What to Expect
Students receive theoretical and clinical training in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. A number of course hours are completed off campus and may involve working evenings and weekends. In addition to the more traditional lecture and laboratory settings, students also gain clinical experience in a variety of locations both on and off campus. Selected seminars and labs may be scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was profiled in Project President, where NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham was given and learned to perform a cardiac ultrasound. See the full story and photo gallery.
Classroom & Study Hours
NAIT recognizes that the amount of effort required by an average student to be successful in full time study is approximately 50 hours per week of in-class and out-of-class student learning activity. Based on this premise, in-class student learning activity will be no greater than 27 hours per week. In-class student learning is facilitated by faculty whereas out-of-class student learning is assigned learning to be completed without direct supervision by faculty.
40 hours per week during clinical practicums.
Student in the diagnostic imaging programs train on industry-standard equipment – in many cases using the same technology they will use in their practicums.
- See video of our state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment
- See our Diagnostic imaging photo gallery
Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program work in labs equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, including:
- 2D ultrasound systems with Doppler
- 3D/4D ultrasound systems
- dedicated echocardiography scanning systems
- portable point of care (emergency response) systems
- physiological peripheral arterial testing systems
- simulators that can be programmed to display normal or abnormal cases for abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology,and cardiac
- picture archiving computer systems
Is This Program For You?
Applicants to this program should enjoy working with people, possess compassion in patient-care-related skills and be well-organized and able to work effectively as a team member. Prospective students should also be able to maintain a positive attitude while working under pressure and enjoy:
- operating equipment
- observing patients to ensure their safety and comfort
- compiling information.
They should also have:
- good upper body and shoulder strength
- the stamina required to spend hours on their feet
- good communication skills
- good observation skills
- the ability to visualize in three dimensions
- the ability to pay close attention to detail
- the ability to handle unpleasant situations
Sonographers often work with anxious patients. They must therefore be able to maintain a positive attitude while working under pressure.
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