Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Campus
Brief Description of Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, masses, fluid collections, and vascular structures within the human body. Sonography is user dependent, requiring competent and highly skilled professionals to be a part of the integral health care system. Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact, providing care to a variety of people from healthy to critically ill. The sonographer is responsible for obtaining pertinent patient history, performing the sonographic examination, providing for the needs and comfort of the patient during examination, and recording anatomy and pathology or other data for interpretation by the supervising physician to aid in diagnosis. Sonography is commonly used in the field of obstetrics and gynecology for purposes ranging from confirming and/or dating pregnancies to diagnosing disease processes of the female reproductive system. Sonographers must have knowledge of normal structure and functional anatomy of the human body and use independent judgment in recognizing the need to perform procedures according to sonographic findings.
Certifications and degrees: Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology program will have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (60 hours).
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What a student can expect from a career in this field: A diagnostic medical sonographer, also known as a sonographer, uses imaging equipment and soundwaves to form images of many parts of the body, known as ultrasounds. Sonographers are trained to acquire and analyze these sonographic images. These images are used to help doctors diagnose and treat many medical conditions.
Since ultrasound is a non-invasive way to visualize internal organs, it is often the first imaging test performed when disease is detected. Diagnostic medical sonographers, therefore, have an important role in conducting and interpreting initial imaging tests that may help narrow down a patient’s diagnosis and quickly get them the care they need.
Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: There is expected to be a 7.38% increase in occupational demand at the regional level and 22.82% increase at the state level. Median annual income for this occupation is $56,534.40 at the state level.
Mission of Program: The mission of our program is to prepare students to be successful Diagnostic Medical Sonography professionals within our community.
Goals of Program: The goal of the Medical Diagnostic Sonography program is to train students to be skilled sonogrophers and to employ graduates in a degree-related field.