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Application Window: June 1 to December 31
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.
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.
About the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at LLU
The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Loma Linda University 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 a possible 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.
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 (could be as far as 60 minutes away), 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.
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 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.
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 health care 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.
How to Begin
Many questions you may have can be answered from our online information.
Step 1: READ ABOUT THE PROGRAM. Review our website, brochures, and FAQs in detail to determine if you will pursue a Bachelor's in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Step 2: SEND UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to Marie Delange (email@example.com) for review. This is required so you can receive confirmation that you can complete the prereqs prior to June of the year you want to begin.
Step 3: SCHEDULE CAREER OBSERVATION AT LLUMC. Once you have received confirmation to proceed, you can schedule career observation with Marie Delange (firstname.lastname@example.org). Carefullly read and print the Sonography Observation Form and Process to bring with you to your observation appointment. After your observation, you will meet with Marie Delange to discuss your experience.
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
- Attend the Loma Linda University Open House
- Program Brochure (PDF) Bachelor of Science
- Program FAQ
- Sonography Observation Form and Process (PDF)
- Sonography Prerequisite (PDF)
- Program Curriculum for Medical Sonography*
- Admissions Checklist (PDF)
- Application Window: June 1 to December 31
- Priority Deadline: October 15
- Final Deadline: December 31
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants need a minimum 2.5 GPA to enter the program; however, a 3.0 GPA and above is preferred. 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 a mock board exam, and adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct. Students at some clinical sites may need a drug test.
Marie DeLange, B.S., RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS, FAIUM
Program Director, Echocardiography
Program Director, B.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Department of Radiation Technology
(909) 558-4931 Department Office
(909) 558-7965 Fax
*Please note: Information in the University catalog may differ from our online info. Our web info was updated after the catalog was published. In the catalog- Track 1 is in reference to the General Medical Sonography option and Track 2 is in reference to the Cardiac Sonography option.