Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 5/7/09;12/10/09;11/16/13

1. Description -
Interpretation and critique of normal and abnormal anatomy with correlation of didactic, clinical and image information. Emphasis on communication skills via written and oral case presentations and critiques. Intended for students in the diagnostic medical sonography program.
Prerequisites: BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C.
Corequisites: DMS 50A, 50B and 72A.
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate listening, writing, and speaking communication skills through performance including sonographic nomenclature.
  2. define ethical and professional values related to sonography and medicine and its impact on patient/workers from various cultures, gender, and age populations
  3. define the data found on the ultrasound examinations including artifacts.
  4. prepare and present a case study using the criteria provided to conform to quality case studies.
  5. describe the sonographic features of the topics covered
  6. recite the abnormal lab values, clinical symptoms and history for the stated examination
  7. demonstrate and select the appropriate image for quality and accuracy
  8. recognize abnormal from normal anatomy including the vasculature and primary pathology
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV, internet access, computer, monitor, viewboxes.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Communication characteristics for listening, verbal, and written skills.
    1. listen to patients history and write findings using medical nomenclature
    2. interview patients and prepare written reports
  2. Communication using profession specific nomenclature.
    1. Applying described techniques to patients from diverse cultural, emotional, and socioeconomic status with sensitivity to their rights and comforts.
  3. Image Quality Recognition for interpretation, presentation, and technical quality.
    1. assessing and obtaining pertinent clinical information.
    2. components of the clinical report
    3. assessing relevant from non relevant data
    4. produce quality studies for the physician to interpret
    5. contrast diagnostic quality of examinations from suboptimal studies
    6. artifacts - determine useful artifacts from other types of artifacts
  4. components of a Case review and presentation including research.
    1. internet research to develop the Case Review and presentation
    2. internet research for the differential diagnosis
  5. correlates clinical history, symptoms, laboratory finding, image acquisition, quality control, sonographic norms and basic abnormal's for
    1. abdominal structures
    2. gynecology
    3. obstetrics
    4. vascular
    5. superficial structures
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes
  2. Case presentations
  3. Case reports
  4. Comprehensive final exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Curry, R., Tempkin, B, Sonography Introduction to Normal Structure and Function, 3rd ed.,Phil: Elsevier Publishing, 2011.
Curry, R., Tempkin, B, Sonography Introduction to Normal Structure and Function: Workbook, 3rd ed.,Phil: Elsevier Publishing, 2011.

8. Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Clinical Lab.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written quizzes, comprehensive final exam.
  2. Written case reports.
  3. Case presentations.
  4. Case analysis.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-14 15:27:04

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines