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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

As imaging technology has continued to evolve, medical facilities continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive, costly procedures. Ultrasound is often less expensive than other imaging technologies and is often used as a first-line tool for diagnosis. Third-party payers encourage the use of these noninvasive measures over invasive ones in order to save on costs. Diagnostic medical sonographers and other diagnostic imaging personnel will continue to be needed in health care settings to provide an alternative to imaging techniques that involve radiation.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) program at North-West College trains students to develop the skills needed to perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound equipment for diagnosis and interpretation by a physician.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (also called Ultrasound Technicians) operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

Preparing patients for procedures by taking a patient’s medical history and answering any questions about the procedure.
Recording findings and keeping track of patients’ records.
Analyzing diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians.
Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information.
Reviewing images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses.
Operating equipment to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests.
Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS or ultrasound) program at North-West College provides students with a balanced education through competency-based training that combines didactic instruction with the demonstration and performance of practical skills. Graduates from the DMS program have the technical knowledge and clinical skills necessary for entry-level employment as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm (visited March 2019).

** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

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The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) program is available at the following campuses:

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Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 1-888-408-4211. Classes are starting soon!

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Careers and Work Environment

Sonographers perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound scanners to produce images of the anatomical areas for diagnosis and interpretation by a physician. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working with medical diagnostic imaging.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

Mobile imaging centers and other healthcare related facilities.
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
Medical Clinics
Physician’s Offices
Hospitals

Quick Facts about Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*

Most diagnostic imaging workers work full time. Some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight because they work in facilities that are always open.
Diagnostic imaging workers will continue to be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.
As the large Baby Boomer population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses.
Employment of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Course Material

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program at North-West College provides students with the technical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to potentially gain entry-level employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Ultrasound Tech working with ultrasound equipment in medical clinics, imaging centers, hospitals, mobile imaging services and other medical facilities. This 84-week program is divided into thirteen class course modules plus three 216-hour clinical externships where students will apply the skills they learn in the classroom in actual health care practice settings.

College Success

This initial course in the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program is designed to increase student success in his/her professional and personal life through discussions and activities that promote achievement of career skills. Topics covered include time management, test-taking skills, goal setting, study habits and techniques, self-esteem, image, and motivation. Strategies to strengthen reading, writing, research, and quantitative abilities are emphasized. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 10 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology I

A & P I presents, in detail, structural organization, cells/tissues, glands and membranes, skeletal system, muscular system, and medical terminology. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology II

This course presents, in detail, the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood/lymphatic system, urinary system, and medical terminology. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology III

A & P III presents, in detail, the nervous system, sensory and integumentary system, digestive system, and endocrine/respiratory systems. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Physics I

The course provides an understanding of the physics of ultrasound including the transducer, image formation, and display. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Physics II

The course provides an introduction to the technology of ultrasound including knobology, Doppler, color flow, m-mode, 2-D scanning, instrumentation, and safety. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Introduction to Vascular Technology

Vascular Technology is an introduction to vascular Sonography, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, vascular anatomy and pathology. The course is not designed to prepare students as Vascular Technologists. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Abdomen I

This course develops an understanding of anatomy combined with basic scanning skills of the aorta, IVC, liver, and gallbladder. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Abdomen II

The class continues the understanding of anatomy combined with basic scanning skills of the gallbladder, pancreas, kidney, and spleen. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Small Parts

This course presents small parts anatomy and pathology along with the continued development of scanning skills. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Gynecology

The course focuses on an understanding of anatomy, pathology, and scanning skills to perform various gynecological ultrasound procedures. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Obstetrics III

Building from 104/II, this course continues to refine the scanning skills associated with the anatomy and pathology of first, second, and third trimester pregnancy procedures. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship I

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship II

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship III

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Course Activities

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Technicians) specialize in creating images of the body’s organs and tissues. The images are known as sonograms (or ultrasounds). Sonograms are often the first imaging test performed when disease is suspected. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers may work closely with physicians or surgeons before, during, and after procedures.

The following are examples of types of diagnostic medical sonographers:

Abdominal sonographers specialize in imaging a patient’s abdominal cavity and nearby organs, such as the kidney, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, or spleen. Abdominal sonographers may assist with biopsies or other examinations requiring ultrasound guidance.
Breast sonographers specialize in imaging a patient’s breast tissues. Sonography can confirm the presence of cysts and tumors that may have been detected by the patient, physician, or a mammogram. Breast sonographers work closely with physicians and assist with procedures that track tumors and help to provide information for making decisions about the best treatment options for breast cancer patients.
Musculoskeletal sonographers specialize in imaging muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. These sonographers may assist with ultrasound guidance for injections, or during surgical procedures that deliver medication or treatment directly to affected tissues.
Pediatric sonographers specialize in imaging child and infant patients. Many of the medical conditions they image are associated with premature births or birth defects. Pediatric sonographers may work closely with pediatricians and other caregivers.
Obstetric and gynecologic sonographers specialize in imaging the female reproductive system. Many pregnant women receive sonograms to track the baby’s growth and health. Obstetrical sonographers work closely with physicians in detecting congenital birth defects.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Technicians) typically perform the following tasks:

Preparing patients for procedures by taking a patient’s medical history and answering any questions about the procedure.
Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment.
Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests.
Reviewing images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses.
Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information.
Analyzing diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians.
Record findings and keep track of patients’ records.

