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General Overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a medical imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to create dynamic and diagnostic images of organs, tissues, and blood flow within the body. Sonographers play an integral role in patient care and the diagnostic process. They are trained to recognize normal and abnormal anatomy and critically think through the diagnostic process based on these findings.

Student performing a sonography procedure.

Ultrasound is used in a variety of clinical settings which include obstetrics, gynecology, abdominal, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, interventional, and surgical and emergency medicine. The program includes an emphasis on abdominal and OB/GYN with an introduction to vascular anatomy and evaluation.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to become registered sonographers through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialties of abdomen and OB/GYN.

Mission

The radiologic science program prepares students to practice competently, safely, and effectively as medical imaging professionals in diverse health care environments with awareness of global health issues. The academic and clinical foundation in the curriculum develops graduates with professional flexibility and adaptability to assume prominent roles and responsibilities after graduation in both career and scholarly pursuits.

Goals

  1. Develop competent, safe, and effective medical imaging professionals.
  2. Support development of skills necessary to practice in diverse health care environments and to acquire prominent roles in radiologic science.
  3. Program curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy promote development of integrative, critical thinking, and communication skills to include written, oral, and electronic discourse.
  4. Graduate successfully pursue scholarly activities such as contributions to the profession and post-baccalaureate education.
  5. Encourage global awareness of cultural and health care perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students progress through the curriculum and meet course learning objectives that culminate in the accomplishment of the program outcomes below:

  1. Obtain a level of competence as an entry level sonographer in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Possess critical thinking skills to adapt to changing clinical environments and patient needs, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
  3. Exhibit professionalism through consistent, responsible, and ethical behavior.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of understanding of acoustic physics, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation to create diagnostic ultrasound images.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Accreditation Statement

The Joint Review Commission of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC DMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAHHEP) do not grant accreditation at the onset of a program. The program will be applying for accreditation through the JRC DMS and the CAHHEP sometime within the first two years of the program. At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national registry through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

For further information please contact:

Amy Dela Cruz, M.S., RDMS, RVT, Medical Sonography Director
Division of Radiologic Science
3051 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7130
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7130

(919) 445-4741
Amy Dela Cruz