Course Information

 

for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department


Patient Care for the Health Sciences (DULT111)

Credits:2

This course prepares the health science student to enter the clinical setting by equipping them with the fundamentals of patient care methods related to diagnostic imaging. Students will learn how to take vital signs and assess when to call for medical assistance, as well as how to properly handle a variety of medical emergencies in patients from the pediatric to the geriatric populations. Other topics covered include: oxygen administration, correct body mechanics, body substance isolation, patient tubes/equipment, pharmacology, and aseptic and sterile techniques.

Introduction to Sonography with Lab (DULT120)

Credits:2

This course is an introduction to the concepts of ultrasound and related techniques. It includes a presentation of the history and technical development of ultrasound and a discussion of the legal issues associated with ultrasound. Emphasis will also be placed on professionalism, prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), sonographic vocabulary, proper annotation, and image orientation. The scheduled lab will emphasize proper scanning technique, application of sonographic terminology, transducer and image orientation, and instrumentation.

Introduction to Sonography Lab (DULT120L)

Credits:0

Introduction to Sonography I (DULT130)

Credits:1

An introduction to the concepts of ultrasound and related techniques. A presentation of the history and technical development of ultrasound and a discussion of the legal issues associated with ultrasound. Emphasis will also be placed on professionalism, prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), sonographic vocabulary, proper annotation, and image orientation.

Introduction to Sonography Lab I (DULT131)

Credits:1

This course is an overview of general and cardiovascular imaging techniques with an emphasis on basic anatomy, measurements and calculations, and application of standard protocol.

Introduction to Sonography Lab II (DULT132)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of Lab I that will include an introduction to scanning protocols. Emphasis will be placed on the individual's specialty area.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum I (DULT133)

Credits:1

This course is a rotation through a variety of clinical sites to gain introductory experience in patient assessment, patient care skills and patient communication skills, ultrasound instrumentation, and departmental procedures. Students will also gain introductory skills in maximizing image quality.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum II (DULT134)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Clinical Practicum I. It includes a rotation through a variety of clinical sites to gain introductory experiences in acquiring sonographic images. Students will also gain introductory experience in documentation of diagnostic and patient data.

Fundamentals of Sonographic Imaging (DULT135)

Credits:1

This course is an exploration of the fundamentals of sonographic imaging. Emphasis will be placed on recognition of normal anatomy, imaging protocols, and normal measurements specific to the declared specialty area.

Directed Study in Sonography (DULT159)

Credits:1

This course provides the student opportunity for directed individual or group study of a particular problem area. Permission of the Department Chair is required for enrollment. May be repeated.

Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I (DULT211)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the physical principles of ultrasonic waves and their propagation, detection, and interaction with matter including biologic effects. The course also includes a study of the physics of Doppler and the principle of Doppler techniques. Bioeffects and safety measures as they pertain to ultrasound will be explored.

Clinical Practicum I (DULT212)

Credits:4

This course is a rotation through various clinical settings to gain experience in the performance of sonographic examinations.

Case Studies in Cardiovascular Sonography I (DULT214)

Credits:1

This course is a presentation of various sonographic cases for view of anatomy, sonographic pathology, and proper imaging techniques. The emphasis is on normal and basic pathological cases.

Cardiac Sonography (DULT215)

Credits:3

This course is a study of normal and pathological conditions of the heart utilizing various ultrasound techniques, such as 2D, M-Mode, Doppler, and transesophageal echocardiography. Cardiac diseases and disease processes that alter cardiac performance and its impact on other organ systems will also be explored. A basic knowledge of congenital and acquired heart disease will be presented. Correlation of other diagnostic testing used in conjunction with cardiac ultrasound will also be reviewed. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course.

Abdominal Sonography (DULT218)

Credits:3

This course will present normal anatomy, sonographic techniques and protocols, assessment, and interpretation of major abdominal organs and superficial structures. Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, abdominal vessels, retroperitoneum, spleen, thyroid, and breast. A study of laboratory values and pathologic conditions will also be explored.

Case Studies in General Sonography I (DULT219)

Credits:1

This course is a presentation of various sonographic cases for a view of anatomy, sonographic pathology, and proper imaging techniques. The emphasis is on protocol, normal anatomy, and basic pathology.

Vascular Sonography (DULT220)

Credits:3

This course is an exposition of normal and pathological conditions associated within the circulatory system. It is an examination of the circulatory anatomy as well as the evaluation of hemodynamics and the impact of associated disease processes. Both direct and indirect testing methods will be presented in the determination of diagnosis and/or progression of vascular disease. Test Validation will be explored. Correlative imaging techniques will be discussed as well. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course.

Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II (DULT221)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the various components of sonographic instrumentation and the application of this technology. The course includes discussion of transducer technology and its applications. Imaging artifacts will also be explored to include those which occur in 2D imaging, spectral, and color Doppler. A comprehensive review and examination will be administered at the end of this course, covering topics included in DULT 211 and DULT 221.

Clinical Practicum II (DULT222)

Credits:4

This course is a continuation of DULT 212 Clinical Practicum I. Students will also be required to complete a four-hour mentorship.

Case Studies General Sonography II (DULT229)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of DULT 219 Case Studies in General Sonography I with an emphasis on the recognition of pathology and its effects on surrounding anatomic structures.

Genitourinary Sonography (DULT230)

Credits:3

This course presents normal anatomy, sonographic techniques and protocols, assessment, and interpretation of the genitourinary system. Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of the kidneys, prostate, scrotum, and female pelvis. A study of laboratory values and pathologic conditions will also be explored.

Clinical Practicum III (DULT232)

Credits:4

A continuation of DULT 222 Clinical Practicum II. Students will also be required to complete a four-hour mentorship.

Cardiovascular Specialties (DULT236)

Credits:3

This course focuses on cardiac embryology and the associated congenital cardiac defects that can occur. An introduction to surgical corrective repair for congenital cardiac defects will also be presented. A basic introduction to the electrophysiology of the heart will be conducted with basic interpretation of ECG monitoring strips discussed. A presentation of the relationships of tests associated with cardiac and vascular sonography, and the adjunct correlative imaging modalities will be presented. Cardiac stress testing and the relationship between stress echo and other correlative imaging modalities will be explored.

Obstetrical Sonography (DULT237)

Credits:3

This course presents normal anatomy and sonographic techniques related to first and second trimester obstetrical imaging. Accessory testing will be reviewed, including various screening and diagnostic tests offered to the obstetrical patient. Pathology identified in the first and second trimesters will also be explored to include ectopic pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease, placental abnormalities, and congenital anomalies. Maternal diseases and possible effects on the fetus will also be reviewed.

Clinical Internship (DULT238)

Credits:5

This course is a continuation of DULT 222 Clinical Practicum II. Students will engage in a 32-hour per week internship to prepare for entry-level employment. Students will also be required to complete a four-hour mentorship.

Seminars in Sonography (DULT239)

Credits:2

This course focuses on a series of lectures which may include the following topics: resume preparation, future developments in ultrasound, purchasing equipment, contrast media, trends in healthcare and/or genetic counseling. Registry reviews and simulated registry examinations will also be given throughout the trimester to allow students to meet graduation requirements.

Case Studies in Cardiovascular Sonography II (DULT241)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of DULT 214 Case Studies in Cardiovascular Sonography I, with an emphasis on the recognition of pathology and its effects on surrounding anatomic structures.

Advanced Specialties in Sonography (DULT245)

Credits:2

This course presents normal anatomy, sonographic techniques and protocols, assessment, and interpretation of sonographic specialty areas. Topics may include vascular imaging, pediatric cardiac sonography, neurosonography, contrast imaging, and musculoskeletal imaging. This course will be taught in a blended, modular format.

Pathophysiology (IMAG328)

Credits:4

This course explores the principles of human physiology and pathologic processes that alter human body's lines of defense and resistance to disease. The course will provide the student with an understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations of pathophysiologic changes as they apply to the imaging professional. The course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock hours).

Diagnostic Imaging (IMAG345)

Credits:3

This course explores the principles of a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques with a focus on how imaging techniques correlate with sonographic examinations. Topics include diagnostic radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, cardiovascular interventional procedures, mammography, and nuclear medicine.

Introduction to Educational Methodology (IMAG351)

Credits:3

This course will provide a study of the principles used in instructional design. Educational theory will be presented, including learning theory, evaluation theory, and system theory. Course development, syllabus building, test construction, learning assessment, and evaluation will be explored.

Research Methods in Allied Health (IMAG497)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the research process as applied to allied health and imaging technology topics. The student will evaluate published research findings for use in sonography and imaging practice. The course requires a written critique of a published imaging technology or allied health research report and presentation of a published imaging technology or allied health research report to peers.

Introduction to Sonography with Lab (SONO101)

Credits:2

This course is an introduction to the concepts of ultrasound and related techniques. It includes a presentation of the history and technical development of ultrasound and a discussion of the legal issues associated with ultrasound. Emphasis will also be placed on professionalism, prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), sonographic vocabulary, proper annotation, and image orientation. The scheduled lab will emphasize proper scanning technique, application of sonographic terminology, transducer and image orientation, and instrumentation.

Introduction to Sonography Lab (SONO101L)

Credits:0

Introduction to Sonography Lab I (SONO105)

Credits:1

All Sonography prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C+” (2.30). This course is an overview of general, vascular and cardiovascular imaging techniques within emphasis on basic anatomy, measurements and calculations, and application of standard protocol.