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at

1-888-408-4211

Classes are starting soon!

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (also called Ultrasound Technicians) operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

Preparing patients for procedures by taking a patient’s medical history and answering any questions about the procedure.
Recording findings and keeping track of patients’ records.
Analyzing diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians.
Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information.
Reviewing images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses.
Operating equipment to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests.
Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS or ultrasound) program at North-West College provides students with a balanced education through competency-based training that combines didactic instruction with the demonstration and performance of practical skills. Graduates from the DMS program have the technical knowledge and clinical skills necessary for entry-level employment as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm (visited March 2019).

** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

Proudly accredited, licensed to operate and/or recognized by the following institutions:

  1. Programs
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Attend Classes at a California (CA) Campus Near You!

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) program is available at the following campuses:

Meet a Graduate

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 1-888-408-4211. Classes are starting soon!

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Careers and Work Environment

Sonographers perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound scanners to produce images of the anatomical areas for diagnosis and interpretation by a physician. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working with medical diagnostic imaging.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

Mobile imaging centers and other healthcare related facilities.
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
Medical Clinics
Physician’s Offices
Hospitals

Quick Facts about Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*

Most diagnostic imaging workers work full time. Some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight because they work in facilities that are always open.
Diagnostic imaging workers will continue to be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.
As the large Baby Boomer population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses.
Employment of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Course Material

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program at North-West College provides students with the technical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to potentially gain entry-level employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Ultrasound Tech working with ultrasound equipment in medical clinics, imaging centers, hospitals, mobile imaging services and other medical facilities. This 84-week program is divided into thirteen class course modules plus three 216-hour clinical externships where students will apply the skills they learn in the classroom in actual health care practice settings.

College Success

This initial course in the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program is designed to increase student success in his/her professional and personal life through discussions and activities that promote achievement of career skills. Topics covered include time management, test-taking skills, goal setting, study habits and techniques, self-esteem, image, and motivation. Strategies to strengthen reading, writing, research, and quantitative abilities are emphasized. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 10 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology I

A & P I presents, in detail, structural organization, cells/tissues, glands and membranes, skeletal system, muscular system, and medical terminology. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology II

This course presents, in detail, the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood/lymphatic system, urinary system, and medical terminology. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Anatomy and Physiology III

A & P III presents, in detail, the nervous system, sensory and integumentary system, digestive system, and endocrine/respiratory systems. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Physics I

The course provides an understanding of the physics of ultrasound including the transducer, image formation, and display. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Physics II

The course provides an introduction to the technology of ultrasound including knobology, Doppler, color flow, m-mode, 2-D scanning, instrumentation, and safety. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Introduction to Vascular Technology

Vascular Technology is an introduction to vascular Sonography, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, vascular anatomy and pathology. The course is not designed to prepare students as Vascular Technologists. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Abdomen I

This course develops an understanding of anatomy combined with basic scanning skills of the aorta, IVC, liver, and gallbladder. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Abdomen II

The class continues the understanding of anatomy combined with basic scanning skills of the gallbladder, pancreas, kidney, and spleen. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Small Parts

This course presents small parts anatomy and pathology along with the continued development of scanning skills. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Gynecology

The course focuses on an understanding of anatomy, pathology, and scanning skills to perform various gynecological ultrasound procedures. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Obstetrics III

Building from 104/II, this course continues to refine the scanning skills associated with the anatomy and pathology of first, second, and third trimester pregnancy procedures. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship I

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship II

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Externship III

Working in the industry on a non-paid clinical externship. Externship schedules are similar to typical industry work days. Students will be assigned out-of-class work of approximately 24 hours for this class

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) Course Activities

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Technicians) specialize in creating images of the body’s organs and tissues. The images are known as sonograms (or ultrasounds). Sonograms are often the first imaging test performed when disease is suspected. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers may work closely with physicians or surgeons before, during, and after procedures.

The following are examples of types of diagnostic medical sonographers:

Abdominal sonographers specialize in imaging a patient’s abdominal cavity and nearby organs, such as the kidney, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, or spleen. Abdominal sonographers may assist with biopsies or other examinations requiring ultrasound guidance.
Breast sonographers specialize in imaging a patient’s breast tissues. Sonography can confirm the presence of cysts and tumors that may have been detected by the patient, physician, or a mammogram. Breast sonographers work closely with physicians and assist with procedures that track tumors and help to provide information for making decisions about the best treatment options for breast cancer patients.
Musculoskeletal sonographers specialize in imaging muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. These sonographers may assist with ultrasound guidance for injections, or during surgical procedures that deliver medication or treatment directly to affected tissues.
Pediatric sonographers specialize in imaging child and infant patients. Many of the medical conditions they image are associated with premature births or birth defects. Pediatric sonographers may work closely with pediatricians and other caregivers.
Obstetric and gynecologic sonographers specialize in imaging the female reproductive system. Many pregnant women receive sonograms to track the baby’s growth and health. Obstetrical sonographers work closely with physicians in detecting congenital birth defects.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Technicians) typically perform the following tasks:

Preparing patients for procedures by taking a patient’s medical history and answering any questions about the procedure.
Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment.
Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests.
Reviewing images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses.
Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information.
Analyzing diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians.
Record findings and keep track of patients’ records.

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at

1-888-408-4211

Classes are starting soon!