The SCTCC Sonography program has maintained its accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The CAAHEP board of directors voted at its Nov. 15 meeting and approved the accreditation recommendation.
The accreditation process includes a review of the program, curriculum, resources, faculty and staff, and a site visit. SCTCC’s Sonography program was determined “to be in substantial compliance” with the national standards and guidelines. The standard focus on outcomes, meaning that the Sonography programs graduates are competent for entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonography professionals.
“We are so proud of this program's graduates, students, and faculty,” said Dean of Health Science Bob Muster. “The graduates and faculty are excellent representatives of the college.”
SCTCC’s Sonography program is the only public education option in Minnesota, and it’s been accredited since 2005. The program accepts 12 students each fall semester and has two tracks: obstetric gynecologic and abdominal.
“I have enjoyed working every day in the ultrasound profession,” said instructor Jeff Gunderson. “It is so important to choose a career that challenges you, excites you, and makes you feel like you make a difference. There are many pathways graduates can choose, making it an adventurous profession.”
Accreditation is critical to protect the public and ensure a supply of qualified health care professionals. More information on the CAAHEP accreditation can be found at their website.