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    Lackawanna College

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    Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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    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.

    Degree information

    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.

    Program Goals and Objectives

    Lackawanna College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs aim to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

    Cognitive domain

    • Students will learn through successful didactic and clinical training following the standards of the sonography curriculum. Student outcomes will be measured through written tests, quizzes and projects as well as hands-on examinations.
    • 100% success of students passing the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) examination upon graduation from the program.
    • Minimum entry-level competency of all program graduates.
    • Minimal attrition.
    • Meetings with clinical site liaisons. Through site visits, written and verbal correspondence, and at the beginning of each semester, a meeting is held to discuss the expectations of the students, the instructors and the facilities.
    • Capable of completing documentation of history and physicals.
    • Proficiency of patient care skills.

    Psychomotor domain

    • Meetings with clinical site liaisons. Through site visits, written and verbal correspondence, and at the beginning of each semester, a meeting is held to discuss the expectations of the students, the instructors and the facilities.
    • Identify normal anatomy and patient pathology.
    • Effectively prepare preliminary study reports.
    • To perform all competencies effectively and efficiently.
    • Continuing education through local societies and national organizations.

    Affective domain

    • Professionalism.
    • Broaden patient relation skills.
    • Behavior based on ethical reasoning and judgment.
    • To be able to work effective and efficiently within a clinical setting.
    • Feedback from employer and graduate surveys.

    Methods to assure appropriateness of program’s goals and objectives

    The following methods are used to assure that both programs’ goals are met:

    • Advisory Board: Periodic meetings take place to discuss the program’s progress and to reassess resource requirements and community needs.
    • Departmental meetings: Held on a monthly basis to discuss and handle various issues and concerns related to the program.
    • Meetings with clinical site liaisons: Through site visits, written and verbal correspondence, and at the beginning of each semester, a meeting is held to discuss the expectations of the students, the instructors and the facilities.
    • Testing: Throughout the course of the program.
    • Student surveys: Performed each semester.
    • ARDMS registry exam: Upon first graduates and followed annually by utilizing the ARDMS school reports system.
    • Employer feedback: Will be used upon first graduating class and utilized in a timely fashion following each graduating class thereafter.

    Analysis of data collected

    • Student surveys are compiled and reviewed by both the director of the program and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
    • Reports are generated each semester on student grades, attrition, GPAs, and class size and reviewed by the Program Director and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
    • Curriculum is evaluated yearly by faculty, the director, and the Vice President with student input as well as close contact with the Medical Directors.

    2013 Student / Graduate Outcome Information

    Program design
    Length of program (in months) 24
    Total students admitted in 2013 7
    How many times per year is this program offered? 1

    Attrition rate
    Number of students admitted 7
    Number of students graduating 7
    Attrition rate 0%

    Job placement rate
    Number of graduates in 2013 7
    Number of graduates employed 6
    Job placement rate 86%

    Graduate survey results
    Number of graduates in 2013 7
    Number of graduate surveys returned 4
    Graduate survey return rate 57%

    Employer survey return rate
    Number of employed graduates from 2013 7
    Number of employer surveys returned 4
    Employer survey return rate 57%

    Credential success rate
    Number of students taking ABD credential 6
    Number of students earning credential from ARDMS 6
    ABD credential success rate 100%
    Number of general students taking SPI from ARDMS 6
    Number of general students successfully passing SPI exam 6
    SPI examination success rate 100%

    Timeline

    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
      • FAFSA

    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

    View the curriculum guide

    Download the Sonography application (PDF)

    * All coursework must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in Clinical III.