Sonography

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Allied Health and Nursing

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 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 if 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 other areas such as evaluation of the brain (neurosonography), blood flow (vascular), the heart echocardiography) and the breast. 

Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This program prepares students to provide patient care and perform sonographic exams in order to obtain images to assist physicians in making diagnostic decisions. This program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), a division of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national certification examination in sonographic principles and instrumentation, and specialty examinations in abdomen and in obstetrics and gynecology, which are given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Note: Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all math, science and sonography courses taken as part of this program to meet program requirements satisfactorily.

Other Related Opportunities in Allied Health

Educational Opportunities at LCCC through its University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Major in Public Health
The Public Health major offers the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) degree. The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. Public health graduates are employed in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and other health and care settings, and governmental agencies.

There are five standard areas in public health training that enable students to perform the essentials services of public health. These are epidemiology, biostatistics, health services administration, environmental health and behavioral science/health education.

The curriculum for the YSU bachelor’s degree in public health addresses each of the five core areas through multiple courses. This curriculum enables mastery at the bachelor’s level of the nationally recognized Public Health Core Competencies, and requires an internship tailored to the area of public health interests of each student. This contemporary major also includes two, three-semester hour courses in bioterrorism, mass causality and crisis management in public health. Most of the professional courses for the degree can be completed through a combination of interactive videoconferencing and online distance learning options.

The B.S.A.S. in public health can also prepare the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). CHES assess individual and community health needs; plan and implement effective health education and health promotion programs; coordinate and manage the provision of health education and promotion services; effectively communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources; and conduct program evaluation.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in applied science with a major in allied health is intended to serve professional health-related, associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.

Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services and Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. The program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

Certificate in Health Care Management
The Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. The program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

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