Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Program Information

Field of Study:Diag. Med. Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Description:Ultrasound, or diagnostic medical sonography, is a technology involving the application of high-frequency sound waves toward patients to help physicians in medical diagnoses. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work as members of patient care teams, assessing patients and providing information to physicians for diagnoses and monitoring patients’ health status. This is a specialized vocation requiring a high-degree of technical skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. This program teaches key aspects of ultrasound technology including obstetrics and gynecology, the cardiac and vascular systems and the abdomen and superficial structures. Studies also include patient care, physics, anatomy and physiology, equipment instrumentation, quality control and performance of diagnostic scanning procedures.

The program is 26 months with theory and lab courses onsite at SAIT or online. Clinical practica sites are currently located in Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Ottawa, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria and Penticton. Practicum locations are constantly changing. All students can expect to be placed outside of Calgary (including out of province) for a minimum of two 8 to 12 week rotations. Students are expected to return to SAIT campus for classes in the second and third year of the program. These on-campus classes will provide an opportunity to integrate theory with the hands-on skills learned during practica.
URL:Diagnostic Medical Sonography at SAIT
Length:26 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,066
Careers:Ultrasound Technologists (Medical Sonographers)

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*60

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Pure Mathematics  or  Grade12 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Physics 
  •  Grade12 Biology 

Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with at least 60% in each of the following courses or their equivalents: English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Physics 30, Chemistry 20 and Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 05, 2018