Introduction to Sonography Lab II (SONO107)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of Lab I that will include an introduction to scanning protocols. Emphasis will be placed on the individual’s specialty area.

Patient Care for the Health Sciences (SONO111)

Credits:2

This course provides the student with the fundamentals of patient care methods related to diagnostic imaging. Students will learn how to take vital signs and assess when to call medical assistance, as well as how to properly handle a variety of medical emergencies in patients from the pediatric to the geriatric populations. Other topics covered include: oxygen administration, correct body mechanics, body substance isolation, patient tubes/equipment, pharmacology, and aseptic and sterile techniques.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum I (SONO123)

Credits:1

This course is a rotation through a variety of clinical sites to gain introductory experience in patient assessment, patient care skills and patient communication skills, ultrasound instrumentation, and departmental procedures. Students will also gain introductory skills in maximizing image quality. Students will be awarded a pass or no pass for this course.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum II (SONO125)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Clinical Practicum I. It includes a rotation through a variety of clinical sites to gain introductory experiences in acquiring sonographic images. Students will also gain introductory experience in documentation of diagnostic and patient data. Students will be awarded a pass or no pass for this course.

Fundamentals and Protocols in Sonography (SONO137)

Credits:3

All Sonography prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C+” (2.30). This course is an exploration of the fundamentals of sonographic imaging. Emphasis will be placed on imaging protocols, recognition of normal anatomy, and normal measurements specific to the declared specialty area. Basic pathology will be explored.

Introduction to Sonography Lab III (SONO203)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of Lab II that will include an introduction to scanning protocols. Emphasis will be placed on the individual’s specialty area and application of advanced imaging protocols.

Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I (SONO211)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the physical principles of ultrasonic waves and their propagation, detection, and interaction with matter including biologic effects. The course also includes a study of the physics of Doppler and the principle of Doppler techniques. Bioeffects and safety measures as they pertain to ultrasound will be explored

Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II (SONO215)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the various components of sonographic instrumentation and the application of this technology. The course includes discussion of transducer technology and its applications. Imaging artifacts will also be explored to include those which occur in 2D imaging, spectral, and color Doppler. A comprehensive review and examination will be administered at the end of this course, covering topics included in SONO215 and SONO211.

Clinical Practicum I (SONO223)

Credits:3

This course is a rotation through various clinical settings to gain experience in the performance of sonographic examinations. Students will perform basic protocols under the guidance of clinical instructors. Students will be awarded a pass or no pass for this course.

Clinical Practicum II (SONO225)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of SONO223 - Clinical Practicum I. Students will also be required to complete a four-hour mentorship. Students will continue to perform protocols and meet examination competency requirements. Students will be awarded a pass or no pass for this course.

Clinical Practicum III (SONO227)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of SONO225 - Clinical Practicum II. Students will also be required to complete a four-hour mentorship. Students will continue to perform protocols and meet examination competency requirements. Students will be awarded a pass or no pass for this course.

Vascular Anatomy and Pathology (SONO301)

Credits:4

This course will provide an overview of normal vascular anatomy and an in-depth exploration of the pathological conditions identified within the circulatory system. This course will research the circulatory anatomy as well as the evaluation of hemodynamics and the impact of disease processes. Both direct and indirect testing methods will be presented in the determination of evaluation and/or progression of vascular disease. Test validation and correlative imaging techniques will be discussed as well. Advanced vascular imaging will also be analyzed. This course is designed for both general and cardiovascular students.

Cardiac Anatomy and Pathology I (SONO303)

Credits:3

This course will provide a review of normal anatomy and an in depth exploration of pathological conditions of the heart utilizing various ultrasound techniques, such as 2D, M-Mode, Doppler, and transesophageal echocardiography. Cardiac pathology and disease processes that alter cardiac performance and its impact on other organ systems will also be analyzed. Correlation of other diagnostic testing used in conjunction with cardiac ultrasound will also be reviewed.

Genitourinary Anatomy and Pathology (SONO305)

Credits:3

This course will provide a review of normal anatomy, assessment, and evaluation of the genitourinary system. Emphasis will be placed on an in depth evaluation of the pathology identified sonographically in the kidneys, prostate, scrotum, and female pelvis. Laboratory values, and disease processes that impact other organ systems will also be explored. Students will correlate sonographic findings with other imaging modalities.

Cardiac Anatomy and Pathology II (SONO307)

Credits:3

An introduction to the electrophysiology of the heart will be conducted with basic interpretation of ECG monitoring strips discussed. A presentation of the relationships of tests associated with cardiac sonography, and the adjunct correlative imaging modalities will be presented. Cardiac stress testing and the relationship between stress echo and other correlative imaging modalities will be explored. Advanced cardiac imaging techniques will be examined.

