Sonography Curriculum

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The online bachelor’s in sonography, is a completion program designed for credentialed sonographers and includes a total of 67 trimester credit hours: 34 credits of sonography online courses and 33 credits of general education courses. The degree is designed by expert sonography faculty, led by influential sonography advocate Charlotte Henningsen. It can be completed in as few as 6 trimesters.

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

BIOL 144C Sectional Anatomy (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 102.

Online course available only for students enrolled in online degrees. 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.

STAT 205 Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school algebra with a minimum grade of B (3.0) or a college-level math course with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

An introduction to statistics and its applications, this course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis will include descriptive statistics, analysis of graphs, sampling methods, binomial, z, t, and chi-square, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

ENGL 250 Technical Writing (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102. Online course available only for students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).

Techniques of written communication within a professional setting. Includes writing reports, proposals, case notes, and charts.

RELT 368 World Religions for the Healthcare Professions (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102.

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 healthcare are emphasized.

HTSC 343 Legal Aspects of Healthcare (3 credits)

An introduction to general law and its interpretation, including various aspects of personnel law, contract law, and those laws regulating the relationship of for-profit and not-for- profit organizations with governmental and non-governmental agencies.

HTCA 354 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

An exploration of the nature of individual and group behavior as it relates to the workplace. Attention will be given to motivation, performance, and morale, as well as the supervision and leadership of employees.

RELB 379 Lessons on Living: Biblical Perspectives (3 credits)

Prerequisite Note: ENGL 102 may replace ENGL 102.

Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.

MKTG 385 Marketing and Healthcare (3 credits)

A study of the nature and function of marketing within the healthcare setting. Topics include strategic planning, competitive analysis, conservative behavior, marketing communication, and public relations.

FNCE 388 Components of Healthcare Financial Management (3 credits)

Explores the concepts of managerial accounting, including an understanding of the accounting cycle and the presentation and interpretation of financial statements.

ENGL 101 English Composition I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: A minimum English ACT score of 19, or a passing score on the English Composition Placement Test, or ENGL 091 with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).

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.

ENGL 102 English Composition II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 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.

Sonography Requirements (34 credits)

IMAG 345 Diagnostic Imaging (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144; ENGL 102.

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.

IMAG 351 Introduction to Educational Methodology (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 101; ENGL 102.

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.

IMAG 400 Management Principles for Imaging Professionals (3 credits)

The course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

SONO 441 Advanced Topics in Sonography (3 credits)

Prerequisites: IMAG 345; ENGL 101; ENGL 102; ENGL 315.

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.

SONO 447 Advanced Sonographic Specialties (3 credits)

Prerequisites: IMAG 345; ENGL 101; ENGL 102.

This is a service learning course. 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.

IMAG 485 Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144.

The course teaches the use of picture archiving and communicating systems (PACS), computed radiography, direct digital radiography, networking, and DICOM.

IMAG 494 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena I (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144.

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.

IMAG 495 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena II (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144.

Emphasis is placed on the medical imaging environment. Examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.

IMAG 497 Research Methods in Allied Health (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144; ENGL 102.

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.

IMAG 328 Pathophysiology (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 144C, ENGL 102.

This course explores the principles of human physiology and pathologic processes that alter the human body’s lines of defense and resistance to disease. It will provide the student with understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student should develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations of pathophysiologic changes as they apply to the imaging professional. The course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock hours).

Cognate Courses for Bridge Students

PSYC 124 General Psychology (3 credits)

Survey of psychology, including human development, sensation and perception, learning and thinking, emotions, motivation, personality, and stress, as well as psychological disorders and their treatment.

BIOL 101C Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4 credits)

Prerequisite: High school or college chemistry taken prior to enrolling in this course, or a minimum ACT standard composite score of 19, or permission from the department chair.

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.

BIOL 102C Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and BIOL 101L or BIOL 101.

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.

MATH 105 College Algebra (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0), and one of the following: a minimum score of 19 on the math portion of the ACT, or successful completion of MATH 101 with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0), or a passing grade on the Mathematics Placement Test.

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.

PHYS 121 Survey of Physics (4 credits)

Series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at understanding the physical principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and modern physics. This course satisfies the requirement for various imaging programs but does not satisfy the requirements for science majors. Lab required. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.

MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)

Prerequisites: MATH 091 or one year of high school algebra with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0), a Math ACT score above 16, or successful completion of the Math COMPASS Placement test. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).

Topics include: review of basic algebra; linear, rational, quadratic, and exponential functions; graphs and functions; factoring, exponents and polynomials; rational expressions and equations; quadratic equations and inequalities.