|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.