About Our Ultrasound Program
Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to prepare students with the general education, applied knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in the diagnostic medical sonography field.
Diagnostic medical sonography utilizes high-frequency sound waves that produce images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body that help doctors diagnose patient illness. Sonographers typically work closely with patients and radiologists in health-care settings, including hospitals, diagnostic medical centers, mobile ultrasound companies, medical clinics, and physician’s offices.
The diagnostic medical sonographer utilizes medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.
Typical tasks include registering patients, setting up appointments, operating the systems and performing ultrasound procedures.
Coursework includes routine clinical procedures, patient care, equipment handling and operation, as well as a clinical externship needed to become an entry-level sonographer.
Paying for College
Federal student financial aid is available to those who qualify. Eligible students may apply for funding from the Veterans Administration (VA) or the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA).
- To provide education and training to students so they possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level sonographer
- Provide individuals with didactic and hands-on lab education regarding the clinical skills in patient care, medical imaging procedures, patient positioning techniques, scanning principles, protocols and procedures
- Prepare students to take and pass either the ARDMS or ARRT certification examinations
- Prepare students to perform effectively as skilled allied health professionals with skills needed to meet the demand for quality employees
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth of 17% is projected from 2016–2026. The BLS also publishes data on career outlook and salary expectations. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for diagnostic medical sonographers on Indeed, Career Builder, and Monster.com.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) recognizes Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program as an approved educational program for ARRT’s sonography certification and registration. Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to sit for ARRT’s sonography exam after demonstration of 34 or 42 competencies. You can find MCC’s listing on the ARRT website here.
ARRT certification is also a recognized prerequisite for ARDMS examination (see prerequisite 5 here).
Graduates may qualify for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography if they complete additional externship hours and meet certain educational or experiential requirements.
The Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography follows the recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Cardiac-Interventional and Vascular-Interventional Curriculum Guide and the joint committee of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences (AEIRS).
The curriculum addresses topics listed in the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) outline for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation examination and follows the rules and regulations of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Coursework includes classes such as:
- Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation I and II
- Scanning Principles and Protocols I, II and III
- Abdomen/Superficial Structures I, II and III
- Vascular Ultrasound
- OB/GYN I and II
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- Gainful Employment
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Virtual Labor Market Information System
- The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
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