This specialized training combines clinical and didactic diagnostic medical ultrasound experience in a 16-month certificate program. The majority portion of the experience is "hands-on‖ at appropriate clinical sites under the supervision of qualified and registered ultrasound staff called Preceptors. The program delivers a competency-based dedicated ultrasound curriculum with novice-level clinical experience at the start of the program followed by increasing clinical responsibility and accountability over time. This underscores the importance of the clinical scanning experience and serves to enhance the ―connectedness‖ of the didactic (on campus) to the clinical component (at clinic) at the outset of the program.
The clinical practicum parallels clinical competencies based on a program entitled the SCAN. This program is a nationally accepted tool serving to standardize the clinical experience in a graduated way so that competencies over a timeline can be assessed. The SCAN program has been designed and implemented by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (S.D.M.S.) and its educational arm, the Educational Foundation.
Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field; that certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and that certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession you are interested in has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair.
The mission of this newly designed 16-month continuous diploma program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to train qualified Maine students for entry-level competency positions in a diagnostic ultrasound setting within a hospital, clinic, or office where abdominal and/or obstetrical gynecological diagnostic ultrasound studies are performed, and to promote quality care and patient safety through ARDMS certification. Successful students receive dedicated clinical and didactic training particular to the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound allowing them to sit for registry examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
Responding to labor shortage feedback from the Maine health care community, Kennebec Valley Community College offers the first college-based Sonography program in the State of Maine in order to help meet the high demand and low supply needs for entry-level sonographers. Therefore, improving the level of health care delivery in the State of Maine through the training of qualified sonographers is a valuable goal for this program.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
(CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Joint Review
Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043;
Phone: 443-973-3251; Fax: 866-738-3444