Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO) certificate program serves to enhance the professional skills of individuals who are currently certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent and have State of Connecticut licensure.
- In this advanced certificate program, students gain eligibility to earn an additional credential in medical sonography-- highly attractive to potential employers.
- Our program offers flexible schedules and evening classes.
- Our 15+ clinical affiliates in the Greater Hartford area include major hospitals and private imaging offices, affording students real-world training.
The SONO concentration consists of 24-26 total credits. Students complete 15 credits of academic coursework and 9-11 clinical course credits. The academic courses are sequential and begin with a foundations course that prepares students for the clinical application of sonographic principles.
The academic coursework also helps prepare students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination and Abdomen (AB) specialty exam offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Four clinical semesters comprise the course of study, which begin in the first summer of the program and end the following summer. During the final clinical courses (SONO 470 Clinical Externship I and SONO 480 Clinical Externship II), students are expected to perform as the primary sonographers during imaging studies.
Eligible students who successfully complete all of the SONO concentration courses receive a Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate. The completion of the academic and clinical components of the SONO concentration also helps to prepare students for the certification examination in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Students should carefully review the eligibility requirements for credentialing by the ARDMS. Those requirements are substantially greater than the requirements of the SONO certificate concentration. Students who complete only the requirements of the SONO certificate concentration may not be eligible for ARDMS credentialing. Additional clinical and/or academic hours are likely necessary to achieve ARDMS eligibility.
Students who wish to complete the eligibility requirements for ARDMS credentialing must extend the overall length of the program to a minimum of 12 months and must complete more than 1,680 total program hours. Please refer to the ARDMS eligibility requirements for more information.
Individuals are required to be CPR-certified and must undergo a background check and drug screen prior to clinical placement.
For specific information on the certificate and course schedule, contact
Kori Stewart, MHS RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
Clinical Director, CT/MRI/SONO