Are you interested in a career in the medical field? Would you like to play a crucial role in the diagnosis of someone who is ill? Are you looking for a career with variety? Sonography might be the career for you!
Sonography is the use of sound waves to generate an image needed to assess and diagnose various medical conditions. Sonography is used to evaluate organs and tissue in many areas of the body. These specialties include vascular, obstetrics, gynecology, urology, and abdominal. A sonographer obtains the image necessary for a physician to diagnose and treat the patient.
At Midland College, an Associate of Applied Science for Sonography prepares you to work in entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities through hands-on laboratory practice and a variety of clinical rotations. Students to learn how to use high-frequency sound waves to produce images needed for assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.
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A career in sonography offers a wide variety of exams and procedures. A sonographer must be a driven individual with excellent marketable and critical thinking skills including:
- Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people's reactions
- Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
- Speaking – Talking to others
- Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
- Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people
- Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Most diagnostic imaging workers are employed in hospitals or work in physicians’ offices or medical and diagnostic laboratories.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 17% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase.
- Apply to Midland College
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- Complete the Sonography Program Application and Criminal History Background Check
- Satisfy requirements for Texas Success Initiative (TSI):
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- Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) and score minimum level
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- Required Immunizations:
- Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR, 2 doses)
- Hepatitis B (3 doses)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) - 2 doses or verification of disease
- Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap) - 1 dose within the last 10 years
- COVID-19 vaccine or medical/religious exemption
- Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
- PHYS 1415 - Physical Science I or PHYS 1401, College Physics I
- BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I
- MATH 1314 - College Algebra
- ENGL 1301 - Composition I
- HPRS 1106 - Essentials of Medical Terminology
What to Expect if Accepted
- Class meets on campus one day per week during each semester.
- Clinical is completed at the assigned clinical site 3 days per week from 8-5.
- Students are required to maintain CPR license and personal health insurance throughout the duration of the program.
2020-2021 Program Outcomes
- Student Retention: 71%
- Job Placement: 70%
- Credential Success Rates*
- SPI: 90.9%
- Obstetrics/Gynecology: 90%
- Abdominal/Superficial Structures: 66.67%
* Includes one student that graduated separately from cohort due to COVID-19.
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the general scholarship application.
How to Apply
- Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
- Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
- Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
- Select the Scholarship Application.
For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.
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PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.
Why study Sonography at MC?
Brandi Havner, RDMS, BAAS
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