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General Sonography Option

Associate in Science -  Medical Imaging Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Anatomy/Physiology I/Lab BIO203 4 BIO105 or BIO108 or BIO195
College Algebra MAT193, MAT194 or any 3 credit college algebra 3-4 MAT097, MAT099 or placement
Imaging Technology I or General Physics/Lab MIG111-see note* or PHY201-see note* 3 or 4 Prerequisite for MIG111: MAT097 or placement; prerequisite for PHY201: MAT197 or placement
Patient Care in Medical Imaging MIG109 Fall 4 co-req MIG101
Introduction to Ultrasound MIG101 Fall 2 acceptance to General Sonography Program
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation MIG105 Fall 3
Cross Sectional Anatomy SON113 Fall 4 co-req BIO204
Anatomy/Physiology II/Lab BIO204 Fall 4 BIO203
Abdominal Ultrasound SON115 Spring 3 SON113 and co-req SON121
Applications/Concepts CIT110 Spring 3 ESL098 and RDG095 or placement
Ultrasound Scanning Protocols and Pathology SON117 Spring 4 SON113 and co-req SON121
Subspeciality Sonography and Neurosonography SON119 Spring 3 SON113 and co-req SON121
General Sonography Clinical I SON121 Spring 3 SON113 and co-reqs SON115 and SON117
Vascular Ultrasound MIG205 Summer I 3 co-req SON123
General Sonography Clinical II SON123 Summer 3 SON121 and co-req MIG205
College Writing II ENG112 Fall 3 ENG111
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation for the General Sonographer SON213 Fall 2 MIG105 and co-req SON223
Advanced General Sonography Seminar I SON215 Fall 2 SON115 and co-req SON223
Obstetrical/Gynecological SON219 Fall 3 SON123 and co-req SON223
General Sonography Clinical III SON223 Fall 3 SON123 and co-req SON219, SON213, SON215
Principles of Sociology SOC101 Spring 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Advanced General Sonography Seminar II SON217 Spring 2 SON215 and co-req SON225
Obstetrical/Gynecological Sonography II SON221 Spring 3 SON219 and co-req SON225
General Sonography Clinical IV SON225 Spring 3 SON223 and co-reqs SON217 and SON221
General Sonography Clinical V SON227 Summer 3 SON225
Total Credits 69-70
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Medical Imaging

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: Imaging Technology I (MIG111 web-based) or General Physics I/Lab (PHY201) must be completed, with a grade of C or better, in the summer prior to the start of the program.

Option Overview

This program prepares students to pursue careers and registry status in diagnostic medical sonography through comprehensive instruction and clinical experience. The program covers ultrasound physics, abdominal sonography, obstetrical and gynecological sonography, sonographic subspecialties, and cross-sectional anatomy.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the General Sonography Option, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this option qualify for employment in hospitals, HMOs, clinics, doctors’ offices, mobile units, community health agencies, equipment/film companies, and/or as application specialist sales representatives.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize and identify the sonographic appearance of normal anatomic structures and Doppler flow patterns.
  • Utilize ultrasound equipment to obtain an image and provide physicians with diagnostic information for treatment.
  • Understand the role of ultrasound in patient management and discuss the biologic effects of ultrasound.
  • Apply to take the national registry exam (ARDMS).