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FAQs - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a skilled clinician who performs diagnostic medical ultrasound studies as ordered by physicians for the welfare of their patients.  Sonographers create images of various structures inside the human body using specialized equipment.  Physicians then use these images to formulate a medical diagnosis.  Sonographers are compassionate people who interact with patients that range from relatively healthy to extremely ill.  If you are interested in providing quality care for patients with varying degrees of illness, then Diagnostic Medical Sonography may be the career for you.  This video will tell you more about the profession.
What are the requirements to get into the program?
 
Thank you for your interest in Broward College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  We offer an Associate in Science Degree Program. In the A.S. program, Specialty courses in Sonography are offered along with the General Education courses required to earn the Degree. The degree program requires courses be taken in a sequential order for a total of 24 months of study. The requirements for admission are:
 
  • Applicants must submit an official and original documentation that indicates completion of a minimum of a two year course of study in a health science field that is patient-care related, and which leads to Registry, Certification or Licensure.
  • Applicants who have completed a radiological technology program or come from another Sonography program earn the highest amount of points for admission (25 points).
  • If not enough Radiologic Technologists/sonography students apply to fill the available seats in the program, other health professionals who have completed a 2 year program that leads to licensure will be considered for admission based on a point system including registered nurses, physical therapy professionals, nuclear medicine technologists, Medical Doctors or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine trained in the US or outside of the US and a variety of other health care professions (20 - 25 Points).
  • Students with a Bachelor's degree earn 15 points
  • Any other type of AS or AA degree earn 10 points.
  • Finally, if seats are still available, students who have completed all the courses required during the 1st term of the program along with Medical Terminology will receive 2 points.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's or associate degree in any area, it is highly recommended that the Medical Terminology course be completed before the program begins.  Students will earn 2 extra points toward admission.
  • For all applicants, a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) is required. The GPA should appear on submitted documentation.
     
See the Health Sciences Admissions page for further admission details.
What type of degree do I receive?
You will be awarded an Associate of Science degree upon completion of the two-year program.
Should I submit my application by a certain date?
For exact time frames for the application period, check on the Health Sciences Admissions web pageConfirmation of a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed after a review of the applicant pool is completed which occurs sometime in November or December. Admission is limited to available seats in the program.  
 
 
When does the program begin?
Each new class starts in January.
What is the length of the program?
The program is six (6) semesters in length. It is considered a two-year curriculum.
What are the hours of study?
A typical semester involves two full days of class and three eight-hour clinic days. This is a full-time day program approximately 38 hours per week. There are some variations in hours during some semesters.  For example, the first six week summer term is part-time with one full day and two half days.  The last six weeks of the General program is four eight hour clinic days with no class, and the degree programs (Echocardiography) require one day of class and three days of clinical practice.
When are classes held?
Sonography courses are held at the Coconut Creek Broward College Campus (North) during daytime hours. General education courses (any course without a SON prefix) are taught at varied times (days, evenings, weekends) at all campus locations.   
Is there a waiting list for admission?
No.  We do not keep a waiting list.  Students are admitted each year based on the amount of admission points they are awarded.  The 18 students with the highest amount of points are accepted into the program. In the event that you do not get into the January class of the year in which you apply, you can reapply for admission into the next year’s class.
 
How many credits are in the program?
You must completewith a grade of "C" or above77 credits to be awarded the AS degree.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes. The Student Financial Services office located on each campus can offer financial counseling to you and may be able to provide needed funds. Sponsorship opportunities are also available in which a local hospital will pay your tuition and costs in return for service after graduation.
What is the approximate total cost of the program—including tuition, books, uniforms, etc.?

The total cost of the program is approximately $9,698.82 for residents and $25,448.82 for out-of-state applicants. For general college tuition information.

Are uniforms required?
There is a required lab uniform for all clinical sessions, which is available for purchase at the bookstore. Prior to attending clinical practicums, you will be required to purchase uniforms.
 
Will I be attending clinical rotations in local hospitals or other health care agencies as part of my course requirements?
Yes. As part of the clinical practicum phase of the curriculum, you will be required to attend several clinical rotations. Clinical Education is provided in many locations in Broward County, and the clinical site is assigned by the program officials based on student experiences obtained at the clinical sites.  Students rotate to a different clinical site each semester.
Do I need to take a registry examination after I graduate?
Although the State of Florida does not require a sonographer be registered, it is highly recommended that you become registered because many employers require it. Historically, the program has exceeded the national average with regard to pass rates on the licensing examination.  
How does the current job market look?
There are definite signs of improvement in the job outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.  Although Federal legislation that imposed limitations on reimbursement for ultrasound services had an initial adverse effect of the job market, the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics now indicates that "Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 18 percent through 2018faster than the average for all occupations.  As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging.  Additional job growth is expected as healthcare providers increasingly utilize ultrasound imaging as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to radiological procedures."  The expected growth demand in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties is also 18% from 2016-2026.
What salary can I expect after I graduate?
Salaries range from $50,000 to $61,000 annually for the new graduate.
Is the program accredited?
 The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offered by Broward College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).  The current accreditation period extends through to 2016. Additional information regarding accreditation can be found at http://www.caahep.org  
 
Who can I contact for additional information?

For information contact:

Karen Hoban, Program Manager
Broward College
North Campus, Building 41
khoban@broward.edu  
Does the program provide job placement services?
No. The program does not offer any type of job placement service, but you should use Broward College’s Career Center for help in resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques and to get access to jobs through Job Track.
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