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UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, California, offers a 12-month program in General sonography and limited Vascular imaging. The students will perform their clinical rotation at one of six hospital affiliates.

UCSDs Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will provide the students with an exceptional education. Students will be trained to perform a wide range of sonographic procedures using state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound equipment.

Students will benefit from performing procedures on a diverse patient population including both inpatients and outpatients and exposed to a wide range of illnesses and pathology.

UCSD provides an excellent student to faculty ratio. You will work directly with highly skilled sonographers throughout the program to provide direction, knowledge and skills. The UCSD Medical Center Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program is 12-months in length and provides the high quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well qualified, fully competent general sonographer.

Each student will be assigned to an affiliate hospital for their clinical training.
The curriculum is designed so that the didactic courses will be given in a specified sequence. You will then utilize this information in the clinical rotation as you learn each area. You will add to your expertise throughout the program. Your clinical rotations outside your assigned hospital will include neonatal head and any other exam not offered at the clinical hospital.

Didactic Courses

Medical Ethics
Patient Care
Pelvic Sonography
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review
Introduction to Ultrasound Physics
Ultrasound Equipment
Small Parts Sonography (breast, thyroid, scrotum, prostate)
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review
Abdominal Sonography
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review
Color and Pulsed Doppler Physics
Neonatal Head Sonography
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review
Advanced Physics
Obstetrical Sonography
Normal Anatomy
Fetal Anomalies
Other abnormalities associated with pregnancy
Film Review
Vascular Sonography
Venous upper and lower extremity
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review
Anatomy and Physiology
Film Review

Clinical 32 hours a week. Didactic approximately 8 hours a week.


Ability to bend, kneel and squat
Full use of both arms, hands and fingers
Push and pull a 200-250 lb. Ultrasound machine
Ability to hear doppler used in pulse wave doppler
Ability to distinguish variations in colors used in color doppler
Ability to work standing greater than 75% of the time
Assist patients by lifting and helping on and off tables
Effectively communicate with patients and relatives
Effectively communicate with sonographers and radiologists

You are expected to arrive on time and attend all scheduled ides and clinical rotations unless you have an approved absence.
You must conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
You must adhere to all policies regarding the program and all policies required by each hospital clinical affiliate.
You must maintain a C average at all times throughout the program.

Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program receive a certificate from UCSD Medical Center. Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics & gynecology and physics examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

The annual tuition for the 12-month sonography program is $9000.00. Textbooks cost an additional $600.00 (approx.). You are responsible for your own ARDMS certification examination fees, all living expenses, parking fees and health insurance.

You may apply for admission to UCSD Medical Centers Sonography Program if you have graduated, or are about to graduate from a two-year AMA approved Allied Health Program.
Example: Radiologic Technology, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy

If the curriculum in your Allied Health Program or high school did not include courses in Algebra, physics and anatomy you will need to show that you have successfully completed them elsewhere.

If you have any questions concerning your eligibility or academic background, please call the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at (619) 543-6617.

Six students are accepted for the UCSD Medical Center Sonography Program on a competitive basis each year. ides begin in January.

To apply to the program you need to submit an application packet which includes:
A completed UCSD Medical Center Sonography Program application form.
Official transcripts of all high school, college, allied health and or university credits and 3 professional letters of recommendation.

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received between February 1 and July 1 of the academic year before you wish to begin ides.

If you are considered for an appointment, you will be asked to visit UCSD Medical Center for a personal interview with the Program Director and selected faculty. Appointment letters are mailed at the end of September. A reply is expected within two to three weeks.

You must meet all the physical requirements in this brochure. You must also successfully complete a general physical examination before you begin the program. A physical examination form will be mailed to you with your letter of appointment. The completed physical form and CPR certification must be received by November 1.

If you would like to apply to this exciting program, please fill out an a Sonography Application Form and mail it together with the Official transcripts of all high school, college, allied health and or university credits and 3 professional letters of recommendation to the Program Director, Ultrasound
Department of Radiology 200 West Arbor Drive San Diego, CA 92103-8759

If you would like an application packet or more information, please contact:

Nannette Forsythe
Program Director, Ultrasound
Department of Radiology
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103-8759
(619) 543-6617

email: nforsythe@ucsd.edu



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