Associate Degree of Applied Science
What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, often called Ultrasound, uses high-frequency waves to generate images of different organs and blood vessels inside the body. As an imaging process, ultrasound has a very specific use by providing information that x-ray or other radiologic methods cannot.
What does a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer do?
The Cardiovascular Sonography program offered at MedQuest College provides our students with the option to pursue an Associate Degree in Cardiac Sonography or Vascular Sonography. Cardiac Sonography is ultrasound used to produce images of the anatomy of a patient’s heart chambers, walls, valves and blood vessels. Vascular Sonography is ultrasound used to produce images of the patient’s veins and arteries. Images provided by the sonographer are used by the physician to diagnose and treat various conditions.
Responsibilities that our graduates are able to perform when they begin their new career as a Cardiac Sonographer
• Produce real-time images of cardiac structures to assist the physician in diagnosing cardiovascular disease
• Evaluating cardiac abnormalities and associated complications
• Tracking and evaluating chronic heart conditions
• Evaluating narrowed or leaking heart valves
• Looking for causes of murmurs, chest pain or shortness or breath
Responsibilities that our graduates are able to perform when they begin their new career as a Vascular Sonographer
• Monitoring blood flow
• Identifying blockages
• Locating blood clots, tumors aneurysms and other blood vessel abnormalities
• Determining if angioplasty is a viable treatment option
• Assessing outcome of a bypass or graft of blood vessels
Where do Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work?
Cardiovascular Sonographers, also known as Ultrasound Technicians perform ultrasound in a variety of settings, working with patients of all ages, who range from healthy to critically ill, both in and out of the hospital. We prepare our students to work with all types of patients in facilities ranging from large hospitals to small outpatient clinics.
• Physician Offices
• Diagnostic Laboratories
• Outpatient Clinics
• Mobile Ultrasound Companies
MedQuest Ultrasound students share their experience in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
Externship and Career Services at MedQuest College
Prior to graduation, students are required to complete an externship under the guidance of area experts. During this externship, students will refine the skills learned on campus as well as input actual claims.
Our Career Services Director provides assistance to graduating students and alumni that include instruction in resume writing, preparation of cover letters, interviewing techniques and networking skills. The college provides job placement assistance for its graduates. Alumni in good standing may continue to use any and all placement resources indefinitely at no charge.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVEThe Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate’s Degree of Applied Science program is designed to prepare competent entry-level echocardiography sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains. Through this program, MedQuest College seeks to graduate competent Sonographers in the Echocardiography modality that are qualified to perform a variety of standard and specialized diagnostic procedures. Upon completion of the program and meeting all of the course requirements, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be prepared and eligible to submit their Degree and transcript to apply to take the primary pathway certification and registry through The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Upon successful completion of the national examination, students will obtain the credential Registered Cardiac Sonographer with the abbreviation RDC in connection with his/her name.
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MedQuest College has provided high-quality instruction to students in Kentucky and Indiana since 1999. By providing Southern Indiana, Louisville and Lexington Kentucky, and surrounding areas with quality programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, diagnostic medical songoraphy and biomed equipment technician we are able to proudly say that MedQuest College has successfully employed hundreds of graduates in the medical fields. Our campuses are located in Louisville Ky and Lexington KY. We are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a nationally recognized accrediting body.
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