Program of Study

Medical Sonography, AAS

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Prerequisite Courses: The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to admission to the Medical Sonography Program.
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4 2 0 5
COM 140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3 0 0 3
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I 3 2 0 4
PHY 125 Health Sciences Physics 2 4
    Totals 12 6 15
Fall Semester 1
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
SON 110  Introduction to Sonography
SON 130  Abdominal Sonography I
SON 222  Selected SON Clinical Education
    Totals 6 6 9 11
Spring Semester 1
SON 111  Sonographic Physics
SON 120  SON Clinical Education I 15 
SON 131  Abdominal Sonography II
SON 140  Gynecological Sonography
    Totals 6 6 15  13
Summer Semester 1
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
PSY 150  General Psychology 3
SON 121  SON Clinical Education II 15 
    Totals 6 15  11 
Fall Semester 2
SON 220  SON Clinical Education III 24 
SON 225  Case Studies
SON 241  Obstetrical Sonography I
SON 250  Vascular Sonography
    Totals 3 6 24  13
Spring Semester 2
SON 221  SON Clinical Education IV 24 
SON 242  Obstetrical Sonography II
SON 289  Sonographic Topics
    Totals 4 0 24  12

Mission Statement
     The mission of Southwestern Community College’s Sonography program is to meet the needs of the students by offering innovative instruction through comprehensive educational practices that promote student achievement and academic excellence, which will enable the student to graduate with the necessary skills to succeed as a sonographer and/or to continue with other educational goals.
 
Goals

  1. "To prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."
  2. To prepare students to meet the requirements of and pass the national examination offered by  the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  3. ​To foster independent thinking and life-long learning.

ADMISSION CRITERIA
It is important that all potential applicants for the Sonography Program understand the selective admissions process.  Please review carefully the information regarding minimum requirements and other pertinent information.  The Sonography program has a limited enrollment of 10 candidates that are admitted into the program in the fall of each year.  Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by March 15 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by March 15

The applicant must:
  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Medical Sonography AAS Degree (A45440) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program. 
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  Exception: current high school students
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following:
    1. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
    2. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
    3. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
    4. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
  6. Take the TEAS - Allied Health Exam. The TEAS - Allied Health Exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year. This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. For more information, visit the Testing Center TEAS V site. 
  7. Complete 10 hours of observation/lab time in the Southwestern Community College scanning Lab. The applicant will be asked to be a volunteer to be scanned during the lab time by a current sonography student.  The instructors will be available during the lab session, and the applicants are encouraged to ask question about the program at this time.  A sign-up sheet with the lab dates and times will be available outside the Program Coordinator’s office.  The observation hours will start in November and be available through March. If you are currently unable to attend our SCC lab, you may complete the observation hours at 9 local hospitals or outpatient centers. A signed observation form needs to be completed from that facility. Observation forms are available upon request at d_eavenson[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.
  8. Applicants must be able to meet all Technical Standards required of the program.  Those Standards are as follows:
  • Lift up to 50 pounds routinely
  • Able to reach, bend, and stoop often
  • Able to push and pull routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Able to distinguish colors correctly
  • Work standing on the feet 80 percent of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and injured
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence

PHASE II

Submit an online application by March 15. The application can be found at www.southwesterncc.edu.
The following information must be submitted via the online application and will be used to calculate each students’ total points using the formulas given below.

Section A: General Education Course Credit
Points X Letter Grade [A =4, B = 3, C=2] = Final Points
 
  
Courses Taken Points Date Completed Letter Grade Total Points
Completion of ACA 111, ENG 111, ENG 114,
PSY 150 & COM 140
5 N/A N/A  
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 163 or BIO 168 and 169
BIO 163 6      
BIO 168 3      
BIO 169 3      
Physics
PHY 110 and PHY 110A
or PHY 125
PHY 110 3      
PHY 110A 3      
PHY 125 5      
MAT 152 or higher 3      
Medical Terminology MED 121
(not required)
0.5      
MED 122
(not required)
0.5      
Section A Total (Maximum of 65)  

After the interview process is completed and points have been totaled, the 10 applicants with the highest numerical scores will be accepted into the program. High school students selected for the program will be given provisional acceptance contingent upon graduation from high school. 

Interviewed applicants who have not been assigned a space in the program will be placed on a waiting list. Should space become available, the next applicant on the list will be contacted for admission to the program. 

Section B: GPA
Most current GPA of institute with 12 credits or more Criteria Points Earned
(Maximum of 10)
  4.0 = 10 points
3.50 - 3.99 = 5 points
3.00 - 3.49 = 2 points
0 - 2.99 = 0 points
 

Section C: TEAS ATI Exam
Criteria Your TEAS Score Points Earned
(Maximum of 75)
80-100 = 75 points 65-69 = 30 points    
75-79 = 60 points 60-64 = 15 points    
70-74 = 45 points 0-59 = 0 points    

Section D: Previous education, volunteer and work experience (not required)
Previous Education
Education/Licensure College/University Date Earned Point Value Points Earned
CNA Licensure/HOSA course     5  
Unrelated BS/AAS Degree     5  
Allied Health Degree     15  
Imaging Degree     20  
 
Volunteer Experience
These hours are arranged independently by the student at a healthcare facility
and are completed in addition to the required 10 hours of observation.
Type of Volunteer Experience Point Value Points Earned
8 hours in hospital ultrasound lab observing patient scans 10  
24 hours volunteering in a hospital setting 5  
 
Work Experience
Type of Work Experience Point Value Points Earned
Work experience in healthcare -DIRECT patient care 5  
Work experience in healthcare - INDIRECT patient care 3  

Section E: Career Exploration Video
Please submit a video detailing why you want to become a Medical Sonographer. What part of our curriculum interests you most? What registries do you anticipate taking upon completion of the program? Where do you see yourself working in 5 years? Please take the time to adequately research the field of sonography before submitting this video. There is no time minimum, but please do not submit any videos longer than 10 minutes. If you are unable to make a video recording, please contact the Medical Sonography Faculty. (30 points maximum)
 
TOTAL POINTS from Sections A, B, C, D, and E (maximum of 248)                  
 

PHASE III

Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office, they will be fully accepted into the program.

Accepted applicants will receive health forms in their provisional acceptance packet. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. These forms must be completed and returned to the Program Coordinator by August 1. Failure to complete the health packet may result in relinquishment of full acceptance status.

CLINICAL EDUCATION
Clinical education will be provided at cooperating health care facilities and other related settings within the area served by the College. Transportation and associated expenses are the sole responsibility of the student.

Notes:

  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-Medical Sonography, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year.  The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  5. A student who presents problems of physical or emotion health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable time period may be required to withdraw from the program. Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.
2016-2017 Medical Sonography Handbook


 

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45440

Total Credits (Min): 

76

Credential: 

AAS

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes

Online Percentage: 

25%

Advisor(s)

Debra Eavenson
Medical Sonography Program Coordinator/Instructor
d_eavenson@southwesterncc.edu
828.339.4323
800.447.4091, ext. 4323
Jasmine Free
Sonography Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
828.339.4605
800.447.4091, ext. 4605