Medical Sonography – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The Medical Sonography Program meets the workforce need for providing competent entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. This mission is accomplished through didactic, laboratory, clinical education, and competency measures.

Program Goals

The primary goal of the Medical Sonography Program is to provide a high quality education in both the didactic and clinical areas with the goal of providing students with a high level of technical competency as well as adequate interpersonal skills. This is achieved through an Associate Degree Program.

Program Outcomes

  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Registry Exam Passrate: 100%
  • OB/GYN Registry Exam Passrate: 75%
  • Abdominal Sonography Specialty Exam Passrate: 100%

Statistics

  • Number of Students Accepted into the A.A.S. Medical Sonography Degree Program: 8

Job Placement

Graduates from this program may find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, mobile units, educational institutions, sales and applications.

Job Outlook

Currently our employment rate for graduates is 100%. Our graduates obtain Full-time, Part-time, and PRN (fill-in) positions at local hospitals and clinics. There are also a large number of excellent job opportunities available for graduates who are willing to relocate to other cities and states. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm “Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists is projected to grow 39 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

Facilities

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, High Point Regional Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, Northern Hospital of Surry County, Morehead Memorial Hospital (Eden), Rowan Regional Hospital (Salisbury), Northeast Medical Center (Concord), Forsyth Imaging Centers, Piedmont Imaging, Cornerstone Imaging Centers (High Point), Hugh Chatham Hospital, Alamance Regional Medical Center, and Lexington Memorial Hospital

Schedule (Subject to change)

This schedule includes program courses only, if general education requirements have not been met, these classes should be added to the schedule.

Fall-1st year Spring-1st year Summer-1st year Fall-2nd year Spring-2nd year
1st 8 week 2nd 8 week Monday: Class 8-2 Monday: Class 8-1 Monday: Clinical 8-4:30 Monday: Clinical 8-4:30
8-11am Scan labs either M,W or F 8-11am Scan labs either M,W or F
Tuesday 8am-2pm Class Tuesday Clinicals 8-2 or practics labs 8-12 Tuesday: Clinicals 8-4:30 Tuesday: Class 10-5 Tuesday: Class 10-12 Lab times will vary Tuesday: Class 8-3
Wednesday 11am-1pm Class Wednesday 11am-1pm Class Wednesday: Class 11-12 Wednesday: Clinical 8-4:30 Wednesday: Clinical 8-4:30 Wednesday: Clinical 8-4:30
Thursday Practice labs scheduled 8-12 or 12-4 Thursday Clinicals 8-2 or practice labs 8-12 Thursday: Clinical 8-4:30 Thrusday: Clinical 8-4:30 Thursday: Class 9-3 Off
Friday: Clinical 8-4:30 Friday: Clinical 8-4:30 Friday: Clinical 8-4:30 Friday: Clinical 8-4:30
Schedule is determined by instructor and attendance is required not optional

FAQs

  • How long is the waiting list for the medical sonography program?

    There is no waiting list for our programs. Applicants are chosen by a selective entry process, which is based on a point system. The applicants with the highest number of selective entry points will be selected into the program. This process is renewed every year. This means that all applicants must compete again with selective entry points.

  • What courses are required prior to entry into the program?

    See the admissions requirements MAR packet.

  • Why do the requirements for entry into the program change from one year to the next?

    In order to maintain our accreditation with CAAHEP, we must remain in compliance with their standards. These standards change as we continually seek to provide the highest quality of education possible. Whenever CAAHEP changes a standard the college must make changes in their programs in order to maintain accreditation. Sometimes this requires us to add a new course to the curriculum and sometimes it requires us to either change or drop other courses. In some cases it requires us to revise the requirements for entry into a program. The program must also comply with standards set forth by the State of North Carolina.

  • Do I need to get certified in CPR prior to acceptance into the program?

    No. Only those applicants who are initially accepted into the program are required to get CPR certification.

  • Once accepted into the program, what type of CPR will I need to get?

    You will need to get certified in Basic CPR at the healthcare provider level.

