Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Curriculum

Overview

The curriculum consists of both academic and clinical components and is based on nineteen(19) months of full-time study. The program is divided into five semesters. Semester one, two and four are sixteen weeks in length. Semester three and five are twelve weeks in length.

Our curriculum is based on the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer established by the following organizations:

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American Society of Radiologic Technology
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Society of Vascular Technology

The faculty presents the curriculum through formal lecture, laboratory and clinical applications to enhance the learning experience. Written and practical tests are administered at defined intervals. A syllabus that outlines course goals, requirements and lecture schedule is distributed at the beginning of each course. The preparation of Case Study projects is a regularly scheduled program requirement.

Course descriptions

The core curriculum defines several major modules of ultrasound education. All lectures are correlated with scan lab demonstration and practice for each organ system. Each module of instruction includes the following components:

  • Terminology
  • Gross and Sectional Anatomy
  • Physiology and pathophysiology
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Sonographic Pathology
  • Sonographic Technique

General/Vascular track

Course Outline and Descriptions

Cardiac/Vascular track

Course Outline and Descriptions

Clinical education

The clinical component of our program allows students to rotate through all aspects of sonography specific to their chosen learning track. Students progress in competence and ability on an individual basis and within the guidelines set forth by program faculty. A predetermined number of competencies specific to each learning concentration must be achieved during the duration of the program.

Students are routinely evaluated on professional growth, personal interactions, and technical ability.

Clinical experience rotations include abdominal imaging, OB/GYN, transthoracic cardiac imaging and vascular technology.

In addition, specialty rotations have been designed in order to broaden the scope of the student's clinical experiences.

Grading policy

The student must maintain a minimum letter grade of C in all academic and clinical courses in order to earn course credits and remain in good standing. The student's academic and clinical progress is evaluated at the conclusion of each semester.

All academic and clinical grades are determined as a numeric value and transferred to a letter grade.

The numeric, letter, and descriptive relationships are as follows:

Numeric Grade Letter Grade Grade Point Performance
100 - 95 A 4.0 Significant Strength
94 - 90 B 3.0 Proficient
89 -85 C 2.0 Competent
Below 85 U < 2.0 Needs Development

The level and pace of the coursework for Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation merits identification as advanced coursework and as such the following grading scale is used:

Numeric Grade Letter Grade Grade Point Performance
100 - 90 A 4.0 Significant Strength
89 - 80 B 3.0 Proficient
79 -70 C 2.0 Competent
Below 70 U < 2.0 Needs Development

Probationary Period

Semester 1

  • Student status during Semester 1 is considered probationary
  • Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on all required coursework, as evidenced by a minimum letter grade of C or better
  • Failure to meet the program standard in any course will result in termination from the program

Graduation

The following criteria must be met to graduate:

  1. The student must earn 65 credits to successfully graduate from the program
  2. The student must successfully complete all identified clinical competencies
  3. The student must achieve all required exit outcomes/competencies
  4. The student must fulfill any monetary agreements made with the department and/or the medical center. This includes full payment of tuition and fees.
  5. The student must return all departmental and/or medical center property prior to leaving on the final day of scheduled attendance.

Upon successful fulfillment of these criteria, the student receives a certificate of graduation and a pin, indicating the status of Graduate of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates of the program meet the requirements of prerequisite 2 of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.