How Well Do You Know Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Mar 31 2020

If you have what it takes to work with other medical professionals and analyze sonograms each day, this might be the profession for you! A profession in Diagnostic Medical Sonography can be a rewarding career, because you can work with patients on a personal level and give them information about their physical health.

In our program at Pittsburgh Career Institute you can learn about physiology, anatomy, and more! You might even know a little bit about the profession already. Test your knowledge to see how well you know Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

The History of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

“Manufacturers now make ultrasound equipment that is so compact, it can be carried to patients on battlefields or used by astronauts in space,” stated Beth Orenstein in Radiology Today Magazine. Technology wasn’t always this simple though.

The history of sonography goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Around that time the theory about right-angled triangles was discovered. This discovery led to the creation of the sonometer.

Most people believe the ultrasound was invented when a French physicist, Pierre Curie, discovered piezoelectricity in 1877.

Thirty-five years later, sonographic imaging was developed by French professor and physicist Paul Langevin.

Now there are countless sonograms and Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a niche profession that you can pursue. Find out more about our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program!

A Typical Day in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Are you wondering what a typical day looks like in Diagnostic Medical Sonography? In this profession, a few common places you can work at are hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical labs. At these places you generate images and study them through sonographic equipment for most of the day.

You also get to work with clients and analyze their patient history to determine which images would be the most beneficial to the doctors. Other responsibilities include preparing and maintaining the diagnostic equipment, and communicating with the interpreting physician who makes a diagnosis based on the images.

What’s the Difference Between an Ultrasound and a Sonogram?

Ultrasounds are the high-pitched vibrations used to create a medical image. This medical image is called a sonogram. If you want to work with ultrasounds, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Profession is the way to go!

Here at Pittsburgh Career Institute, you can learn to perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations required of an entry-level general sonographer. These examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, pregnant female pelvis, and superficial structures. Students are also introduced to vascular ultrasound.

If you would love to work with high technology and build client relationships, contact us today to apply for our program!

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Our 5 Favorite Pittsburgh Spring Activities

Feb 20 2020

Spring is just around the corner! We’re ready for the weather to warm up and for the trees to start blooming. Once it’s warm, check out one of our five favorite spring activities to jumpstart the new season! Whether you’re looking for some extra-curricular science or want to jumpstart your adrenaline, there’s something for all our students at the Pittsburgh Career Institute.

Cheer on the Pirates or Tour PNC Park

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Let’s go bucs! Opening day is March 26th 2020, and the first home game is April 2nd 2020! Take a break and watch the Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds. PNC Park is a short drive or ride over from the Pittsburgh Career Institute, and if it’s really nice, it’s about a twenty minute walk over! Enjoy a beautiful view of the city, watch the game, and enjoy a Slice.

PNC Park also offers tours! Tours typically include:

  • Legacy Theater
  • The Clubhouse (away days only)
  • Batting Cages, tunnel, and dugout
  • The Press Box
  • Club Level and Suites
  • Whether the Pirates are home or away, PNC Park on a spring day is a must for us!

Carnegie Science Center


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The Carnegie Science Center has something for anyone interested in robotics, aerospace, awter, sports science, physics, medicine, and more! We especially love the newer expansion of the PPG Science Pavilion. The PPG Science Pavilion hosts national and international touring shows, including Mummies of The World, which is the largest collection of touring mummies ever assembled.

Want to check out the science center with no kids? Grab a couple of your classmates and get tickets for one of the monthly Science After Hours nights! Admission is open to adults 21 and older. There’s a different theme for every month that includes experiments and advanced learning! Get some outside learning and have fun bonding with classmates in your program over experiments, escape rooms, trivia games, and more.

Phipps Conservatory


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If you haven’t been to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens yet, now is the time to go! There are dozens of themed rooms, exotic flowers and plants, artwork, and seasonal flower shows. The Phipps Conservatory is a great way to celebrate the start of spring by exploring delicate orchid species, desert plants, and tropical fruits and spices.

Need a quick break from studying? Explore the Phipps Conservatory from the comfort of your laptop with their online tour! Keep an eye on upcoming shows so you can plan a day off learning about all the Phipps Conservatory has to offer.

Pittsburgh Zoo


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We have a feeling our veterinary technology students will love or already love The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! The Pittsburgh Zoo opened its doors in 1898, and is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. See baby animals, celebrate penguin birthdays, and learn more about wildlife conservation!

If you don’t have time to head over during the week, check out their Cheetah Cam! Our Veterinary Technology program can include learning zoo animal medicine, so set up the Cheetah Cam while you study and schedule a day to go to the zoo when you can.



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For a full day of fun, Kennywood is a Pittsburgh must-see! Opening day for the 2020 season is May 2nd. Kennywood is home to some of the oldest roller coasters in the country, including the last remaining Noah’s Ark fun house in the world. Kennywood also has a wide variety of new rides, attractions, and food stands, so there’s fun for everyone no matter their age or tolerance for roller coasters.

Make PCI Part of Your Spring Plans

Get started on your future education with Pittsburgh Career Institute this spring! PCI is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, with convenient access to public transportation and some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants and venues. If you’re interested in starting your education, contact us to find out if Pittsburgh Career Institute might be right for you.

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Why PCI Should Be Part of Your 2020 Plans

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The new decade is here, what will you do in 2020? It might be the right time to finally pursue your education with Pittsburgh Career Institute! Classes start early this year, contact us to schedule a tour and see if we’re the right fit for you.

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Variety of Programs

Here at the Pittsburgh Career Institute, we offer numerous programs. Whether you’re passionate about working with people or animals, there are plenty of programs to explore and see if one might be right for you! Currently, we offer programs in:

Each program has a different start date, so it’s important to take a tour and find out how soon you might be able to start. Programs also vary in length, so take a look at the start dates along with your schedule to plan ahead!

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Our Faculty

“Through assertive, honest and ethical relationship building, Pittsburgh Career Institute develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with employers who support our Health Care Programs. These valued relationships enable our students to develop the skills necessary to graduate and be competitive in their job search.”

-Patty O’Rourke, Director of Career Services

Our faculty is dedicated to the academic success and preparation of our students for their possible future careers. Every faculty member has industry or professional experience, and academic credentials to help guide and prepare students. Students can receive guidance from both faculty and professionals in the fields they’re interested in so they can have a better understanding for their future work and work culture. During a tour, you’ll have a chance to meet some of our faculty and ask questions about the program you’re interested in.

Why Choose Pittsburgh Career Institute

Since we opened our doors in 1980, we have been continuously motivated to prepare our students for their future careers and serve our community. We believe in giving our students hands-on experience, and so our campus has industry-standard labs. This helps to facilitate a learning experience with real world experience, so our students transition from school to their future careers can go smoothly.

We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh and are close to public transportation and some of downtown’s best venues and restaurants. You can explore our diverse city while pursuing an education.

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Apply Today

”At Pittsburgh Career Institute, our mission is to successfully prepare motivated students for entry-level positions in the health industry with knowledge and skills, the confidence to apply them dynamically, and the judgment to do so wisely. We strive to do so in an environment that is diverse, supportive, tolerant, goal-oriented and positive.”

Pittsburgh Career Institute Mission Statement

The best place to start is with our admissions requirements to see if you might qualify. Admissions requirements include:

  • Personal interview with an admissions representative
  • High School diploma, certificate or other acceptable proof of graduation from an institution providing secondary education, or the equivalent of such graduation. A valid institution is one that is recognized as a provider of education by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Successful background check
  • Completion of admissions and enrollment documents
  • Application fee
  • Entrance exam
  • Program specific requirements

If you’re considering a future in the healthcare field, request more information and schedule a tour! Prepare for your tour by making a list of programs you’re interested in, questions you’d like to ask, and see what some of our graduates have gone on to do since graduating!

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Medical Assistant

Oct 25 2019

So, you’re thinking about starting your future path toward being a Medical Assistant? It can be intimidating if you’re not quite sure where to start or don’t fully know what a Medical Assistant does. You don’t need to worry because we have the ultimate guide that covers everything you need to know about a future in Medical Assisting!

Medical Assistant Career Guide – Traits, Training, Jobs

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Are you wondering if becoming a Medical Assistant would be the best choice for your future? This may be a good career option if you:

  • Love to help others
  • Are interested in the medical field
  • Are an organized person
  • Work well under pressure
  • Can be adaptable to different situations

If this sounds like you, then this guide could answer your beginning questions, from career options and more.

How Well Do You Know Your Medical Instruments?

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Let’s see if your knowledge from binge-watching “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scrubs”, or “House M.D.” has paid off! We’re going to test you on your common medical tools knowledge and see how much you know about the instruments you can expect to use nearly every day if you pursue an education in Medical Assisting! Good luck and let us know how you do on Facebook!

Becoming a Medical Assistant

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Do you already know that this is the path for your education? Maybe you’re wondering what’s next! Here’s a more in-depth guide to what you can expect from a Medical Assistant program and the potential job market. If you’re ready to dive into learning about lab procedures, patient prep, medical communications, medical records, medical law, and more then see what your education could look like!

What Could You Do With a Medical Assistant Diploma?

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Don’t let the unknown after graduation scare you! There are plenty of employment options for Medical Assistants across the broad field of healthcare. We’d like to show you where you could work and how you could shape your future! Discover why Medical Assisting opportunities are growing in demand and becoming more popular.

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We’ve given you a sampling of what you could expect from a career as a Medical Assistant. If you see yourself as a Medical Assistant in the future, it can be broken down into our concise how-to guide. Check out these four steps and how you could make goals for your future with people who support you every step of the way!

Meet the Staff: Sherri Steele, Medical Assistant Diploma Program Director

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If you’re interested in meeting more people in the field of Medical Assisting, then we’d love for you to meet our Medical Assistant Program Director, Sherri Steele! See how she’s helped students succeed and why she loves teaching at Pittsburgh Career Institute. She’s played a huge part in helping PCI feel like a family where we lift each other up and help them succeed.

Now That You Know the Basics, What’s Stopping You?

We’re excited to help students reach the career goals they set for themselves. If one of your goals is a successful career in Medical Assisting, then check out our Medical Assistant diploma program. Contact PCI to speak with an Admissions Representative about school and how you could take the first step toward your new career. We’re excited to meet you!