Abdominal Anatomy and Pathology (SONO309)

Credits:3

This course will provide a review of normal anatomy, assessment, and evaluation of major abdominal organs and superficial structures. Emphasis will be placed on the in-depth evaluation of pathology identified sonographically in the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, abdominal vessels, retroperitoneum, spleen, thyroid, and breast. Laboratory values and disease processes that impact other organ systems will also be explored. Students will correlate sonographic findings with other imaging modalities.

Obstetrical Anatomy and Pathology (SONO311)

Credits:3

This course presents an overview of sonographic evaluation of pregnancy. A review of embryologic development from embryo to fetus will be correlated with sonographic milestones. A detailed exploration of pathology and maternal diseases related to pregnancy the impact on the fetus will be explored. Students will analyze fetal abnormalities identified in each anatomical systems and any associated findings including those associated with syndromes and chromosomal anomalies. Placental aberrations and the effects on the pregnancy will also be evaluated. Accessory testing will be reviewed, including various screening and diagnostic tests offered to the obstetrical patient.

Congenital Heart (SONO313)

Credits:3

This course will explore the embryologic development of the human heart. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of obstetric imaging, including fetal cardiac imaging protocol. Cardiac abnormalities, including those related to abnormal location will be correlated with associated anomalies including syndromes and chromosomal aberrations.

Fundamentals of Vascular Sonography (SONO335)

Credits:4

This course will expose sonographers who are unfamiliar with vascular sonographic and other non-invasive techniques to the fundamental principles of diagnostic testing of the cerebrovascular, peripheral, and abdominal vascular systems. Topics that will be emphasized include extracranial cerebrovascular imaging, non-invasive peripheral arterial and venous testing, and abdominal vasculature sonography. Identification of relevant normal anatomy, pathology, and hemodynamics are explored utilizing B-mode, color flow Doppler, plethysmographic, and spectral Doppler waveform analysis.

Diagnostic Imaging (SONO345)

Credits:3

This course explores the principles of a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques with a focus on how imaging techniques correlate with sonographic examinations. Topics include diagnostic radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, cardiovascular interventional procedures, mammography, and nuclear medicine.

Pediatric Sonography (SONO411)

Credits:3

This course will explore the major areas of pediatric sonographic imaging: the central nervous system, genitourinary system, gastrointestinal system, and musculoskeletal system. Normal anatomy will be reviewed and an in-depth exploration of pathology specific to the pediatric patient will be explored including congenital anomalies and neoplasms. Students will develop a research project to include diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a pathology.

Pediatric Cardiac Sonography (SONO413)

Credits:3

This course will provide a study of pediatric congenital heart disease and the resulting effects on growth and development. When applicable, defects will be explored from diagnosis through adulthood and include treatment options, such as surgical repairs, and prognosis. Students will develop a research project to include diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a pathology.

Critical Thinking Lab (SONO421)

Credits:1

This course will engage students in group settings to integrate sonographic pathology with in-depth patient scenarios including history, clinical assessment, correlative imaging, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for a variety of complex conditions and diseases.

Sonography Specialties and Registry Review (SONO431)

Credits:3

This course focuses on a series of selected topics to prepare students for integration into a sonography department, which may include: resume preparation, future developments in ultrasound, purchasing equipment, contrast media, musculoskeletal imaging, and organ transplantation. Registry reviews and simulated registry examinations will also be given throughout the trimester to allow students to meet graduation requirements and prepare for national certification examinations in the comprehensive specialty areas. Students are required to make a minimum of a 79% on their specialty exams in order to graduate.

Advanced Topics in Sonography (SONO441)

Credits:3

This course requires that students present a proposal for in-depth research of a defined, specialized area within the ultrasound profession. Topics may include, but are not limited to, contrast imaging, 3-D ultrasound, 4-D ultrasound, harmonic imaging, intraoperative ultrasound, transducer technology, the impact of hand-held ultrasound machines or other evolving sonographic diagnostic techniques or topics.

Advanced Sonographic Specialties (SONO447)

Credits:3

This course requires that students present a proposal for in-depth investigation of one of the advanced sonographic specialties which include fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, breast ultrasound, neurosonography, or other approved evolving sonographic specialty areas. The student will learn to identify normal anatomy, describe standard protocol, and demonstrate knowledge of disease and pathology associated with this specialty area.

Research Methods in Allied Health (SONO497)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the research process as applied to allied health and imaging technology topics. The student will evaluate published research findings for use in sonography and imaging practice. The course requires a written critique of a published imaging technology or allied health research report and presentation of a published imaging technology or allied health research report to peers.