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Earning your sonography degree is a great way to make yourself an indispensable part of the healthcare community. Sonographers are qualified professionals who specialize in the use of ultrasound technology to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, diseases and injuries. Graduates of the program can expect to secure entry level employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and various out-patient healthcare facilities.
Because this is such a highly specialized field, sonographers are held to high standards—and at Northwestern College we pride ourselves in ensuring that we provide our students with the best quality education and clinical experience needed in the workforce.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Northwestern College provides students with qualified instructors, state-of-the-art equipment, and a curriculum that challenges you each and every day, sonography programs like ours are exactly what you want.
When it comes to qualified instructors, industry-standard training equipment, and a curriculum that challenges you each and every day, sonography programs like ours are exactly what you want.
Ultrasound Degrees and the Sonography Profession
Ultrasound technology is most often associated with maternal health, as it is the equipment used in obstetric offices to visualize the baby’s development in the womb. While this is a big part of sonography training, it’s not everything the field has to offer. Ultrasound can be used to image just about any part of the body such as abdominal organs, the heart, blood vessels, the brain, and the musculoskeletal system, just to name a few.
With so much to learn, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Northwestern College is a two-year degree program. To ensure that we provide students with the best training, we keep class sizes small and provide a well-balanced approach that includes one-on-one instruction, hands on training, group seminars, and real-world working experience.
It’s this combination of independent and group study that makes our sonography program so competitive. Although sonography requires professionals to work on their own and directly with patients, it is still a team-focused field. You’ll not only be part of the medical office team, but you’ll also work side-by-side with radiologists to perform specialized exams.
Becoming a Sonographer
Graduates of Northwestern College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are trained for entry-level sonographer positions and prepared to pass the General Sonography exam administered by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be certified and may add the initials R.T.(S) (ARRT) after their name.
Because so many different medical departments and offices utilize sonography equipment, earning a diagnostic medical sonography degree puts you in a highly-sought after profession. We can’t promise it will always be easy, but we will do our best to ensure that you have all the tools you need to succeed. From modern sonography equipment and educational resources to the Northwestern College support network, we have you covered.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
- Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
- Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
- Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
- Act in a professional and ethical manner
- Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health
As a sonography student, you will enjoy classes such as:
Fundamentals of Sonography
This course introduces the beginning radiography student to the following: organization of medical centers/hospitals and diagnostic imaging departments and the sonography program. Basic information regarding health and safety procedures within the clinical area, image formation, patient care guidelines, professional ethics, and medical law are reviewed.
Patient Care and Safety in Sonography
This course focuses on nursing procedures and techniques used by sonographers in the general care of the patient. Areas covered include: factors influencing relationships with patients and professional peers, medical ethics, communication techniques, patient care and assessment, infection control, medications and medication administration, contrast media administration, and responses to emergency medical situations, including contrast media reactions. Human diversity/cultural differences, communication styles, socio-economic influences, health risks, and life stages are also discussed in this course.
Sonography Positioning and Procedures
This course introduces the student to the anatomical planes of the body and positioning terminology. Anatomy, the principles of positioning, procedural steps, and image evaluation for abdominal sonography are all covered in this course. Pediatric and geriatric radiology are also covered.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
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The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. Last year, we made more than $4 million in scholarships available to students just like you. See which ones you qualify for.
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