Diagnostic Medical Sonography | St. Clair College
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivered in 2.5 years
Starts: September
Contact:
Jody Delisle
519-972-2727 ext. 5303

Program Overview

Utilizing advanced knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy, pathology, and physical applications, a sonographer performs examinations to provide diagnostic ultrasound images for interpretation by a medical radiologist. As a member of a health-care team, the sonographer will produce images of internal body structures utilizing a variety of hand-held acoustical scanning probes and imaging techniques. The profession requires critical thinking skills, judgment, and the ability to provide safe and competent health care.

The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with the current National Competency Profiles (NCP) Generalist, as approved by Sonography Canada. Graduates will be eligible to challenge the Sonography Canada national board exams and successful completion of the registry exams will allow sonographers to seek employment in Ontario. Sonography is a regulated profession in Ontario under the guidance of the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (https://www.cmrto.org/).

Course work includes sonographic physics, physiology, pathology, pathophysiology and the study of normal and abnormal cross-sectional anatomical structures necessary for sonographic interrogation of abdominal, obstetrical/ gynecological, general vascular and small parts imaging.

Program Highlights

  • The program is accredited through Equal - ACCREDITATION CANADA.
  • Graduates are eligible to write the Sonography Canada Generalist Sonographer credentialing examinations.
  • Simulation labs and clinical placement settings will expose the student to practical learning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will work as an Ultrasound Technologist in such settings as hospitals, clinical laboratories, and other healthcare facilities.

Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited through Equal - ACCREDITATION CANADA and previously the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Conjoint Accreditation. St. Clair College’s DMS program was granted a six-year accreditation status in 2015. Students must graduate from an accredited school to qualify to complete the Sonography Canada certification board examinations. The program's accredited status is posted on the Official List of Programs at https://accreditation.ca/educational-programs/.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)

OR

  • The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate or equivalent courses from the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admission Guidelines document also found on the Admission Procedures page.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Additional Requirements

Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test.

Selection Procedure

A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titer within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

Computer Proficiency Requirements

Students in this program must have basic computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and e-mail.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
SON102
Sonography Physics I
3
SON101
Basic Sonography Techniques
6
SON107
Abdominal Sonography I
5
SON111
Human Anatomy & Physiology For Sonographers
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
SON201
Pelvic Sonography & Pathology
4
SON202
Abdominal Sonography II
6
SON212
Introduction To Patient Care
4
SON401
High Resolution Imaging & Msk
4
SON211
Pathophysiology For Sonographers
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
SON350
Clinical Sonography I
20
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
SON408
Sonography Physics II
3
SON407
Introduction To Vascular Sonography
5
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
SON409
Advanced Sonography Techniques
5
SON405
Obstetric Sonography I
4
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
SON550
Clinical Sonography 11
35
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
SON510
Obstetric Sonography II
5
SON603
Comprehensive Review
6
Semester 7
Code Title Credits
SON750
Clinical Sonography III
35

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2019-2020 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Medical Imaging Technology - Ultrasonography (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)  (MTCU Code 61610)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to ensure the best performance as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
  2. Communicate in a professional manner with patients and other healthcare professionals using effective verbal, non-verbal and written skills.
  3. Provide competent and individualized patient care, demonstrating principles of professional conduct and judgement.
  4. Integrate available diagnostic data and patient’s medical history and status to formulate sonographic scanning strategies.
  5. Provide technical analysis of sonographic data and technical impression for physician interpretation, utilizing knowledges of structures and conditions. Demonstrate an understanding of Diagnostic Sonography hardware and software.
  6. Apply ultrasound safety procedures with respect to screening, bio-effects (particularly Doppler) and emergency procedures for incidents and accidents during ultrasound procedure(s).
  7. Apply the theoretical principles and physical properties of physics and sonography to optimize image quality while minimizing the risk of adverse events to clients and self.
  8. Utilize all aspects of quality assurance and perform routine quality control procedures by applying knowledge of the principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation to best optimize both diagnostic abilities and image quality.
  9. Identify and respond competently in all emergency situations.
  10. Interact appropriately within the healthcare environment a member of a multi-discipline team.
  11. Perform patient assessments and medical interventions, differentiate sonographic appearance of normal structures from anomalous and pathologic conditions and produce diagnostic data using techniques within the scope of practice and in accordance with national regulatory standards.
  12. Implement infection control practices and respond to the hygiene needs of the patient and practice in accordance with legislation, regulations and ethical guidelines related to the profession.
  13. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the professional and governing bodies of the discipline.
  14. Incorporate strategies for continual learning within the changing field of medical imaging technology.
  15. Perform Sonographic examinations of:
    • Obstetrical studies
    • Gynecological studies
    • Abdominal studies
    • Superficial structures studies
    • Musculoskeletal studies
    • Vascular studies
    • Neonatal head studies
  16. Select and demonstrate appropriate sonographic imaging strategies to identify pathological processes of:
    • Obstetrical studies
    • Gynecological studies
    • Abdominal studies
    • Superficial structures studies
    • Musculoskeletal studies
    • Vascular studies
    • Neonatal head studies