Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Sonography Programs at Lackawanna College are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. For details, visit www.caahep.org.
Each of Lackawanna College’s Sonography Programs is designed to be completed over a two-year period with day, evening, and Saturday courses as well as on- and off-campus clinical hours. Each program also includes summer session courses and clinical lab hours.
Acceptance into all Lackawanna College Sonography Programs is based on a selective admissions process with a maximum of 25 students selected annually for the Cardiac and Vascular Programs and 20 for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
Please note that not all applicants to the Sonography Program will be accepted. All candidates must follow the standard procedures outlined below and meet program qualifications to be considered for one of the openings each year.
Criteria and requirements
Application to Lackawanna College and a separate application to Sonography program
The application deadline for all Sonography Programs is March 1. All documents must be submitted or post marked by deadline to be considered.
Must meet the college’s minimum requirements
Applicant must submit proof of high school or GED completion with official high school transcript or GED equivalent.
Lackawanna College will determine the applicant’s current academic ability based on a combination of following:
- SAT or ACT test scores, if applicable
- Recommended SAT scores: 470 Verbal and 470 Math.
- Recommended ACT scores: 20 or higher in each relevant section.
- Most scores are valid up to 3 years from test date.
- College Transfer Credits
- If transferring credits from another college/university, official college transcripts are required. Transfer credits must be at least 3.0 or greater to meet Sonography program academic standards.
- Placement Test
- Applicants without valid SAT/ACT scores and who have not previously earned college credits will be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam for determination of current academic ability. Applicants must achieve ‘College Ready’ scores in Reading, Writing, and Math to be considered qualified for one of the Sonography Programs.
Completion of a Biological Science course
If completed in high school, the course must be no more than 3 years old.
Completion of science-type course(s) at the high school or college level must again be evidenced in the form of an official high school or college transcript.
Due to the very specific nature of these degree programs, applicants with transfer credits may only transfer credits related to program core courses including the following:
- Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 credits
- Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 credits with lab (if taken within two years)
- College Algebra
- Computer Applications
- College Writing
- Effective Speaking
- Introduction to Psychology
- Medical Ethics (subject to review)
- Medical Terminology (subject to review)
- Transfer students with an associate degree in science may be considered for bypass of the Pre-Sonography semester, subject to review.
- All other courses within the curriculum must be completed at Lackawanna College under the Sonography program.
Interviews will be scheduled for qualified Sonography program applicants who submit a fully completed application with all materials by previously stated deadline:
- The top 25 applicants for Vascular and Cardiac
- The top 20 applicants for DMS
Mandatory Informational Meeting will be required prior to start of the selected program.
Qualified students will be notified of the date and time upon selection into program. The meeting will review the Sonography Department’s policies and expectations. The meeting will also allow for question and answer session and tour of the Lackawanna College Sonography facilities.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a two-year Associate Degree in Applied Science. The General Ultrasound curriculum consists of 70 credits of didactic and clinical training. This program includes the specializations of abdominal sonography (liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen), obstetric and gynecologic sonography, neurosonography, small parts scanning and an introduction to vascular sonography.
The ultrasound technologist or sonographer utilizes nonionizing, high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques in an independent working environment. This health care profession requires highly skilled and competent individuals who function as integral members of a health care team. The professional must produce, assess and evaluate sonographic images necessary to render an accurate medical diagnosis. Diagnostic medical sonography provides a service to a diverse population in hospital settings, clinics and physician’s offices.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use special equipment to identify actual or potential medical abnormalities in various body systems. Through classroom presentations and on-site clinical experience, students become familiar with the operation of such equipment and with the scientific principles and processes underlying its applications.
Job opportunities and salaries in the healthcare specialty of diagnostic medical sonography have been rising steadily over the last few years and the U.S. Department of Labor predicts another 46% increase in the need for diagnostic medical sonographers by the year 2022. The median income is $65,860 with a salary range of $44,990 to $91,070.
Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Concentration will:
- Perform complete non-invasive abdominal, gynecological, obstetrical, small parts, carotid artery, and venous testing protocols.
- Apply the appropriate diagnostic criteria to each of the above listed testing protocols; Identify normal sonographic anatomy through the proper application of diagnostic testing.
- Modify the scanning protocol based on the sonographic findings and the differential diagnosis.
- Modify the scanning technique based on the patient body habitus and visual artifacts.
- Demonstrate appropriate scanning planes and patient positioning to obtain optimum images.
- Provide a complete and accurate assessment of all testing findings in a preliminary impression.
- Describe and/or demonstrate appropriate procedures for assuring the accurate and timely interpretation of studies.
- Develop a working knowledge of Ultrasound Careers and their related requirements.
- Students successfully completing the Ultrasound Program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examination, and thereafter pursue an exciting career in Ultrasound technology.
March 1: Deadline for Application
Waiting lists are created in all three sonography programs, and additional seats may become available up until the start of the Fall semester. Please call the Admissions office at (570) 961-7814 for more information.
March 1-28: Application Review Period and Interviews
April 1: Program Acceptance Letters and Alternative Option Letters will be mailed to all applicants.
Acceptance Letter will indicate their status in the specific program of choice and will outline all requirements needed to solidify place on official list for that program.
June 1: Deadline for all accepted students to make commitment to program. All requirements will need
to be complete at that time *
Items for Official Placement into program*
- $100 commitment fee
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts
- SAT/ACT scores, if applicable
Alternative Option letters will explain to students that they are not denied from attending the college, but have not been accepted into one of the three Allied Health Sonography Programs. In this letter it will include suggested courses for candidate to complete to better qualify themselves for re-application in the future.
July 15: The selected candidates will then have until July 15 to obtain/complete the following requirements
to stay on the list for the upcoming semester:
- CPR Certification
- FBI Clearance
- State Clearance
- PA Child Abuse Clearance
- 2 Step PPD
- Recent Physical Examination
- Copy of Immunization Records
- Vericella Vaccination Date or Date/Year of Chicken Pox
- Hepatitis B vaccination (3 shots) or waiver
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
* All coursework must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in Clinical III.