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 (ARRT) or equivalent. Eligible students who successfully complete all of the SONO concentration courses will receive a Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate. The completion of the academic and clinical components of the SONO concentration will also help prepare the student for the certification examination in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The SONO concentration consists of 23 total credits. Students complete 15 credits of academic coursework and 8 clinical course credits. The academic courses are sequential in nature and begin with a foundations course that prepares the student for the clinical application of sonographic principles. The academic coursework also helps prepare the student for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination and Abdomen (AB) specialty exam, offered by the ARDMS. There are three (3) clinical semesters in which students complete a minimum of 944 clinical hours. The final clinical course (SONO 470) is an externship during which the student is expected to perform as the primary ultrasonographer during imaging studies.
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 select to 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 1680 total program hours. Please refer to the ARDMS eligibility requirements for more information (www.ardms.org).
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO) certificate program consists of the following academic and clinical coursework:
Summer Session 1
SONO 400 - Foundations of Ultrasound (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the entry-level sonographer to the basic terminology, instrumentation, and anatomy required to begin the first level practicum in ultrasound. Prerequisites: Professional credential in the radiologic sciences and/or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee.
Summer Session 2
SONO 460 - Ultrasound Clinical 1 (2 Credits)
Students perform ultrasound procedures under direct supervision with the focus on general abdominal procedures. Clinical competency evaluations are performed during this course. Prerequisite: SONO 400. Laboratory fee.
SONO 410 - Ultrasound Physics 1 (3 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to ultrasound physics, wave phenomena, and transducer technology. The physical basis of image production including the characteristics of ultrasonic propagation, system electronics, the interaction of ultrasound and human tissue, and the principles of image quality are discussed. Prerequisite(s): SONO 400 or permission of the instructor. Laboratory fee.
SONO 420 - Abdominal Ultrasound (3 Credits)
This course is a comprehensive examination of abdominal ultrasound, including normal anatomy and pathologic conditions of the abdominal and pelvic organs and vasculature. Prerequisite(s): SONO 400. Laboratory fee.
SONO 465 - Ultrasound Clinical 2 (3 Credits)
Students perform ultrasound procedures under direct supervision with the focus on advanced abdominal and basic pelvic imaging. Clinical competency evaluations are performed during this course. Prerequisite(s): SONO 460. Laboratory fee.
SONO 411 - Ultrasound Physics 2 (3 Credits)
This is the second course in ultrasound physics required for the certificate program in ultrasound. The topics include advanced physics, Boyle’s law, Doppler phenomenon, and emerging techniques in ultrasound technology. Prerequisite(s): SONO 410. Laboratory fee.
SONO 425 - Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound (3 Credits)
This course is a comprehensive examination of female pelvic ultrasound including gynecologic and basic obstetric applications. Both normal anatomy and pathologic conditions will be explored. Prerequisite(s): SONO 400. Laboratory fee.
SONO 470 - Ultrasound Externship (3 Credits)
This is the third of three clinical courses in ultrasound. Students engage in independent practice of ultrasound imaging and are required to consolidate previous course objectives and apply them to an externship/internship clinical setting. Prerequisite(s): SONO 465. Laboratory fee.
For specific information on the certificate and course schedule, contact
Clinical Director, Ultrasound Program