Ultrasound

Smiling female student practices ultrasound scanning on male patient

Ultrasound:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Diploma

Program Length

September 2015 - April 2017

Delivery Method

Full time

Start Date

September 2015

Tuition

Canadian Student Tuition
International Tuition

Application Deadline

February 1, 2015

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OntarioColleges

Program Code

MICH US222

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Ultrasound program find employment in the Sonography departments in hospitals and private clinics, where they work directly with patients. Career opportunities are also possible in the areas of education (didactic and clinical), research, sales, application as well as supervisory and/or management positions.

Graduates may apply to Michener’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certificate program and to the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Certificate program.

Graduates may apply for advanced standing at Ryerson University or obtain their Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences (Medical Imaging) or Master’s degree in Applied Sciences (Medical Ultrasound) through distance education from Charles Sturt University

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What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound?

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) is an imaging technology that uses high-frequency sound waves to display real time images of the soft tissue structures in the human body such as breast, thyroid, abdominal and pelvic organs, vessels, muscles, and other soft tissue structures in the human body. Sonographers use this technology to assess organs, muscles, vessels and anatomical systems in order to differentiate between normal and pathologic findings and to monitor pregnancies for fetal abnormalities, fetal growth and well-being. Sonography is used for medical diagnosis, for follow up of disease processes and for pregnancies.

What is the role of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a health care professional who performs ultrasound examinations, acquires sonographic images of the normal human anatomy as well as any abnormal or pathologic conditions and completes a technical report of their findings. The images and technical report are interpreted by the Radiologist in order to provide the patient diagnosis.

Sonographers are employed in the diagnostic imaging department of hospitals or private clinics. They can also be employed as application specialists, sales representatives, research assistants or educators. In all of these settings the sonographer has to display competency in their academic knowledge, their scanning skills as well as have exemplary communication (written, verbal, non-verbal, active listening, feedback) and collaboration skills in order to provide safe and quality patient care.

As a Sonographer in the clinical setting you need to be able to multi task, work efficiently, be physically fit, have excellent hand eye coordination and spatial reasoning in order to scan and differentiate normal from abnormal findings. You need to be able to problem solve by relating the patients clinical history, lab data and sonographic findings in order to describe the pathology/abnormality that you have detected and write the technical report. Sonographers have to be able to deal with high stress situations in a calm and competent manner.

Why become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

Sonography is a rapidly growing technology that has become an integral part of the diagnostic process in all health care institutions in Canada. It is a dynamic and appealing career for a person who likes a challenge and is interested in a fascinating medical field which requires a high-level of competence and responsibility. Sonographers enjoy excellent employment opportunities in Canada and around the world. As a sonographer you will have a challenging and fulfilling career that is well compensated and respected in the field of medicine.

How long does it take?

20 Months: Five semesters:

September 2015 – April 2017

3 Semesters: Didactic and simulated skills labs on campus: September 2015 – July 2016

2 Semesters: Clinical internship & online course: September 2016 – April 2017

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ultrasound program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.

See Admissions Requirements

Tuition

The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

The fee policy for International Students can found on the International Student Tuition Fees web page.

Tuition fees are based on the entire duration of the program of study. For your convenience, these fees have been broken down into three equal payments that can be made annually. Also, each annual fee can be split into two payments which will be due in the summer and late fall of each academic year.

What will I learn?

Michener’s Ultrasound Graduate Diploma Program offers a well-balanced mix of academic, simulated and clinical components, providing students with the required knowledge and skills necessary to write the Sonography Canada (previously CARDUP) Core Sonographic Skills Examination that is required for Canadian certification as a Generalist Sonographer.

The learning outcomes and objectives of the ultrasound curriculum are directly related to the National Competency Profiles (NCP) for the Generalist Profile (Version 5, April 2014). The NCP is accepted by the Canadian Medical Associations conjoint accreditation services.

  1. Acquisition of academic knowledge necessary for an entry level General Sonographer as defined by Sonography Canada – NCP (Abdomen, Superficial Structures, Gynecology and Obstetrics)
  2. Development of patient care skills in a simulated and clinical environment
  3. Development of scanning skills in simulated lab environment and clinical placement using the Sonography Canada (previously CARDUP) Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA)
  4. Development of skills for effective communication and collaboration to enhance Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care
  5. Develop critical thinking skills essential for working in a health care environment

Ultrasound Is for You If you…

  1. Want a challenging career that requires a very high level of knowledge, skills and responsibility
  2. Are physically fit and have excellent hand eye coordination and spatial reasoning skills
  3. Can multi task, problem solve, critically analyze, be organized and efficient
  4. Have effective communication and collaboration skills and can handle stressful situations
  5. Can interact with patients in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner and believe in quality and safe patient centered care

Graduation and Certification Examinations for Sonographers

Graduates of the Ultrasound Program receive The Michener Institute’s “Graduate Diploma of Health Sciences in Ultrasound” upon successful completion of their didactic and clinical components.

Upon successful completion in this program the student will be eligible to write the following credentialing exams.

  • Canadian certification exams for the Generalist Sonographer: Sonography Canada: www.sonographycanada.ca
  • American Registry Exam for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) www.ardms.org

Clinical Education

Length:             30 weeks

Start:                 September

End:                   April

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching community hospitals and private clinics in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of Sonographers, you will have the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge and scanning skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You may be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites.

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement.

Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:

  • First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
  • Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)

Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine.  This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites.  Students must follow clinical site protocol.

 

Accreditation

The Ultrasound Program at The Michener is accredited by The Canadian Medical Association Conjoint Accreditation Services.

Interesting Links

Canadian:
Provincial Society: Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS)

National Society and Credentialing Body: Sonography Canada

National Certification Exams: