Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences

General Sonography (Ultrasound)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 44% increase in the number of jobs for sonographers by 2020.

Sonography (ultrasound) uses sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. It can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions in the body. It is often associated with imaging during pregnancy. Sonographers provide guidance during fine-needle tissue biopsy and use sophisticated diagnostic ultrasound imaging machines and transducers that use high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of:

  • Abdominal organs (including liver, gallbladder, kidney)
  • Pelvis
  • Obstetrics (pregnancy)
  • Superficial structures (including breast, testis, thyroid)
  • Abdominal blood vessels
Sonographers work directly with healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, performing predominantly noninvasive procedures in small, low-lit rooms. They stand or sit beside the patient, who is on a stretcher, exam table or wheelchair. Sometimes the sonographer will transport a portable ultrasound to a patient's room and perform the test there.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in Sonography as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

General Sonography Concentration within Your Degree

Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department Bachelor Programs. Dual-Concentration students can choose General Sonography in their first year. General Sonography is most often combined with Vascular Sonography and Cardiac Sonography.  

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career.

Goals

Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will:

  • Select appropriate transducers and use appropriate technical settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper patient prep
  • Obtain appropriate images of highest obtainable technical quality
  • Provide safe and quality patient care

Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will:

  • Adjust technical settings as needed based on patient body habitus and/or pathology
  • Change transducers or patient position as needed for exam
  • Critique images for diagnostic quality

Communication Skills

Students will demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication skills with patients and the interprofessional healthcare team.

Professional Development & Growth

Students will:

  • Integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice
  • Function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team
  • Participate in professional growth development

Certification Exams

All BS graduates are eligible to take the associated certification examinations of the organizations that oversee the concentration of study. Students who pass these examinations receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.

Learn about the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Program Effectiveness

Student Retention Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2013 – 2017)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
140 139 99.3%


One year date (reported) 2019

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
28 26 93%

Credential Success Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2013 – 2017)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
488 423 86%


One year date (reported) 2019

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
30 27 90%

Job Placement Rates*

Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2013 – 2017)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
171 151 88.3%


One year date (reported) 2019


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
28 23 82%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected November 2019

Note: Sonography students take multiple specialty exams. The number reflects total exams taken by students. Hence the number of exams taken are higher than the number of students completing the program.

Accreditation

Thomas Jefferson University, General Sonography Program, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

JRCDMS
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043

443-973-3251
jrcdms@intersocietal.org