Curriculum: Sonography Courses
A curriculum designed with the whole you in mind
Foremost in the mind of most students considering a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is advanced technical skills. Adventist University of Health Sciences’ experienced faculty practitioners have mastered the latest in techniques, technology, patient care, and equipment and are excited to share this knowledge with their students. After completing your degree you can be on the forefront in your field. Moving into a management position, gaining more insight into an area of specialization, learning about emerging technology trends and becoming a better overall sonographer are no longer a dream but a reality with an online BSDMS at Adventist University of Health Sciences.
In addition to medical and technical skills, Adventist University of Health Sciences also wants you to develop into a well-rounded individual, armed with such skills as leadership, effective communication, healthcare financial management, and an understanding of the world’s religions. It is clear that the BSDMS curriculum carries out Adventist University of Health Sciences’ vision: that each student will experience nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship while learning the skills to provide the best possible patient care.
Course Requirements (67 Credits)
General Education Requirements (33 credits)
Study of human anatomy, primarily emphasizing axial planes, but also including sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Designed to aid imaging modality students in recognizing, locating, and identifying normal anatomy on various computer images.
Techniques of written communication within a professional setting. Includes writing reports, proposals, case notes, and charts. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).
A study of the major world religions, including their history and development. This course will also familiarize the student with the major tenets and practices of these religions. Teachings and practices that impact the practice of health care are emphasized.
Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.
Focuses on writing as a means for authentic expression and exploration. Emphasis is on the writing process, especially revision. Students write several expository essays organized according to prescribed modes and learn specific writing skills and principles which readily apply to most writing tasks. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).
Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 101 or DENG 101 while focusing on rhetorical and reasoning skills necessary for various persuasive and research writing activities. Students write several persuasive papers and a major research paper. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).
Sonography Requirements (34 credits)
Explores the principles of a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques with a focus on how imaging techniques correlate with sonographic examinations. Topics include diagnostic radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, cardiovascular interventional procedures, mammography, and nuclear medicine.
This course will provide a study of the principles used in instructional design. Educational theory will be presented, including learning theory, evaluation theory, and system theory. Course development, syllabus building, test construction, learning assessment, and evaluation will be explored.
The student will present a proposal for in-depth research of a defined, specialized area within the ultrasound profession. Topics may include, but are not limited to, contrast imaging, 3-D ultrasound, 4-D ultrasound, harmonic imaging, intraoperative ultrasound, transducer technology, the impact of hand-held ultrasound machines or other evolving sonographic diagnostic techniques or topics.
The student will present a proposal for in-depth investigation of one of the advanced sonographic specialties which includes fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, breast ultrasound, neurosonography, or other approved evolving sonographic specialty areas. The student will learn to identify normal anatomy, describe standard protocol, and demonstrate knowledge of disease and pathology associated with this specialty area.
The course teaches the use of Picture Archiving and Communicating Systems (PACS), Computed Radiography, Direct Digital Radiography, Networking, and DICOM.
A capstone course that integrates business strategies for current and future operations within the field of Imaging Sciences. Applying concepts previously learned, students will create and deliver a strategic plan that encompasses the field of Imaging. This course is the final course of the program sequence and can only be taken in the student's final trimester.
Explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.
Emphasis is placed on the medical imaging environment. Examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.
The study of the research process as applied to allied health and imaging technology topics. The student will evaluate published research findings for use in sonography and imaging practice. This course requires a written critique of a published imaging technology or allied health research report and presentation of a published imaging technology or allied health research report to peers.
Cognate Courses for Bridge Students
This is the first of a two-trimester course. Study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. Includes a study of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, along with their cytology, histology, and chemistry. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.
This is the second of a two-trimester course. Further study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. Covers endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.
A study of the concept of function, as well as other advanced algebra concepts. Following a brief review of algebra topics covered in previous courses, the topics covered in this course will include: an extension of intermediate or high school algebra topics, number systems including complex numbers, equations, and inequalities involving linear and quadratic models, polynomials, absolute values, radicals and rational expressions, matrices and determinants, solutions of systems of equations and inequalities, sequences, series, limits and logarithms. Emphasis is placed on pertinent applications of these topics as well as the use of appropriate support technologies, such as graphing calculators.