All semesters are taught in the classroom, laboratory and at clinical affiliates. Classes are 3-5 students thereby offering more one-on-one time with your didactic and clinical instructors. Clinical education courses allow the experience of hands-on sonography training in local hospitals and vascular clinics.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Radiologic Sciences – Songraphy Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for Radiologic Sciences-Sonography

CourseCreditsDescription

General Education Core Requirements

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
English Elective3The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography Program requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
Math Elective3The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography Program requires students to take three math credits.
MAT202 Statistics3Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore standing.
Fine Arts Elective3The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography Program requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
History Elective3The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography Program requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
REL206 Faith Traditions3
This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
PHI301 Ethics for the Professional3An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required.
BIO102 Biology II4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, cells, genetics, animal development and animal form and function. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO101. $125 lab fee.
BIO201 Medical Terminology1Medical terminology is the specialized language of health care practitioners. In this course, students will be immersed in word roots, prefixes, suffixes, eponyms and abbreviations used in medical language. Students will be expected to discern meanings and pronunciations of medical terms in general, and for medical language specific to body regions, organs and organ systems, tissues, medical diagnoses and procedures and diseases and disease treatment.
BIO231 Anatomy & Physiology I4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central, unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to the integument and to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The anatomy and physiology of the integument and the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems will be examined, as will the special senses. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
BIO232 Anatomy & Physiology II4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be examined, as will metabolism, fluid electrolyte and acid-base balance and development and inheritance. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO321. $125 lab fee.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology**3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
ACT402 Unity Seminar2This seminar course asks students to look back on their time at the College and reflect on how courses and co-curricular activities informed their growth as people and students. Students will construct a portfolio demonstrating the core values of the college and present their findings to their peers.
General Electives7The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography Program requires students to take seven General Elective credits.

Specific Requirements

Sequence as prescribed
Fall Junior Year
SON301 Principles of Sonography4An introduction to principles of ultrasound with emphasis on physical principles, instrumentation, and terminology. Laboratory sessions will introduce students to scanning techniques and image recognition, as well as anatomical modeling. Course Prerequisites: Admission into DMS program Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee.
SON365 Sonographic Anatomy & Physiology I (Abdomen)3Study of gross, sagittal and cross sectional anatomy of the abdomen and the pathologic changes and disease which are found in ultrasound examinations of the abdominal region. Course Prerequisites: Admission into DMS program.
SON375 Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN I3In depth study of the anatomy of the female reproductive organs and associated pathologic changes with an introduction to first trimester fetal development. Course Prerequisites: Admission into DMS program.
SON375 Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN I4Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Basic examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: Admission into DMS/continuance Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee.
SON391 Clinical Procedures I6Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Expansion of basic examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON391 Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee.
Spring Junior Year
SON321 Sonographic Physics 3An introduction to principles of ultrasound with emphasis on physical principles, instrumentation and terminology. Laboratory sessions will offer "hands-on" learning techniques. Course Prerequisites: SON301 Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee.
SON366 Sonographic Anatomy & Physiology II (Abdomen II-small parts)3Study of the gross, sagittal, and cross sectional anatomy of the abdomen and the pathologic changes and disease which are found in the ultrasound examination of the abdominal region. Course Prerequisites: SON365.
SON377 Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN II3A continuation of OB/GYN I, with emphasis on the continuing process of fetal development and associated pathologic conditions. Course Prerequisites: SON301 and SON375.
SON396 Clinical Procedures II6Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Expansion of basic examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON391 Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee.
Summer Prior to Fall of Senior Year
SON397 Clinical Procedures III (Summer only)5Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Advanced examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON396 Lab uniform required.
SON398 Clinical Procedures IV (Summer only)5Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Advanced examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON397 Lab uniform required.
Fall of Senior Year
SON433 Principles of Sonography (Vascular)4An introduction to principles of vascular technology with emphasis on hemodynamics, ultrasound imaging, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler. Review of vascular anatomy and pathology physical principles, instrumentation, and terminology. Laboratory sessions will introduce students to vascular scanning techniques and image recognition, as well as Doppler signal production, measurements, and interpretation. Course Prerequisites: SON365, SON366, SON321 Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee.
SON491 Clinical Procedures V8Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Advanced examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON398. Lab uniform required.
Spring of Senior Year
SON434 Seminars in Sonography (review)4An introduction to principles of vascular technology with emphasis on hemodynamics, ultrasound imaging, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler. Review of vascular anatomy and pathology physical principles, instrumentation, and terminology. Laboratory sessions will introduce students to vascular scanning techniques and image recognition, as well as Doppler signal production, measurements, and interpretation. Course Prerequisites: SON365, SON366, SON321 Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee.
SON492 Clinical Procedures8Observation and direct clinical experience at selected clinical sites designed to familiarize students with working procedures in an ultrasound lab. Advanced examination techniques will be performed. Course Prerequisites: SON491. Lab uniform required.
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