Sonography

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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Instructor demonstrating a sonogram on a mannequin in the SimLife Center Student reviewing a sonogram image on a computer monitor Student practicing a sonogram on another student with two other students and the instructor observing
     

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Marketable Skills

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

Career Opportunities

Most diagnostic imaging workers are employed in hospitals or work in physicians’ offices or medical and diagnostic laboratories.

Demand

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.

Program Requirements

  • Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) and score minimum level of proficient.

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  • Required Immunizations:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles Mumps-Rubella – MMR
    • Varicella (Chickenpox)
    • Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis – TDAP (expires after 10 years)
    • Bacterial Meningitis (if required, according to Texas Enrollment Requirements, as listed in the Midland College Catalog)
  • 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.

Scholarship Plus Employment

Midland College, in partnership with Midland Memorial Hospital, offers up to a full scholarship (tuition, fees, books, uniforms, supplies and licensing exam fees).

Applicants must be admitted to this MC program, complete a Midland Memorial Hospital application, interview and complete a work agreement before the scholarship will be applied. Scholarship recipients will commit to two years of employment with Midland Memorial Hospital.

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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.

 

Contact

Department Chair

Lupita Copeland, M.Ed., RDMS, RVT
Davidson Family Health Sciences Building
Room 108
(432) 685-5572
lcopeland@midland.edu

Faculty

Sonography Faculty Contact Information

Division Office

Health Sciences

Davidson Family Health Sciences Building
Room 208
(432) 685-4600
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