College of St. Joseph offers an educational experience for qualified individuals interested in a career as a sonographer.
Diagnostic medical sonography, more commonly referred to as ultrasound, is a growing healthcare career field with excellent job prospects. Sonographers are highly skilled clinicians who perform ultrasound studies as ordered by providers for their patients.
Graduates of the Sonography Program will be thoroughly prepared in the areas of physics as it applies to sonography, communication skills for healthcare professionals and sonography scanning techniques related to the abdomen, pelvis, fetus and vascular.
This is a full-time, 127-credit degree that will require approximately 36 hours per week of students’ time. Upon successful completion of the academic and clinical competencies required for the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Sonography for certification.
Admissions to the Sonography Program
The Radiologic Sciences – Sonography Program is a closed major.
Applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission into the college’s Health Science Program. Once students have completed all general education and Health Science course requirements, they will be eligible to apply for admission into the Sonography Program. Once your application is received and reviewed by program faculty, select applicants will be invited for an interview.
Applicants who have completed a radiological technology program are given preference.
For all applicants, a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average (GPA) for overall education and a 3.0 GPA in science and mathematics courses are required. Transfer students must meet the standards as an entering freshmen; 3.0 GPA average as well as 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses.
Clinical education is provided in cooperating medical centers and community clinics.
- Springfield Hospital – Springfield, Vt.
- Porter Medical Center – Middlebury, Vt.
- Mt. Ascutney Hospital – Windsor, Vt.
- Central Vermont Medical Center – Berlin, Vt.
- Gifford Medical Center – Randolph, Vt.
The diagnostic medical sonographer utilizes high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical diagnosis. The professional level of this health care service requires highly skilled and competent individuals who function as integral members of the health care team. The diagnostic sonographer must be able to produce and evaluate ultrasound images and related data that are used by providers to render a medical diagnosis. The diagnostic sonographer must acquire and maintain specialized technical skills and medical knowledge to render quality patient care.
In the required curriculum, as well as in the career field of sonography, the student and sonographer must be able to:
- Lift and move patients and accessories
- Coordinate movement of equipment, such as portable machines and accessories
- Utilize “universal precautions” when working with all types of patients when appropriate
- Communicate instructions to patients, peers, and healthcare personnel
- Hear audible cues and warnings of imaging and Doppler equipment and life support devices
- Utilize the sense of touch in order to provide patient care and position patients for sonographic examinations
- Exhibit the dexterity to manipulate the transducer in the necessary maneuvers to achieve the optimum examination and to operate the controls of the equipment
- Evaluate images, distinguishing between black, white, and shades of gray tones, and recognize and evaluate shades of color in images and color flow Doppler
- Utilize interpersonal skills to professionally and sensitively interact with patients who are experiencing physical or emotional trauma
- Utilize oral and written communications to assess clinical records, comprehend and employ appropriate medical terminology and interact with the referring and/or attending physician with oral and written impressions regarding sonographic data as permitted by employer policy and procedure
- Exercise professional judgment and discretion to identify a life-threatening situation and implement emergency care
- Perform within the scope of practice.
- Protect the patient’s rights and privacy and adhere to the Professional Code of Conduct.
About the Arts & Science Division
The Bachelor of Science in Sonography is offered under the Arts & Science Division.
The rich opportunities of the Arts & Sciences Division go well beyond the classroom. You’ll find yourself taking advantage of internships and honor societies, participating in campus events, conferences, visits to cultural sites and much more. The Arts & Sciences Division offers undergraduate majors in English, Health Science, History, Liberal Studies, Radiologic Sciences, and Sonography.