The purpose of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Completion Program is to provide ARDMS registered Sonographers a Bachelor of Science degree from a distance education program that furthers the student's knowledge, clinical practice, and performance of examinations while practicing competent patient care and safety in the advanced modalities of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The program prepares students to:
- Employ diagnostic sonographic imaging techniques, critical thinking skills, effective communication skills, and professional judgment.
- Effectively apply ergonomically correct scanning techniques.
- Successfully complete nationally recognized credential examinations.
- Develop a dedication to independent lifelong learning and professional contribution.
- Utilize diagnostic techniques, sound judgment and good decision making to provide patient services.
- Be leaders in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who contribute to the field on a local, regional or national level.
- Think critically, communicate effectively and exemplify professional ethics.
- Become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- Effective oral, visual, and written communication skills.
- The ability to work effectively in teams.
- The ability to provide basic patient care and comfort while utilizing ethical, professionalism and HIPAA guidelines.
- Knowledge and understanding of human gross and sectional anatomy relative to normal and abnormal sonographic imaging.
- Knowledge and understanding of human physiology, pathology and pathophysiology.
- Knowledge and understanding of ultrasound physical principles and instrumentation.
- Knowledge of sonographic biological effects, proper application of sonographic instrumentation relative to imaging and image quality.
- Appropriate ergonomic scanning applications.
- An understanding of diverse cultural and humanistic traditions in the global society.
The curriculum map for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program can be found on the program's web page on the Oregon Tech web site.
Summary of Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2011-12 academic year, the program faculty developed an assessment plan to formally assess the student learning outcomes. The plan and cycle of assessment is contained in the attached annual report. Formal assessment will begin in the 2012-13 academic year.