Diagnostic medical sonography, also known as diagnostic imaging or ultrasound, is rapidly changing technology and demand for well-trained professionals are always in demand. Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment sending high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body tissues. They assist physicians diagnose wide range of internal health issues and monitor pregnancy.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Generalist
Advance Your Career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Aligned with the current National Competency Profiles (NCP) Generalist, our diagnostic medical sonography program is registered with Sonography Canada.
- Prepare for an in-demand career with extensive clinical readiness program.
- Equip yourself with versatile skills to work in variety of healthcare settings.
- Learn from industry experienced professionals in state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a regulated profession by College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists in Ontario (CMRITO). The strong demand for professionals in this sector has a bright future, job security and good pay.
According to Job Bank Canada, the employment outlook for diagnostic medical sonography is good in Ontario and growth will lead to several new positions. The average wage for medical sonographer in Ontario is between $30/hr. and $44/hr.
Upon completion of the program, you may work under any of following job titles:
- Medical sonographer
- Ultrasound technologist
- Registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
- Sonography instructor
Sonography refers to imaging organs and other structures using high frequency sound waves. With new technologies emerging within medical imaging, the field is changing rapidly.
A great career choice, sonographers work in variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, imaging clinics, diagnostic laboratories and physicians’ offices. Self-employment is another great option for medical sonographers along with career advancement opportunities in administration, research and teaching.
Sonographers can choose to build career in any of the following specializations:
- Abdominal Sonography
- Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
- Pediatric Sonography
- Musculoskeletal (MSK) Sonography
- Adult or Pediatric Echocardiography
Just like any other service industry, sonographers require both hard and soft skills. The makeup of a well-rounded sonography professional includes:
Must have technical skills for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers include:
- Excellent hand-eye coordination
- Ability to push, pull and lift over 50 lbs.
- Agility to operate equipment
- In-depth know-how of anatomy and physiology
- Understanding of pathophysiology
- Interpretation of technical findings of the exam
Interpersonal skills are must in a healthcare profession and sonographers work directly with patients, thus it is imperative that a well-rounded sonographer should have following:
- Excellent communication skills
- Compassion and empathy
- Ability to stay calm under pressure
- Strong work ethic and conduct
- Ability to work as a part of a team
What are the basic job duties of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?
- Operate ultrasound imaging equipment to produce images of body parts that require examination.
- Monitor examination via images and video and evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images.
- Handle equipment and make adjustments as required.
- Record, store and process scanned images.
- Prepare examination reports for doctors to aid in monitoring pregnancies and diagnosis of health disorders.
- Ensure patient safety and care for patients throughout examinations.
- Perform quality control checks and minor repairs and adjustments to equipment as required.
BizTech College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is aligned with the National Competency Profiles (NCP) Generalist.
Program has been ardently devised by subject specialists allocating ample hours to both didactic and practical components of the study. You will develop proficiency in Abdominal, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Vascular, Musculoskeletal and Pediatric Sonography.
Unique to Biz-tech college is its ‘Clinical Readiness Program. Duration this module extensive hands on training opportunity is provided to the students to master examination techniques and Canadian ultrasound protocols. Primary purpose of the program is to make sure that the students are proficient in all the clinical skills and are all fit to move on to real-time labs/clinics for clinical placement.
Program Highlights – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Upon successful completion of the diagnostic medical sonography-generalist program and registration with Sonography Canada, graduates are eligible to register with the CMRITO
- Invaluable professional experience attained through 500 Hours of clinical placement at busy peripheral labs as well as hospital’s imaging departments.
- Immense emphasis is laid on essential sciences components, including (but not limited to) anatomy, physiology, pathology and ultrasound physics.
Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is professionally designed to impart comprehensive understanding of the relevant subjects and learn how to:
- Establish effective, efficient and meaningful verbal and non-verbal communication with the patient, patient’s relatives and health care team members.
- Record correct medical history, scrupulously perform relevant physical examination, correctly perform ultrasound examination and document findings using correct medical terminology and standard abbreviations.
- Perform ultrasound procedures in an efficient and timely manner.
- Have comprehensive understanding of legal and ethical requirements of the profession and comply absolutely with provincial, federal and CMRITO legislation.
- Use accurate professional judgement and practice within limits of personal knowledge, skill and acumen.
- Maintain professional appearance and uphold manner and conduct expected out of a qualified, competent and seasoned sonographer.
- Furnish safe, complacent and dignified environment to the patient in line with standards of practice and guidelines provided by professional and regulatory bodies like Sonography Canada and CMRITO.
- Apply proper body mechanics and practice ergonomic techniques to ensure self and patient’s physical safety.
- Rigorously implement profession required infection control measures to protect self, the patient and coworkers against contagious disease processes.
- Applying principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation be able to achieve a high quality and diagnostically helpful ultrasound study.
- Has appropriate knowledge and understanding of ultrasound equipment, equipment set-up, equipment operation and equipment maintenance alongside implementation of steps required for quality assurance of ultrasound equipment and ultrasound study.
- Apply appropriate critical thinking techniques in understanding and solving complex, unusual and exceptional problems/situations.
- Assist the physicians in performing specialized procedures such as contrast studies, aspiration and injection procedures, intraoperative ultrasonography and other interventional procedures.
- Evaluate images for normal and abnormal findings by integrating knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and prepare sonographer impression and report for submission to the interpreting physician.
Clinical placement is a critical part of your sonography program. As a BizTech College student, you are guaranteed hands-on, situational training, supervised by qualified sonography professionals, in a real-world, clinical setting.
Our partnerships with local clinics, albs and hospitals provide you with the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled professionals in a fast-paced, urban environment.
During your internship, you will have the opportunity to foster meaningful connections with potential employers, which can serve you well as you search for ultrasound technician jobs upon graduation.
Competencies are based on the National Competency Profile by Sonography Canada.
Students looking to enroll in our Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Generalist program must first meet the following prerequisites:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent OR
- Mature Student Status (18 Years of age or older)
- Successful Completion of Entry Assessment Test
- Successful Personal Interview.
Additionally, students need to have following prior to the start of the program:
- Clean criminal record and vulnerable sector screening checks
- Immunization record as per the program requirement