Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Staff

Program Director:

Dorsey Ballow, M.Ed., R.D.C.S., R.D.M.S.

Faculty:

Helen Hsu, B.A., R.D.M.S., R.V.T.

Program Description (General Concentration)

The Sonography Program, General Concentration, is an 18-month (6 quarters) program providing didactic and clinical education in abdominal, obstetrical, and gynecologic specialty areas. The program is a General Concentration curriculum with a limited introduction to basic vascular sonography.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national registry examinations.

Graduates of the General Concentration are eligible to take the the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) national registry in Abdominal & OB/Gyn, &/or sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Sonography.

The General Concentration is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Description (Cardiac Concentration)

The Sonography Program, Cardiac Concentration, is an 18-month(6 quarter) program providing didactic and clinical education in Echocardiography including but not limited to adult transthoracic, transesophageal, stress echocardiography specialty areas. The program is a Cardiac Concentration curriculum with an introduction to basic vascular sonography.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national registry examinations.

Graduates of the Cardiac Concentration are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) national registry examination in Adult Echocardiography (RDCS) &/or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) exam in Registered Cardiac Sonography (RCS).

The Cardiac Concentration is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Mission Statement

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program mission is consistent with the mission and goals of Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is committed to providing students with academic excellence. The administration and faculty are dedicated to providing the highest quality education through didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction with emphasis on the psychomotor, affective, and cognitive learning domains. The program is committed to preparing students to take the responsibilities as sonographers, who will provide quality patient care, contribute to their profession and dedicate themselves, as professionals, to life-long learning. These are the foundation of the sonography profession and the program is committed to the education of our students and sonographers in the community.

Educational Goals of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

  • Produce qualified graduates, prepared for entry level careers as diagnostic medical sonographers.
  • Equip students to achieve professional and academic excellence throughout their careers.
  • Prepare graduates to successfully pass the ARDMS examination.
  • Instill professional and ethical behaviors, which are recognized and contained in the Professional Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice as set by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Program Learning Outcomes of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Successful program graduates will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Students follow legal and ethical guidelines for the practice of Sonography.
  • Students can create effective written communications to improve communication with patients and colleagues.
  • Students can function as professionals when interacting with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from their own in the practice of Sonography.
  • Students can analyze problems and issues in the practice of Sonograpy and reach well-reasoned conclusions.
  • Students can apply quantitative reasoning to their practice of Sonography.
  • Students can identify references and synthesize what is found to analyze issues or respond to questions in Sonography.
  • Students can explain the scientific concepts and theories that form the basis for Sonography.
  • Students can use the equipment necessary for the practice of Sonography.

Sonographer Duties

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, also known as Sonographers, or Vascular Sonographers or Echocardiographers use high-frequency sound waves to image organs, masses, motion of blood and heart, and fluid accumulations within the body. An ultrasound image results from the reflection of the sound waves by the body. The images/video clips are viewed on a computer screen and are recorded on various digital formats and are used in interpretation and diagnosis by radiologists, vascular surgeons and/or cardiologists. The technology is advancing rapidly which requires sonographers to be flexible, adaptable team players who are committed lifelong learners. Sonographers assist physicians in the diagnosis.

Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to submitting an application to the program.

Applicants must:

    1. Be graduates of an accredited 18-24 month Allied Health program with current certification/registration in their health specialties. Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to: Radiologic Technology, Medical Technology, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy.
    - OR -
    2. Have a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter college credits with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

All applicants must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better. Courses must be college level and a minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter units.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with a lab (college level)
  • College Algebra
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • General Physics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Computers

NOTE: All foreign diplomas and transcripts must include a notarized translation in English and must be evaluated by a foreign transcript agency prior to submission. Physical Requirements

You must be physically able to:

  • Stand/walk up to 8 hours during an 8-hour shift
  • Must be able to operate and manipulate all sonography equipment
  • Reach forward 18 inches holding an object up to 15 pounds
  • Bend, crouch, or stoop 20 times per hour
  • Push a patient in a wheelchair or gurney 300 feet or further, as required by structural design of the building
  • Move loads of up to 45 pounds 25 times per hour
  • Adequately differentiate sonographic images with subtle gray-scale and color distinctions
  • Adequately distinguish audible sounds in a Doppler signal

Program Structure (General Concentration)

The 18-month (6 quarters, 106.5 quarter credits) continuous Diagnostic Medical Sonography program provides didactic and clinical education for potential Sonographers. Clinical experience occurs at partnering medical centers and medical offices throughout Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance.

Program Structure (Cardiac Concentration)

The 18-month (6 quarters, 105.5 quarter credits) continuous Diagnostic Medical Sonography program provides didactic and clinical education for potential Sonographers. Clinical experience occurs at partnering medical centers and medical offices throughout Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate of completion or bachelor degree from any of the KPSAHS programs, students are required to successfully complete all didactic, lab, and clinical education courses and hours. In addition, all financial obligations to the program must be fulfilled.

The following requirements must be successfully completed:

Cerificate Program:

TOTAL: 106.5 Quarter Credits – General Concentration

TOTAL: 105.5 Quarter Credits – Cardiac Concentration

Bachelor's Program - General Concentration

  • 106.5 Quarter Credits – Sonography (Certificate Program - General)
  • 12 Quarter Credits – Upper Division GE, accepted in transfer
  • TOTAL: 118.5 Quarter Credits

Bachelor's Program - Cardiac Concentration

  • 105.5 Quarter Credits – Sonography (Certificate Program - Cardiac)
  • 12 Quarter Credits – Upper Division GE, accepted in transfer
  • TOTAL: 117.5 Quarter Credits

Upper Division Requirements for General Education for Degree Program Only

Twelve (12) quarter credits of upper division general education from the following grouping in subjects of:

  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Management
  • Scientific Inquiry*

Upper Division General Education credit may be obtained at KPSAHS.

Transfer of Upper Division General Education credit may be accepted for courses which meet the following requirements:

  • Credit received from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Coursework demonstrates learning outcomes deemed to be comparable to KPSAHS GE Course Learning Outcomes.

*Scientific Inquiry is required of all students, with remaining courses to be selected from a minimum of two subjects from those identified.

Tuition

Tuition is $2,909.50 per quarter or $17,457.00 for the entire program (for students beginning in 2014 - does not apply to currently enrolled students). Students must also purchase the required books and uniforms. The cost of textbooks, clinical education materials and lab and registration fees is approximately $1,200.00.

Please Note: The information provided in this website is subject to change without notice.

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Related Links

American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
www.ardms.org

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
www.jrcdms.org

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
www.caahep.org

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
www.sdms.org

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
www.aium.org

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
bppe.ca.gov

Society for Vascular Ultrasound
www.svunet.org