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Medical Sonography Program Information

Announcing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Beginning Summer 2018

Program Resources

About the Sonography Profession

Ultrasound, commonly called Sonography or Medical Sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan.

Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, obstetrics & gynecology, prostate, heart, and blood vessels.

More and more, sonography is being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease and vascular disease that can lead to a stroke. It is also used to guide fine-needle tissue biopsies. Unlike X-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

What is required of a Sonographer?

The profession requires judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to provide appropriate health-care services. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by technological education to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy.

A sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Sonographers assist physicians in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions.

The diagnostic medical sonographer is able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical, pathological, and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record and process sonographic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the performance of sonographic services.
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health.

How to Begin

  1. Review our website in detail, read the Sonography Brochure, and review the Program FAQ.  Many questions you may have can be answered from our online information. 
  2. Have your unofficial transcripts reviewed by our program coordinator Terri Mosley, as early as possible to be sure that all of the courses transfer to LLU, in order to meet the requirements
  3. Complete your prerequisites by June of the year you want to apply
  4. Refer to the admissions requirements for detailed steps on how to apply to our program

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 27-month program. Eighty percent is face-to-face coursework, with about 20% online. The program is comprised of both classroom and clinical education. Students will spend 32-35 hours per week in a clinical setting, Monday through Friday, with classes held once a week for 2-5 hours. Class and clinical education is from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or on a swing shift in the later afternoon to early evening. The program includes rotations to multiple affiliate hospitals for additional clinical training. The program begins each Summer quarter in June, with 12-14 students.

When to Apply

The application window for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is June 1 to December 31.
Priority Deadline: October 15
Final Deadline: December 15

Program Accreditation

The Loma Linda University Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has been fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in general sonography and vascular and echocardiography since October 7,1985. Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

To contact the JRCDMS:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

In addition, our vascular lab here at Loma Linda University Medical Center was awarded the Accreditation of Vascular Labs (ICAVL) in 1993 and our cardiac labs are also accredited by ICAEL.

Program Outcomes

Academic Calendar

The program, in general, follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly academic terms. The program begins each June.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar since the actual dates change yearly.

Costs and Fees

Refer to SAHP Tuition Rates

The estimated cost of the program is updated yearly based on the University's tuition and fees, which are subject to change (usually summer quarter). Tuition rates above do not reflect books, uniforms and supplies, living and transportation costs. Additional fees apply.  A University quarterly fee is charged, as well as a quarterly copying fee of $40 for sonography students.

Program Expectations

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is rigorous.  Students should expect to give full-time attention to this demanding program.  Students in the past have needed to adjust their personal schedules to make this program a priority.  Students should also plan to drive to their clinical affiliates, which are assigned to each student after the program begins.  Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and dependable as well as behave and communicate with high professional standards. Attendance in all classes and clinical rotations is expected.  Students are also expected to be able to perform the essential job functions throughout the program and on into the profession.

What Makes Us Unique

Why choose LLU?

  • No waiting list. Every applicant is reviewed each year on an individual basis.
  • Comprehensive and compassionate instruction in the classroom and clinical setting.
  • Students gain valuable diversity in their experiences through multiple clinical rotations.
  • Students receive more hands on clinical experience than other comparable programs.
  • Graduates are competent in a broader range of exams than comparable programs.
  • Diligent students often obtain the ARDMS credentials prior to program completion.
  • Alumni are employed at the majority of our clinical sites, providing care and guidance.
  • Graduates are more prepared and requested for employment in all levels of health care.

Our Mission

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions, provides a quality educational experience focused on the whole person. The program prepares students to take the national board exam, become entry-level sonographers, and be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for providing excellent patient care and working on a health care team.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be known by our students, alumni, clinical instructors, faculty, professional community, and staff as the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of choice. Additionally, we want the program experience to be known as "a close family" that is exciting, challenging, and transforming.

Our Values

We will accomplish our mission and vision by setting and achieving high standards of excellence in professional behavior, academic and clinical education, customer service, and collaborative success, while living by the Loma Linda University values of excellence, integrity, compassion, self-control, humility, freedom, and justice

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

While in the Program, students will demonstrate clinical competence by performing ultrasound exams of diagnostic quality, and applying patient care and appropriate practices for all procedures. Students will communicate effectively by being able to clearly explain ultrasound procedures to patients and often family members, effectively communicate and work with the healthcare team, and demonstrate appropriate communication to diverse populations. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that they can appropriately adjust procedures, and critique images to determine diagnostic acceptability. Students will demonstrate the values and professional development, model professional behavior, and examine the core values and reflect on personal application. Students will also apply knowledge in interdisciplinary situations.

Essential Job Functions

The essential job functions of a sonographer require certain physical, mental, & emotional attributes.  Physical demands include lifting; carrying; bending; manipulation of equipment; patient assistance; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read; and the ability to communicate effectively.  Mental, emotional, and affective demands include: critical decision making, interaction with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintaining patient confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to repeat previously learned information, and interacting appropriately.  Students must maintain essential job functions throughout the program.  A complete list of essential job functions will be made available during the interview process.

Eligibility for ARDMS Credential

Eligibility for the ARDMS credentialing exam may be affected if the applicant has a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. Prior to applying to this program the applicant should contact the ARDMS at 800-862-7367 to determine if eligibility will be granted.

Application Requirements

Admission to this program is dependent on the student fulfilling certain educational requirements, completing career observation experience, and submitting transcripts and letters of recommendation:

  • Possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or health care field
  • Complete JRCDMS Prerequisite Course Requirements (must be completed within the past 5 years). Refer to the Prerequisites document.

• Anatomy and Physiology, two-part sequence with labs (AHCJ 250 and AHCJ 251 available at LLU as an evening class).

• Medical Terminology (AHCJ 311 - Medical Terminology, 2 units, available at LLU, or this prerequisite can be taken as an online class at another accredited junior college)

• Introduction or General Physics (no lab)

• College Algebra or higher (ie: calculus)

  • Complete Domain Course Requirements – For the bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, applicants must take additional courses to meet the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, communication, health and wellness, and electives to meet a minimum total of 96 quarter units.
  • Have your unofficial transcripts reviewed by our program coordinator (Terri Mosley, tmosley@llu.edu) as early as possible to be sure that all of the courses transfer to LLU, in order to meet the requirements
  • Have all official transcripts sent to Loma Linda University
  • Request three letters of recommendation (employers, teachers)
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5, with a GPA of 3.0 or better preferred
  • Complete 8 hours of observation in Sonography at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Sonography Observation Form
  • Application Essay - Each applicant is required to submit an online application, and within the application are ethics-based questions, and a 300-500 word essay. The essay is to include the following: why you chose sonography as a profession, why you have chosen to attend  Loma Linda University, what you have done for service activity in your life, what your goals are in the next five years, and why you see yourself as a sonographer.  Essays will be judged based on the inclusion of all of this content.
  • Personal Interview

GE Courses Offered at LLU

General Education

Other Requirements

Applicants are required to complete a background check and possess a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association. To remain in the program students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, pass three program milestones, pass a mock board exam, and adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct. Students at some clinical sites may need a drug test.

Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Loma Linda University: Educating Radiology Professionals

Loma Linda University offers a number of programs in the medical imaging field. Besides Medical Radiography, we offer programs in Computed Tomography, Imaging Informatics (online), Cardiac Electrophysiology, Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, Radiation Therapy, and Dosimetry.  We also offer an online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Radiation Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and an online Radiologist Assistant Master’s degree program.

Contact Us

Marie DeLange, Program Director
studyradsci@llu.edu
(909) 558-4931 Department Office
(909) 558-7965 Fax