Oregon Tech Offers
- Full time clinical externship during the student's senior year.
- Extensive on-campus, in-lab scanning utilizing leading-edge technology.
- Engaged faculty involved in student’s hands-on imaging/learning opportunities during on-campus courses.
- Professionalism within practice is embedded into coursework so graduates are better prepared to be successful healthcare professionals.
The Diagnostic Medical Imaging (DMS) program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs www.caahep.org.
Oregon Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Oregon Tech graduates have a high pass rate board certification American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) board exams. Additionally, the Diagnostic Medical Imaging (DMS) program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs http://www.ardms.org/
Physical Demands of a Sonographer
Sonographers typically work in healthcare facilities that are clean. They usually work at diagnostic imaging machines in darkened rooms, but they also may perform procedures at patients' bedsides. Sonographers may be on their feet for long periods of time and may have to lift or turn disabled patients.
Some sonographers work as contract employees and may travel to several healthcare facilities in an area. Similarly, some sonographers work with mobile imaging service providers and travel to patients and use mobile diagnostic imaging equipment to provide service in areas that otherwise would not have access to such services.
Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week. Some sonographers work overtime. Also, sonographers may have evening and weekend hours when they are on call and must be ready to report to work on short notice (Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2010).
- Sitting < 2 hrs/day
- Standing 80%
- Walking 4-6 hours/day
- Reaching frequently
- Moderate amount of stooping
- Moderate amount of crouching
- Manual dexterity
- Grasping ability
- Pushing ability
- Visual ability: including ability to view images in dimmed light and ability to see color
- Hearing ability: subtle voices and in stereo
- Clear dictation and speech
- Ability to work long and irregular hours
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a degree within the Medical Imaging Technology (MIT) department. Each degree under MIT requires prerequisite courses before admittance into the degree program. During this time, students are listed as Pre-Medical Imaging Technology (Pre-MIT) students. Admittance to the Oregon Tech Pre-MIT Program does not mean the student has been accepted into a specific MIT program. After the prerequisites are finished, students can apply for the program.
Survey of sonographic musculoskeletal imaging with emphasis on normal and abnormal findings.
Survey of fetal echocardiographic imaging applications with emphasis on parasternal, apical, subcostal and suprasternal 2-D views.
Neonatal topics include hip, abdominal and neurological sonographic applications. General sonographic pediatric pathologies and anomalies will be discussed.