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Description of the Profession
Within the radiologic sciences profession, there is a need for qualified diagnostic medical sonographers. These professionals require unique skills specific to the field of ultrasonography. Under the direction of a radiologist, the diagnostic medical sonographer is concerned with the proper operation of the ultrasound equipment and preparation of patients for various types of diagnostic procedures.
Upon request of a physician, the diagnostic medical sonographer examines various parts of the body by using sound waves. This imaging technique may reveal evidence of disease, injury, or other significant medical information.
Graduates of the Program
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen /Small Parts, and OB/Gyn exams offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Length of the Program
A new class begins the professional course work in summer session II for non-health care students and in the fall semester for the health care student. This program will complete their professional portion at the end of the following fall semester.
Structure of the Professional Program
Classes are held during the day. Clinical experience is scheduled in cooperation with the clinical site and are also during normal daytime hours.
Design of the Professional Curriculum
Lectures, lab, and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the program.
Opportunity for Students to Work
Students may find full-time employment during the professional year difficult.
Description of Facilities
The classroom and offices of the Radiologic Sciences—DMS Concentration Program are located in the Dunes Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest. Clinical experience is provided at local hospitals.