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

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Personal requirements

Physical characteristics

  • Physical abilities
    • Lift more than 50 lbs routinely
    • Push and pull over 100 lbs
    • Bend and stoop routinely
    • Kneel or squat routinely
    • Have full use of both hands and wrists
    • Able to assist the patient on and off the examining tables.
  • Visual acuity to assess image quality and to observe physical changes in the patient's condition, during routine sonographic procedures.
    • Ability to discern color distinctions on the sonographic image
  • Speech and hearing to give instructions to and receive communication from patients as well as distinguish audible Doppler signals while performing the sonographic examination.
  • Manual dexterity to adjust machine controls, attach and adjust supportive devices and assist patients into position for the sonographic procedure.

Mental and emotional characteristics

  • Must be able to work under stress and maintain self-control.
  • Must have both patience and tact in dealing with others.
  • Must be able to organize and plan work in a logical sequence.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Must be able to adapt to new situations.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Neat in appearance
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Positive attitude
  • Accountability (including attendance)
  • Desire to help others
  • Empathy for patients
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Service oriented

Pre-placement screening

Applicants selected for admission are required to undergo pre-placement drug screening and physical assessment as well as a criminal background check. The cost of said tests are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution.