Ultrasound Program

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Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Advanced Diploma

Program Length

5 semesters over 2 years

Delivery Method

Full time

Start Date

September 2021


Canadian Student Tuition

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Program Code


Career Opportunities

Graduates are educated as Generalist Sonographers as per Sonography Canada’s National Competency Profile Version 6.0 and have expertise in scanning the human abdomen, male pelvis, superficial structures (thyroid, parathyroid & salivary glands, scrotum & breast), pregnancies (obstetrics) and female pelvis (gynecology). The students also obtain skills in utilizing Doppler Ultrasound of the upper & lower extremity venous vessels, abdominal vessels as well as extra cranial (carotid) vessels.

After graduation, the student can challenge the Generalist credentialing exam set by Sonography Canada and if successful can apply for registration with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) which is a requirement to practice in Ontario. CMRITO is the regulatory body for medical radiation and imaging technologists for Ontario. Graduates can also apply to challenge the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Graduates can choose to find employment and practice as a generalist Sonographer or specialize in a particular field in the generalist expertise. Future career opportunities include (but are not limited to) working in hospitals, private clinics or independent health facilities, research, management, new product development and education.

Graduates can go on to specialize in MRI & Imaging Informatics. They may also apply for advanced standing at Ryerson or apply to the Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences (Medical Imaging) or Master’s degree in Applied Sciences (Medical Ultrasound) through distance education from Charles Sturt.

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Why Ultrasound/Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

The Ultrasound program at The Michener is a post graduate accredited program and offers a well-balanced mix of academic, simulated and clinical components.

Ultrasound Graduates are eligible to write the national credentialing examinations for the Generalist Sonographer (Core/abdominal/ superficial structures, vascular for generalist, obstetrics and gynecology) conducted by Sonography Canada; as well as the certification exams (SPI/abdominal /superficial structures, obstetrics and gynecology) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS).

The primary focus of the program is to provide optimal knowledge and skills so that the graduating student can provide safe, ethical, compassionate, and competent care to each patient.

What is Ultrasound/Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) is an important medical diagnostic imaging technology and is an integral part of the diagnostic process in all health care institutions in Canada.

Diagnostic medical sonography uses high-frequency sound waves to display real time images of the soft tissue structures in the human body such as the abdomen, pelvis, breast, thyroid, musculature and vascular structures. It plays a large role in assessing fetal development, well-being and fetal anatomy and can also be utilized to assess the viability of different types of organ transplants by assessing the vascular flow.

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 to provide the patients’ differential 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 these settings, the sonographer must 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 ethical, safe, compassionate 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 to scan and differentiate normal from abnormal findings. You need to be able to problem solve by relating the patient’s clinical history, lab data and sonographic findings in order to describe the pathology/abnormality that you have detected and write the technical report. Sonographers should be able to deal with high stress situations in a calm and competent manner.

In addition to these skills, you should have the following characteristics to provide exemplary, safe, competent and quality patient centered care.

Communication and Collaboration

Detail Oriented

As a Sonographer attention to detail is vital in order to pick up pathologies while scanning. Remember that patients come in all shapes and sizes; you should persevere against body habitus in order to find the pathology.

Ethical Practice

An ethical perspective will enable safe and professional conduct. Errors and omissions should be reported and rectified immediately. You should always advocate for the patient.


A sonographer must be able to reflect and self-assess in order to recognize their strengths and weaknesses so that they always practice their profession competently.

Motivation & Initiative

Taking the initiative to always upgrade your knowledge and skills will ensure evidence based safe practice. Participation in provincial (OAMRS) and national professional (Sonography Canada) organizations will also enable continuous professional development, networking and growth in practice.

Patient Focused Compassionate Care

As a Sonographer your patient must be at the center of your care. As a health care professional having compassion and a non-judgmental attitude will give your patient the best care available.

Physical Characteristics

Sonography is a demanding profession. Repetitive strain injuries are a common occurrence and as a sonographer maintaining your physical fitness will enable you to enjoy your profession. Excellent hand eye coordination and spatial reasoning are also necessary in order to scan efficiently and recognize pathologies.

*Repetitive strain injuries are a common occupational hazard. Practicing good ergonomics will help prevent/lessen this.

Why become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

Sonography is a rapidly growing medical imaging 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. Sonographers are vital members of the Interprofessional health care team devoted to patient care.

  • Generalist Sonographers should competently perform ultrasound scanning of the adult human:
    • Abdomen
    • Obstetrics
    • Male Pelvis
    • Female Pelvis (Gynecology)
    • Vascular for generalist (Abdominal vessels, Lower extremity Doppler, Extra cranial vessels)
    • Superficial structures (Thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, salivary glands, breast & scrotum)
  • Sonographers are vital members of the interprofessional health care team devoted to ethical, safe and compassionate patient care
  • Sonographers must have exemplary humanistic skills necessary to communicate with patients, problem-solve, and work well with other members of the health care team
  • Sonographers must be motivated to continue professional development and evidence based practice

As a Sonographer you will have a challenging, respected and fulfilling career in health care.

Is Ultrasound for you?

Ultrasound is for you if you:

  1. Are in good physical health, can stand for extended periods of time, have no previous injury of the arms, neck, shoulder and can comfortably handle physical demands such as lifting or moving large or heavy equipment or patients.
  2. Have excellent hand-eye coordination and spatial reasoning skills.
  3. Are effectively able to multitask and problem solve.
  4. Have effective communication and collaboration skills and can handle stressful situations.
  5. Can interact with patients in a calm, empathetic and non-judgmental manner.
  6. Have strong critical assessment skills.
  7. Are motivated to be a lifelong learner.

    How long does it take?

    20 Months (Five semesters) – September 2021 – April 2023

    3 Semesters – Didactic and simulated skills labs on campus: September 2021 – July 2022

    2 Semesters – Clinical internship & online course: September 2022 – April 2023

    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.

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

    Please note this program is currently not open to international applicants.

    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?

    For detailed course descriptions, please visit the Ultrasound Curriculum Page.

    Michener’s Ultrasound Advanced Diploma Program offers a well-balanced mix of academic, simulated and clinical components, providing students with the required knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the program and be eligible to write the Sonography Canada credentialing examinations for the Generalist Sonographer.

    The learning outcomes and objectives of the ultrasound curriculum are directly related to the National Competency Profiles (NCP) Version 6 for the Generalist Profile.

    Acquisition of academic knowledge, scanning skills and professionalism are necessary for an entry level Generalist Sonographer as defined by Sonography Canada National Competency Profile (Abdomen, Superficial Structures, Vascular for generalist, Gynecology and Obstetrics) including:

    1. Development of patient care skills in a simulated and clinical environment.
    2. Sonographic knowledge of cross sectional, relational, normal and pathological processes of the abdomen, superficial structures, vessels, musculoskeletal, obstetrics and gynecology related to the adult human.
    3. Development of scanning skills in a simulated lab environment and clinical placement using the Sonography Canada Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA).
    4. Development of skills for effective communication and collaboration to enhance Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care.
    5. Development of critical thinking skills essential for working in a health care environment.

    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 and community hospitals and private clinics in Ontario and other provinces. 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. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical

    • 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.

    Graduation & Certification Examinations for Sonographers

    Graduates of the Ultrasound Program receive The Michener Institute’s “Advanced 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
    • American Registry Exam for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) ARDMS

    Note: Sonography Canada Generalist Certification qualifies graduates to apply for registration with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO), which is a requirement to practice ultrasound in Ontario.


    The Program is accredited by Accreditation Canada