School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Information

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program was established in 2003 as a hospital-based sonography program. The School has multiple clinical sites providing a wide range of professional experiences to the students. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are educated to use ultrasound equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Sonographers may specialize in neurosonography (the brain), vascular sonography, echocardiography (the heart), abdominal (the liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas), obstetrics/gynecology, and ophthalmology (the eye). Additional education in some specialized areas may be required upon completion of the program.
 
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 28-month Associate in Science Degree program. Graduates earn a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools and an Associate in Science Degree from Union College. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the national examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
 
General education courses are taken at Union College - Cranford, Elizabeth or Plainfield campuses. The sonography technology courses are taught at JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools' campus and various other clinical sites and affiliations.
 
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and is approved for Veteran Training.
 
Enrollment into the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Radiography and Union College is done through JFK University Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools. There is no need to enroll with each school.

Admissions and Curriculum Information

For admission to the School of Sonography, there are GPA and TEAS specific Requirements for the School of Medical Imaging - Sonography which must be met along with other related science courses. Learn more on our detailed admissions page.

In support of the Mission Statement of the School and the Medical Center, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program goals will be to:

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains [DMS – General Concentration].
  • Enroll qualified students who will benefit from the course of study and graduate within the prescribed time frame at a rate consistent with the program mission and expected outcomes.
  • Enable student to develop the appropriate communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills of a healthcare provider.
  • Enable students to pursue professional and academic excellence throughout their careers as healthcare providers.
  • Enable students to demonstrate the professional and ethical behaviors that are outlined in the Professional Code of Ethics published by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Graduates of the JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to apply for and to sit for the certification examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Mission

JFK University Medical Center is committed to excellence in providing quality and compassionate healthcare services to its diverse communities.

Vision

At JFK University Medical Center, we recognize the value of every person and are guided by our commitment to excellence and leadership. We demonstrate this by providing exemplary physical, emotional and spiritual care for each of our patients and their families; by balancing a commitment to caring for those most in need with the provision of highly specialized services to a broader community; and, by fostering a work environment where each person is valued, respected and has an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Philosophy

The philosophy of JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Medical Imaging is derived from, and is in accord with, the central purpose and philosophy of JFK University Medical Center of which it is a part.

The Faculty of JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Medical Imaging believe that:

Man* is a complex rational being capable of self-determination. Interacting with his environment, Man uses his intellect to engage in self-care requisites. Subsumed in Man’s freedom of choice is that he is responsible and accountable for his actions.

Health is a dynamic state of well-being encompassing both structural and functional wholeness. It is sustained by self-care activities that are learned and reinforced by values, beliefs and habits. The faculty believes that the pursuit of health is a basic right of all individuals.

Medical Imaging is the use of high-energy modalities (e.g. X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, tomography) in order to allow visualization of body tissues. It is a very important service in the healthcare industry today in order to give the highest level of care to the ailing population. It is accomplished by the Doctors and the Technologists who use the evidence based practice with the extensive knowledge of anatomy and pathology that they have acquired in academia. It requires a good understanding of human anatomy and physiology. During the process we make sure they also understand the limitations of the use of the imaging techniques and other modalities when required to help in the diagnosis since it is key to management and alleviation of the patient’s symptoms to the patient. All of the imaging modalities are interdependent.

Education for professional Medical Imaging prepares individuals from various types of educational programs to sit for a common licensing examination. The Faculty believes that one means of preparation as a medical imaging professional is through diploma education. Accordingly, the faculty embraces the belief that the graduate of this program is prepared for entry into practice to function as a generalist in organized medical imaging services where the roles are well defined.

Teaching-learning is an interactional, ongoing process in which a person integrates new and previously held knowledge and beliefs to form new insights and ideas. Learning is a self directed activity with the faculty functioning as facilitators of learning creating an environment which promotes self discovery, creativity, problem solving, and beginning critical thinking skills. As a result of the teaching-learning process, the learner demonstrates growth and/or a change in behavior.

It is the responsibility of the School to provide an environment in which the student can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a beginning practitioner, and it is the responsibility of the School to socialize the student into nursing and foster accountability in the individual.

