The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography classes at Pittsburgh Career Institute will learn to perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations required of an entry-level general sonographer to include the abdomen, pelvis, pregnant female pelvis, and superficial structures. Students are also introduced to vascular ultrasound.
The student will have the opportunity to study the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of scanned organ systems, recognize the sonographic patterns of the organs, learn the protocols for a logical and thorough survey of the organs, and provide accurate and technical impressions to the interpreting physician. The core curriculum is structured to include an on-campus lecture component, an on-campus imaging laboratory component, and an off-campus integrated clinical component. The clinical portion of the curriculum is structured to include supervised experiences in the clinical environment that require competencies, logs, and evaluations completed by the student. At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their externship, studied, and practiced their skills should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as diagnostic medical sonographers.
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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography AST degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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