DMSG1401 Introduction to the Sonography Field

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the sonography field, covering the origins and evolution of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The students will learn the sonographer profile, sonographer safety; legal, ethical, and legislative issues; current sonographic examinations; and basic patient care skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the evolutionary history of diagnostic ultrasound and the aptitude, abilities, and skills needed to be a sonographer.
  • Explain the differences among accreditation, certification, and registration.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of safety considerations and professional confidentiality when dealing with patient care.
  • Identify ergonomic methods of prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in the field of sonography.
  • Recognize patient preparations for abdominal, obstetric-gynecologic, and vascular procedures, and state the major specialty sonographic examinations.
  • Explain how patients, peers, and other health care professionals interact in a considerate and professional manner.
  • Analyze the various ultrasound procedures performed in the simulated lab.
  • Discuss the sonographers¿ role in infection control.
  • Explain how culture and religion can influence health and illness.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

1 credit: 1 lecture / presentation, 0 lab, 0 other