Society is a complex social system created by Man for nurturing, education, protection and welfare. It is the responsibility of the School, its faculty, students and graduates to be aware of the multicultural diversity of the community, to be responsive to its health needs and to strive to interact with members of the community in order to meet these needs to the fullest extent possible.

Within the profession of Imaging, opportunities must be actively fostered to provide educational opportunities for individuals who wish to change goals and advance from one level of Imaging practice to another.

Grading System Medical Imaging:

Success Criteria:

 A = 90 - 100
 B+ = 86 - 89
 B = 80 - 85
 C+ = 76 - 79
 C = 70 - 75
 D+ = 66 - 69
 D = 60 - 65
 F = below 60
 I = Incomplete

Please Note: A letter grade of “C+” (76) or better is considered to be a passing grade for the course.

 

Graduation Requirements Medical Imaging:

All courses required for graduation must be successfully completed before licensing eligibility is certified. It is the sole responsibility of the student to track their course completion to ensure that ALL required courses for the respective program are completed prior to graduation eligibility. Neither the administration, registrar, faculty or staff will accept responsibility for missing courses.

 
Students are graduated when all course work is satisfactorily completed and financial obligations met. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above for all general education and science courses is required for graduation. Students must obtain a 2.5 (C+) or above in all professional courses.
 
All school property including ID badge, monitoring devices, keys, books and any other borrowed items must be returned to the school as verified via the routing form provided by the programs. All students must pay all financial obligations and complete all course requirements in order to participate in convocation.
 
Transcripts and diplomas will be held until such time as all of the above obligations have been met. Union College will be notified to also hold all transcripts and degrees until the graduation requirements are completed.
 
Students in all programs will not be endorsed for National Registry examinations until all courses (Professional and GenEd courses) and clinical requirements are completed and passed with a 76 C+ or better. Updated 08/04/2015, reviewed 7/11/2016.
 
All graduating JFK Muhlenberg Snyder schools of Medical Imaging students are eligible to participate in the Union College graduation ceremonies. The convocation will be held by JFK Muhlenberg Snyder school. Students must have completed all courses in the program to be eligible to participate in the convocation ceremony. All graduating students are expected to attend. All students must pay all financial obligations. Revised 7/2016

The Clinical Education Assignment:

The program Clinical Coordinator or designee assigns students to specific clinical areas. These assignments provide students with the volume and variety of clinical experiences to progress successfully through the program. The clinical education assignments are equally distributed among enrolled students. The clinical education settings of the program include:

List of Clinical Sites:

Bayshore Medical Center
727 North Beers Street
Holmdel, NJ 07733818

Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

RWJUH at Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690

CentraState Medical Center
901 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Mountainside Medical Center
1 Bay Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

RWJUH at Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065

Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109

Ocean University Medical Center
425 Jack Martin Boulevard
Brick, NJ 08724

St. Joseph's University Medical Center
703 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07503

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07753

Palisades Medical Center – MFM
7600 River Road
North Bergen, NJ 07047

RWJUH at Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876

Jersey Shore University Medical Center - MFM
1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07753

Perinatal Institute of NJ
2201 Park Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

RWJUH at Somerset
Steeple Chase Cancer Center
30 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876

JFK University Medical Center
65 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820

Riverview Medical Center
1 River Plaza
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Trinitas Regional Medical Center
225 Williamson Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207

JFK University Medical Center - Vascular Lab
65 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820

Riverview Medical Center - MFM
1 River Plaza
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Vascular
225 Williamson Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207

UMCPP Breast Health
300 B Princeton-Hightstown Road
East Windsor Medical Commons 2
East Windsor, NJ 08520

Clinical Education Assignment Hours:

The usual clinical education assignment hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adequate supervision will be provided for all clinical assignments. Total clinical and classroom hours do not exceed 40 hours per week. Assignments on any one-day are not scheduled to exceed 9.0 hours, but no student will be permitted to leave a patient during the course of an examination. The student is required to complete any examination s/he begins, which includes getting images checked for necessary repeats or additional images and seeing that the patient is dismissed from the department.

Fees for clinical will be included each semester in your tuition.

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