Sonography

A degree from St. Kate's will give students the best possible professional preparation for a satisfying, rewarding and successful career in sonography. St. Kate's specializes in educating healthcare professionals - we've been leading the way since 1905. St. Kate's has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community as the metro area's leading healthcare educator - and an extensive clinical network where students will gain training in real-world conditions.

Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional using specialized equipment to evaluate and create images of structures within the human body. These images are assessed by a Radiologist (physician) to make a medical diagnosis. Sonographers' work is highly technical and involves a high degree of independence and responsibility, as well as the ability to relate comfortably to patients and to communicate complicated information clearly to physicians.

The sonography program is four years in length.  Students following this track take two years of liberal arts and sciences courses prior to starting the sonography program. St. Catherine University offers a rigorous and comprehensive academic program that can give you credentials and knowledge you can use to work towards becoming a leader in your field.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Sonography and are eligible to take the national registry exams in ultrasound physics, abdominal ultrasound and obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound.

St. Kate's sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).   

Acceptance to Major

Admission to the sonography major is expected to be competitive. Students will be considered for admission in two groups:

1. Students may apply for the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) during their senior year of high school. Students who apply to St. Catherine on or before February 15 of their senior year will be given priority consideration for early admission. Students who apply on or after February 16 will be considered on a space-available basis.

2. Students who meet the minimum criteria below will be considered. First-year, transfer and second major students will be considered in one pool, and admission is contingent upon the number of positions available.

  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses (C or above)
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.25 or above
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above
  • If a prerequisite course grade is C- or lower, this course (or an alternative course approved by the program coordinator) must be repeated no more than once. Students may have only one withdrawal (W) in a prerequisite course.
  • Meet physical requirements

This major is offered in the College for Women only.

Curriculum

Required courses 1
SON 1605Abdomen I4
SON 1610Abdomen I Lab1
SON 1705Reproductive Systems in Sonography4
SON 1710Reproductive Systems Skills Lab1
SON 2015Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation4
SON 2305Elementary of Vascular Sonography4
SON 1805Abdomen II4
SON 1810Abdomen II Lab1
SON 2310Elements of Vascular Sonography Skills Lab1
SON 2205Obstetrical-Neonatal Sonography4
SON 2XXXObstetrical/Neonatal Skills Lab1
SON 3XXXClinical Practicum I8
SON 3305Small Parts1
SON 3310Small Parts Lab1
SON 3XXXClinical Practicum II10
SON 4XXXThesis Capstone1
Total Credits50
Prerequisite courses 1
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
COMM 1030Speaking to Lead and Influence4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes2
PHYS 1050Conceptual Physics (OR PHYS 1080 and PHYS 1090, OR PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120)4
SON 1500Communication for the Sonography Professional2
College level algebra/statistics or higher4
Total Credits26
Required supporting courses 1
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
MGMT 3460Managing a Diverse Workforce4
PHIL 3400Biomedical Ethics4
Total Credits12
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 Minimum grade of C required

Sonography majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing IPE 4200W Research Methods. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and another writing-intensive course in another department).