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Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Enroll Now! Start July 2024

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Sonographers serve as the eyes of doctors, helping diagnose life-threatening medical conditions.

Our Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students to use non-invasive techniques for essential diagnostics as sonographers. It provides an in-depth journey into vascular, obstetric, gynecologic, abdominal, and musculoskeletal sonography, and more, giving students a well-rounded introduction to the various modalities of ultrasound.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 36-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in On Campus Ultrasound Labs
  • SPI and ARDMS Registry Preparation
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 6 months of Externship Experience
  • No Prerequisites Required
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We are a true partner in your journey to becoming part of the medical imaging profession.

For over 25 years, the founders of Smith Chason College have made it our mission to produce graduates who display academic excellence with the highest levels of integrity.

Through classroom lectures and hands-on experience, including an externship, students in our Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will learn:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
  • Vascular, Abdominal, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds, and Superficial Structures, such as Thyroid and Breast
  • Modules in advanced training in Vascular, Biopsies procedures, as well as Emergency Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound procedures for biopsy and preventative screening protocols
  • How to relate anatomy and physiology to the field of diagnostic medical sonography
  • How to care for patients undergoing ultrasound procedures
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Gain hands-on experience alongside your peers in on-campus ultrasound labs utilizing a variety of industry-standard ultrasound machines

At Smith Chason College, our commitment to comprehensive education extends beyond the classroom. Through our externship and clinical programs, we seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience, empowering our students to thrive in their respective fields. Collaborating with esteemed hospitals and clinics nationwide, we offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced mentors. Whether aspiring to become proficient sonographers, MRI technologists, nurses, or healthcare professionals, our students gain invaluable real-life experience, ensuring they emerge as exceptional practitioners prepared to meet the demands of their chosen profession. 

These immersive experiences are typically conducted toward the end of the program, allowing students to apply their accumulated knowledge in real-world settings. Moreover, these opportunities often serve as a gateway to potential job opportunities, enabling students to forge connections and establish themselves within their chosen field even before graduation. At Smith Chason College, we believe in equipping our students with not only the requisite skills but also the practical experience and industry connections necessary for a successful career in healthcare. 

Course Name Course # Lecture Hours Lab/Externship Hours Credit Hours
Algebra I ALG201 30 0 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology I AP100 75 0 7.5
Anatomy and Physiology II AP200 75 0 7.5
Biology BIO300 45 0 4.5
Ethics and Leadership ETH300 45 0 4.5
Introduction to General Physics PHY301 45 0 4.5
Psychology PSY300 45 0 4.5
Human Growth and Development PSY303 30 0 3.0
Oral Communication OCOM201 30 0 3.0
Statistics STAT202 30 0 3.0
Written Communication WCOM201 30 0 3.0
Abdominal Ultrasound Lecture ABD211 120 0 8.0
Abdominal Ultrasound Laboratory ABD211L 0 120 6.0
Advanced Vascular Sonography Lecture VAS202 120 0 8.0
Advanced Vascular Sonography Laboratory VAS202L 0 120 6.0
Obstetrics and Gynecology Lecture OBG211 120 0 8.0
Obstetrics and Gynecology Laboratory OBG211L 0 120 6.0
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Lecture MSK301 120 0 8.0
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Laboratory MSK301L 0 120 6.0
Medical Terminology MT200 48 0 3.0
Procedures and Biopsy Lecture PB301 120 0 8.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lecture PHY201 120 0 8.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory PHY201L 0 120 6.0
Vascular Sonography Lecture VAS201 120 0 8.0
Vascular Sonography Laboratory VAS201L 0 120 6.0
Externship Preparation Laboratory I EPL201 0 44 2.0
Externship Preparation Laboratory Advanced II EPL401 0 52 2.5
Externship Preparation Laboratory Advanced III EPL402 0 52 2.5
Externship I (BS) EXT401 0 470 15.5
Externship II (BS) EXT402 0 470 15.5

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the BS Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will

  1. Perform complete diagnostic medical ultrasound exams in a variety of clinical settings using appropriate sonographic instrumentation techniques and proper sonographer ergonomics with patient positioning.
  2. Obtain, review, and apply pertinent medical history and supporting laboratory data to facilitate optimal diagnostic findings relative to the
    presenting indications.
  3. Integrate knowledge of cross-sectional and relational anatomy with physiology, pathophysiology, and pathology as it relates to clinical correlation and appropriate sonographic image acquisition.
  4. Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health.
  5. Document anatomical structure, physiological function, and pathological findings for the interpreting physician.
  6. Exercise the appropriate level of autonomy utilizing critical thinking, problem solving and emotional intelligence to make judgments and decisions related to patient care.
  7. Model culturally sensitive, ethical, and professional behaviors as a member of the healthcare team.
  8. Communicate findings to varied audiences, using effective oral, visual, and written communication skills relevant to performing a diagnostic medical ultrasound.
  9. Apply knowledge and skills to register and complete nationally recognized certification exams.

Class schedules are subject to change. Students will be notified of any change prior to the start of the quarter. Not all schedules are available at all campuses. Speak to an admissions representative to learn more about which schedules are available for your requested start date. 

Weekday/Weeknight:   

  • Mornings: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM  
  • Evenings: Monday through Friday, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM 

Weekend:  

  • Saturday – Sunday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM  
  • Friday – May be required

All applicants must meet the Smith Chason College General Admissions Requirements and pass the entrance exam to be eligible for enrollment.

Entrance Exam  

All applicants for the Bachelor Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must pass the Wonderlic entrance exam with a minimum passing score of:

  • 325 (Verbal)
  • 275 (Quantitative)

Prepare for Your Future at Smith Chason

Our dedicated healthcare professionals are always ready to impart their knowledge towards your development. At Smith Chason College WCUI School of Medical Imaging, we’re committed to ensuring your education continues seamlessly, empowering you with the essential knowledge and skills to stand alongside them.

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    Offsite Externship and MRI Lab Experience

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Take the next step

Find the information you need to apply to Smith Chason College on our Admissions Page.

  • STEP 01

    Connect with an admissions advisor

  • STEP 02

    Register for your entrance exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your educational journey