Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate of Applied Science Degree


Volunteers Needed
LCCC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is looking for Pregnant Volunteers for fetal scanning practice. For information contact Lisa Stawicki at lstawicki@lorainccc.edu or 440-366-7190.

Program Announcements

The application deadline is September 5 of each year, however this year the deadline has been extended to the end of fall semester 2015. 

Curriculum changes for Fall 2016: 

  • The communications course (CMMC 151 or 165) is being removed from the diagnostic medical sonography curriculum in order to meet the state mandate to reduce credit hours; 
  • The required math course for the diagnostic medical sonography program is changing from Technical mathematics (MTHM 121) to Statistics (MTHM 168) because the math content of the physics for allied health professions (PHYC115) has changed and also the technical math course does not transfer for those wishing to continue on to complete a bachelor degree (The prerequisite for the PHYC 115 course will be Intermediate Algebra). 
  • Lifetime Fitness I, PEFT 151, will be added to the diagnostic medical sonography curriculum to better prepare students for strengthening and flexibility because of the physical demands in the profession.

About the Program

Sonography is an imaging process used to assist doctors in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by technological education to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a physician.

Sonographers direct non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body; the equipment then collects reflected echoes to form an image. The image is viewed on a screen and may be recorded on videotape or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by physicians.

Sonographers explain the procedure, record additional medical history and then perform the ultrasound examination. Viewing the screen as the scan takes place, sonographers look for subtle differences between healthy and pathological areas, decide which images to include and judge the images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes. A general sonography program (such as the LCCC program) provides training in abdominal (liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas) and obstetrics/gynecology (the female reproductive system) with an introduction into vascular (blood flows). Sonographers may also specialize in neurosonography (the brain), vascular (blood flows), echocardiography (the heart) and ophthalmology (the eye).

Program Director
Craig Peneff, MHHS, RDMS, RVT
Extension 7189, HS 223W

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