Why Choose Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
The Sonography program at Ferris is the only University-based general ultrasound curriculum in the state. Students enter the program in the fall semester and spend the first three semesters on the Big Rapids campus. Studies during this period include general education and technical courses. Ample laboratory periods provide an opportunity to apply the theory and principles learned in the lecture sessions. During the final three semesters students work with patients in an off-campus clinical education center. These sites are located throughout the state in hospitals affiliated with the University to provide clinical experience and continued academic instruction.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce images and data that assist health care professionals diagnose various disease and disease processes. Sonographers are taught to work independently and to operate highly technical ultrasound equipment to acquire sonographic images. Physicians depend on the sonographer’s assistance with interpretation of the images to evaluate many body parts and structures, especially of the abdomen and pelvis.
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the Physical Principles/Instrumentation Examination (The Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation) and Specialty Examinations for the RDMS Credential (Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology) upon completion of all required clinical experience as dictated by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Graduates of the program are eligible to write the ARRT Sonography Credential.
Get a Great Job
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a newly designated occupational category by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics within the imaging sciences field as of 2001. According to the US Department of Labor, almost 53 percent of sonographers are between the ages of 41 and 65, which means that they are at or near retirement. With employment of sonographers expected to grow faster than the average through 2010, plenty of opportunities await the skilled professional.
Sonography, an ever-evolving profession, offers its practitioners many opportunities to enhance and advance careers. Sonographers can specialize in such diverse areas as the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, echocardiography, vascular technology, neurosonology and ophthalmology. They can work in clinics, hospitals, private practice, public health facilities, labs and other medical settings or branch out into education, administration, research or sales.
Admission to the professional sequence (SONO) courses is determined by the following criteria: A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a college GPA of 2.5 or higher, a math ACT score of 24 or higher or a grade of C or higher in MATH 115 or equivalent and a science reasoning ACT score of 21 or higher or a college level biology course with a grade of C or higher.
To assure students of quality technical training in both classroom/lab instruction and the clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet the program’s admission criteria are accepted by priority date of application. It is essential to apply early for admission at the earliest possible date.
The six-semester sequential course of study at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Ferris guarantees you an internship in the last three semesters of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student elects to interrupt progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and students must earn a “C” or better in major and core courses and meet all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
Michelle Weemaes, Program Coordinator
College of Allied Health Sciences
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
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