  • I have taken all of the related general education courses in the curriculum. Is there anything else that I can do to increase my chances of being accepted into the program?

    See the admissions requirements MAR packet for all sources of selective entry points. It includes additional methods of obtaining points.

  • If I have transfer credits for the required Math and English courses do I still have to take the placement exams?

    No. If you have college transfer credits for the English and math courses then you do not have to take the placement exams. Only the applicants who do not have transfer credits for these courses are required to take the placement exams.

  • I need to know if the college will accept transfer credit for a course that I took at another college. Who can I contact regarding transfer credits?

    Please call the records office at 336.734.7474 and speak with the college transfer technician regarding questions about transfer credits.

  • Do the programs only start in the fall?

    Yes, all of the sonography programs at Forsyth Tech begin Fall semester each year.  The medical sonography program is a daytime only program.

  • When are applications due?

    The end of March is the deadline to have the application along with all necessary documentation.  Check with the admissions department for the exact date.  Applications that are not completed and/or lack transcripts or any other required documentation will not be considered for the upcoming fall semester. So be sure to get everything completed and turned prior to the March deadline.

  • I have applied to the college. Is there a separate application process for the sonography programs?

    The applicant needs only to complete one application per year.  Only one major may be declared at a time.  If a student desires to change majors (or programs) then a new application should be completed.  Applications should be updated annually in order to be considered for the program.  Students applying to the sonography programs will first be accepted as a pre-medical sonography student.  The student may then begin taking classes to earn points to be selected into the sonography program.

  • How many students are ranked by admissions each year?

    Approximately 50

  • How many students are taken into the programs each fall?

    Eight

  • Why can’t more students be taken into the program? With the number of applicants for the program it seems like the college should take in more students?

    Medical Sonography is a unique learning experience that requires one-on-one instructor training with the students. With the current number of faculty and the time needed with each student we cannot accept any more students. We can only have one student at most of our clinical sites due to our accreditation requirements and we have a limited number of clinical sites. We have clinical sites spread out over five counties now, extending as far as Concord and Eden, NC . Only facilities that meet the standards of our accrediting body may be used as clinical sites for our program.

    Each modality has its unique limitations. Sonograms can take up to an hour to perform with a student whereas most x-rays and some CT scans may take only 10-15 minutes to perform. There is also a higher volume of patients in x-ray and CT, which is accommodating for larger classes of students. Patient loads in Ultrasound are much lower because they take much more time to perform. This limits the number of potential patients that students can scan in a typical day and thus limits the number of students that we can send to each clinical site.

  • What are the prerequisites for applying for the program(s)?

    Prior to acceptance

    • See the admissions requirements MAR packet for details.

    After Acceptance

    • CPR Certification at the healthcare provider level.
    • Completion of Medical form including required vaccinations.
    • Proof of successful completion of a CNA1 course or licensure
  • When I am accepted into the program, will I get to choose the hospitals where I wish to do my clinical rotations?

    No. The sonography program must provide an equitable clinical experience for all of its students. Some hospitals provide exposure to exams that others do not, so we must rotate students to various sites in order to ensure that all students get a well-rounded clinical training experience. This will require driving to long distance sites during some semesters. We currently use sites in five different counties, so students entering this program will need good, dependable transportation. The college does not provide transportation to or from clinical sites. We cannot take requests from students regarding preferences for clinical site rotations. We must operate strictly according to accreditation guidelines and this requires us to send students through a carefully planned out, pre-designated rotation.

  • What is the Salary Range for Sonographers?

    The approximate average starting salary is $44,000 – $48,000 annually with a national average of approximately $52,490 (see article link) http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/Careers/05/04/cb.associates/

    According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:In May 2012, the median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $65,860.

    For information on careers and current salaries in the medical sonography profession, visit the following link:  https://forsythtech.emsicareercoach.com/

Staff Directory

  • Position Vacant Director of Imaging
  • Joan Whittington Staff Assistant
  • John B. Cassell, BS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT Program Coordinator
  • Tonya Howell, BS, RT(R), RDMS Clinical Education Coordinator and OB.GYN Concentration Coordinator