St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Medical Imaging/Marshall University/Sonogaphy Program is a cohort-style program awarded a Bachelor’s Degree through Marshall University’s College of Health Professions. This program offers specialty training in the areas of echocardiography, vascular technology, abdominal and obstetrical/gynecological sonography utilizing lecture courses, scan labs and clinical scanning experiences. The diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled person qualified academically and clinically to perform ultrasound exams while working closely with a qualified physician. Sonography is a diagnostic procedure that uses state-of-the-art equipment which produces high frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the human body including but not limited to areas of the abdomen, heart, blood vessels, and fetus which aids in the diagnosis of disease.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers’ (ARDMS) national certifying examinations in the areas of sonographic physics and instrumentation, abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, adult echocardiography, and vascular technology dependent upon which specialty track the student selects. The program prepares graduates who seek employment in hospitals, imaging centers, and physicians’ offices as entry level diagnostic medical sonographers.