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Providence Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Important Program Notes:
  • Deadline for application is October 1, 2014
  • Sonography program is 24-months in length - starting in early-mid January 2015 and ending in early-mid January 2017 
  • program tuition is $5,000 + $150 lab fee (textbooks not included - $700)
  • Application costs are $50 application fee
  • All qualified candidates will be required to take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude (cost included in application fee) 

The 24-month program includes classroom and clinical instruction in abdominal, OB-GYN, ultrasound physics, superficial anatomy, and vascular ultrasound. Students attend 40 hours weekly (Monday thru Friday) – average of 12-14 hours of classes held weekly with the remainder of time in the ultrasound department focusing on applying theory. Program has main clinical affiliations with St. John Hospital and Providence Park Hospital with all students rotating to clinical sites during the program.

All students must maintain an academic standard of 85% or above for all classes and clinical evaluations throughout the program. Graduates are eligible to complete the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registry examinations for Abdomen, OB-GYN, Vascular Technology, and Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.

Program Goal

The program goal defining minimum expectations is to prepare competent entry level general and vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Mission Statement

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography program administrators, educators, and clinical instructors are dedicated to provide quality didactic and clinical instruction under our accreditation standards and guidelines. To achieve these ends, we commit ourselves to support each student in their pursuit to meet the didactic and clinical competencies according to the goals and objectives of the sonography program.

Contact / Mailing Address for all transcripts and letters

Providence Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Janette Wybo, BAS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
16001 W. Nine Mile
Southfield, MI 48075

Office: (248) 849-5385
Fax: (248) 849-5395
E-mail: janette.wybo@stjohn.org

Accreditation

Providence Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is fully accredited in general and vascular ultrasound by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and JRC-DMS (Joint Review committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Providence Hospital ultrasound department is accredited for general, gynecological, vascular (cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular ultrasound) and breast ultrasound by the ACR (American College of Radiology). The Providence Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Department and St John Perinatal Ultrasound Departments are accredited by the AIUM (American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine) for obstetrical ultrasound exams. St John ultrasound department is accredited for general and 1st trimester ultrasound by the ACR (American College of Radiology).

Providence Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is sponsored by Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.

About the Program

Profession Description – What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A sonographer is a highly skilled Allied Health profession who performs diagnostic medical sonographic procedures utilizing high frequency sound waves. A sonographer is required to operate a variety of complex ultrasound equipment as well as numerous ancillary devices in order to perform a sonographic procedure. The profession of sonographer includes study of the human body in exam of the abdomen, obstetrical and gynecological, adult and pediatric cardiac, vascular technology neurosonography and ophthalmology.

Sonographers are qualified by technological education to provide services to the patient using sound waves under the supervision of a medical physician or doctor of osteopathy. Such sonographic services may be provided by an institution such as a hospital or clinical setting whereby the physician is responsible for the interpretation of the sonographic images. Sonographers work as a team with the physician in collecting data for the purpose of diagnosing disease processes.

Length of Program
24 months - Program begins early/mid January 2015 and ending in early/mid January 2017.

Program Capacity
Maximum of four students are selected each year.

Program hours
40 hours weekly (day shift) Monday thru Friday.

Program Costs
An application fee of $50 is required by the Oct 1st deadline.

Tuition is $5,000 for the 2015-2017 program along with $150 lab fee. Tuition deposit is required upon acceptance into the program.

Students are required to pay for the required program textbooks (~$700) and uniforms.

Program Concentration (didactic and clinical instruction)
ABD, OB-GYN, Vascular, Superficial Parts, Pediatric, Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation as applied to the field of sonography. Students must maintain an 85% or above academic standard for all didactic and clinical evaluations throughout the program to demonstrate competency.

Admission requirements

  • Pre-requisites. All applicants must complete pre-requisites listed in program booklet. Click here to download the 2015-2017 Program Booklet.
  • Required educational background. Must have completed all pre-requisite post secondary courses (accredited by the US Dept of Education and approved for college credits) and be a registered radiologic technologist, registered nurse, registered respiratory therapist, registered occupational or physical therapist, or student graduating from an United States accredited allied health program as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, Registered Nurse, Registered or Certified Respiratory Technologist, Registered or Certified Occupational Therapist or Registered or Certified Physical Therapist; in addition, students from Madonna University Allied Health Pre-Sonography Program.

    -- OR --

    Must have a Bachelor Degree, or equivalency of, with clinical medical experience along with completion of all pre-requisite post secondary courses (please see program booklet for complete details of required coursework).
  • GPA must be 2.8 or higher.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

Application Fee
A $50 application fee is required by the October 1st deadline.

Aptitude Exam
Qualified candidates will be required to take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam. The test is administered during a scheduled time period prior to interviews. Cost for the exam is included in the application fee.

Required Patient Care Experience
Candidates must complete 80 hours of clinical patient care experience either through employment or volunteer hours prior to the application deadline.

Application Process/Fee
Completed applications must be received by October 1, 2014. All candidates must complete the personal interview scheduled by the program in mid/late October.

Upon graduation

Graduates receive a graduation certificate and school pin. Graduates who successfully complete courses are eligible to complete the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registry examination(s) in Abdomen, OB-GYN, Vascular Technology, and Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.

Non-discrimination statement

Qualified applicants are considered for admission to the Providence Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography without regard to race, color, religion, sex, height, weight, national origin, age, sexual preference, arrest record, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify us of any reasonable accommodation necessary to perform the essential duties of the position for which the applicant has applied.