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Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
HEGIS #5207
Chairperson: Margaret Ewart
Brahan Hall, Room 026, (518) 629-7123

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a one-year certificate program offered through the Medical Imaging Department. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) learning domains. Sonography has recently developed into a specialized and technical part of diagnostic medical imaging. The demands on a sonographer require a working knowledge of cross sectional anatomy, pathology and its echogenic appearance, as well as scanning techniques to obtain the optimum image.

The program coordinates academic study with clinical experience during two terms as well as a clinical component for one summer. The clinical experience will affiliate the student with at least one of fifteen area imaging centers. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS exam.

The program not only prepares the graduate for employment, but also for transfer to four year degree programs. Hudson Valley’s articulation agreement with Empire State College allows the graduate to pursue a baccalaureate degree while employed full-time.

The program has received New York State Education Department accreditation, and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 6021 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Students in this program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and clinical education site and if the clinical site deems the student unfit to attend the site, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to be licensed. Applicants should see the department chairperson.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography core courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Courses

Notes

High School Average

Must have a minimum of an associates degree in an allied health program which requires hospital based patient care experience with a 2.5 cumulative average or a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 cumulative average and a minimum of 400 hours of hospital-based patient care experience including 40 hours in department.

All candidates applying must have a minimum of a “C” or higher in the additional college level entrance requirements.

College level courses mandated: 8 credits human anatomy and physiology; 3 credits algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course; 4 credits physics and/or radiographic physics; 3 credits of English such as composition or public speaking. Allied health programs may include: Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, RN, OTA, PTA, MD or DO.

N/A

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $910.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

SONO 252
Sonography Concepts and Physical Instrumentation 3
SONO 254
Cross Sectional Anatomy of the Abdomen 2
SONO 256
Cross Sectional Anatomy of Ob-Gyn 2
SONO 258
Sonography Clinic I 8
SONO 262
Sonography Physics 4
SONO 264
Pathophysiology of Abdomen 2
SONO 266
Pathophysiology of Ob-Gyn 2
SONO 268
Sonography Clinic II 8
SONO 278*
Sonography Clinic III 13
Total Credits Required
44

*Additional clinical experience at assigned hospital to qualify for national exam.

Please note: there is a required intersession semester and a required summer semester for this program.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
SONO 252 Sonography Concepts and Physical Instrumentation 3
SONO 254 Cross Sect. Anat. of the Abdomen 2
SONO 256 Cross Sect. Anat. of Ob-Gyn 2
SONO 258 Sono. Clinic I 8
  Term Total 15
SECOND TERM
SONO 262 Sonography Physics 4
SONO 264 Pathophysiology of Abdomen 2
SONO 266 Pathophysiology of Ob-Gyn 2
SONO 268 Sonography Clinic II 8 8
  Term Total 16

Intersession 1 - 40 hour week in clinic (part of SONO 258)*
Summer Term - SONO 278 Sonography Clinic III* 13