Compassionate care, inspired healing.

Those in healthcare are inspired to give of themselves to help and heal others, as well as a passion for lifelong learning. For you, that’s through providing one-on-one care to a variety of people and earning a quality degree, especially in diagnostic medical sonography. At Marian, our diagnostic medical sonography program is centered on both areas, allowing you the opportunity to become an expert in the healthcare field while healing your patients.

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The Program

Sonography, a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow, is a growing field of medicine. Marian’s diagnostic medical sonography program features a specialized four-year curriculum, where the first two years focus on Marian’s core liberal arts courses and preparatory coursework, followed by two years of theory and clinical experiences at an accredited diagnostic medical sonography affiliate site.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including School of Nursing and Health Professions course requirements (48–51 credits):

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150.)

Prerequisites:

CHE 001 Preparatory Chemistry, or high school chemistry; MAT 001 Basic Algebra, or appropriate math placement test score

An introductory course for non-science majors. This course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life with special focus to biological and medical applications. With laboratory.

Prerequisites:

A course designed specifically for those concerned with ethical problems facing medical professional and generally for anyone with an interest in the relation of ethics to bio-medical issues. The course examines the nature of ethics and morality, the variety of ethical theories and normative ethical principles, and the practice of applying such concepts to specific cases and issues within the bio-medical sciences. Topics covered include issues in the professional-patient relationship, termination of life, reproductive rights and technologies, and allocation and public policy.

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

OR

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

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This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity generally. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

A review of fundamental concepts of algebra, including systems of equations, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions. An introduction to trigonometry, including triangle and unit circle approaches. Emphasis will be on applications of algebra and trigonometry. (NOTE: MAT 112 may not be taken for credit, upon completion of MAT 114.)

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A study of topics that include: set theory, relations, functions, analytic geometry, synthetic division, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, and graphing techniques. . (NOTE: MAT 114 may not be taken for credit, upon completion of MAT 112.)

OR

Prerequisites:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

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A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

17 credits:

Prerequisites:

A systemic structure/function approach to the study of the human body that provides the background required for further study in applied physiology. Anatomy and physiology of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, and urinary systems will be studied. The laboratory parallels and reinforces lecture concepts through the use of models, histological studies, physiological exercises, and dissection of biological samples. This is a hybrid class; most lectures will be online. The face-to-face portion will include laboratory exercises, lecture review, case studies, and assessments.

Provides information about common medical terms, definition and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

This course focuses on core concepts, skills, and tools that define the health care informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality and foster consumer centered care and efficiency.

The student reviews concepts of anatomy and physiology, acquires knowledge about the pathophysiology of disease processes affecting the person across the life span. The student utilizes the processes of critical thinking and decision making within the evolving professional nurse role by exploring concepts and alterations of immunity, inflammation, infection, cellular proliferation, hormonal, musculoskeletal, renal, neurological, respiratory, hematological, and cardiovascular systems and functions of the person across the life span.

Prerequisites:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, MAT 114 Algebra and Trigonometry, with a grade of C or better, or appropriate math placement test score

A one-semester lecture and laboratory physics course. Topics addressed include the fundamentals of kinematics, dynamics, statics, oscillation, electromagnetism, and optics.

60 credits:
Two years in a diagnostic medical sonography program from an accredited school of diagnostic medical sonography affiliated with Marian University.

During the clinical program, students register for courses to maintain continuous enrollment at Marian University and to indicate their progress in their off-campus training, beginning with their entrance into an accredited School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Course numbers and sequence vary by clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or
of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade
of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs develops and maintains the standards used by Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. Program information is available here.

Marian’s diagnostic medical sonography program prepares you for a variety of post-baccalaureate options, including working in clinics, hospitals, laboratories, private practice physician offices, public health facilities or other medical settings. With the advancement of medical technology and an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging, employment in sonography is expected to grow faster than other medical occupations.

Each Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Affiliate must maintain program effectiveness data. For more information, visit our clinical affiliates:

Aurora St. Luke’s

UW Health

Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
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Chicago, IL 60601

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Marian University is known for its quality reputation of educating leaders in the healthcare field for more than 100 years. With a solid background in sonography and an emphasis on providing quality care and compassion to patients, you’ll find Marian’s program aims to help you become a leader in the healthcare field.

Upon completion of (or enrollment in) all prerequisite coursework, students are eligible for application to the clinical training component of the program. These programs offer a 24-month, full-time, hospital-based educational experience that prepares students for a career in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Students must apply for acceptance during the Fall of the Sophomore year by working with the Academic Advisor for Health Professions. Upon acceptance, students register for Marian University courses that indicate the classroom and clinical education they receive while enrolled in the program. Students must apply at one of the University’s approved affiliate partners.

Faculty for Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are a part of their respective clinical programs. For more information, visit our clinical affiliates:

Aurora St. Luke’s

UW Health

As part of the diagnostic medical sonography program, you will gain a valuable foundation of knowledge and become highly skilled in providing patient services using diagnostic imaging. You will be prepared for actual work situations and responsibilities through intensive hands-on experience in clinical courses at an affiliate site, including Marian’s current clinical affiliates at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics program (Madison, Wis.) and Aurora St. Luke’s (Milwaukee, Wis.).

If you have any questions regarding the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, please contact the Academic Advisor for Health Professions at (920) 923-8526.

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