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Effective: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: AHS 200 or equivalent.
Corequisites: Corequisites: DMS 50A, 60A and 72A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Apply patient confidentiality/privacy as defined by HIPAA.
  • Demonstrate ethical &professional demeanor as outlined in the SDMS Code of Conduct.
Description -
Defines the student sonographer's role on the medical team. It prepares the student to enter the clinical environment including instruction in sonographer safety and ergonomics. Legal, ethical, legislative and regulatory issues including scope of practice and standards. Patient care techniques, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Interacting with cultural, age, and the special needs populations. Professionalism, competency-based education and leadership. Intended for students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recite the historical role of the sonographer & role of certifying / accrediting organization.
  2. recite workplace safety issues and prevention of injury.
  3. define the specifics of patient rights including legal concepts.
  4. apply fundamental skills, clinical assessments and diagnostic interpretation.
  5. define communication triads.
  6. cite relevant examples of an ethical practice and professionalism.
  7. define ethical and professional values related to sonography and medicine and its impact on patient/workers from various cultures, ages, and special needs populations.
  8. perform and explain patient transfer techniques, vital signs
  9. describe infection control techniques
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
DVD/TV-monitor, view boxes, internet access, medical sonography equipment.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to & History of Medical Sonography
    1. Sonographer Development
    2. Qualities
    3. Professional Organizations/Accrediting Agencies
    4. The Sonographer as a Student
    5. Classroom to Clinical Experience
    6. The successful clinical rotations
  2. Safety Issues
    1. MSI's
    2. Ergonomics
  3. Define the specifics of patient rights including legal concepts.
    1. Governmental Regulations
    2. Forms of law
    3. malpractice
    4. serving as the witness
  4. Patient-Sonographer Interaction: Medical Techniques & Patient Care
    1. Patient Rights
    2. Patient Care & comfort
    3. Taking vital signs
    4. Technique, positioning, routine duties
    5. Transfer of patient from wheelchair, gurney, locks, lifting methods, while adhering to patient safety
    6. Infection control and standard precautions while adhering to Universal Precautions, asepsis both medical and surgical techniques
    7. Proper ability to work with IV's, catheters, sterile fields, while following procedures and protocols
    8. Identify life threatening situations and implement emergency care
  5. Communication & Critical Thinking Skills
    1. Patient's with special problems
    2. Professional communication
    3. The grieving process
    4. Provide for psychological support and anticipate the needs of the patient
    5. Respond to parental need
  6. Diversity & Age
    1. Ethical & legal considerations
    2. Professionalism
  7. Institutional, Non institutional Settings & Strategies
  8. Professional Development & Leadership
  9. Patient Care Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Oral and practical, role playing
  2. Demonstration of mastery of material by written quizzes and final exam.
  3. Online participation with assignments.
  4. Skills testing
Representative Text(s) -
Craig, Marveen, Essentails of Sonography and Patient Care, 3rd ed., St. Louis: Saunders/Elsevier, 2013.

Disciplines -
Diagnostic Medical Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Electronic discussions/chat, Demonstration, Online.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly reading assignments from the text.