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Sonography

St. Catherine University’s sonography department is grounded in the liberal arts and a commitment to compassion, community and caring. 

Students will be led into a fascinating profession that challenges their analytical ability and in-depth knowledge of the human body.  Students will develop their skills through a combination of professional courses and clinical training. Small class and lab sizes ensure students get individualized attention to prepare them for their career.

Associate

SON 1500 Coummunication for the Sonography Professional — 2 credits

This course is designed to help students understand the theory and develop the skills necessary for effective communication with patients and co-workers. The course explores verbal/non-verbal communication, interpersonal listening and feedback, passive and active listening, team development, and managing conflict.

SON 1530 Introduction to Clinical Ultrasound — 1 credit

This course is offered in the first summer term prior to clinicals. It combines lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program and successful completion of prior courses in the program progression.

SON 1600 Abdomen I Lecture — 2 credits

This course is an introduction to abdominal ultrasound. Students will have comprehensive discussions of cross-sectional anatomy and physiology of the liver and biliary system.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program.

SON 1610 Abdomen I Lab — 1 credit

This course is an introduction to scanning the anatomy of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and kidney. Students will gain experience through participation in scanning labs.

SON 1700 GYN Lecture — 2 credits

This course is an introduction to female pelvic anatomy. Students will have comprehensive discussions of pelvic anatomy, physiology, and clinical indications for pelvic scanning.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2410, SON 2010, SON 1600, SON 1610.

SON 1710 GYN Lab — 1 credit

This course establishes the basic foundation for the imaging technique and interpretation of the female pelvis. Students will gain experience through lab participation.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2410, SON 2010, SON 1600, SON 1610.

SON 1800 Abdomen II Lecture — 2 credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of the pathology of the pancreas, spleen, urinary system and abdominal vasculature. This course is a continuation of the skills and knowledge acquired in SON 1600.
Prerequisites: SON 1600, SON 1610, SON 2010.

SON 1810 Abdomen II Lab — 1 credit

This course provides students with greater understanding of scanning the abdominal section. This is a continuation of the skills and knowledge acquired in SON 1610. Students will gain greater experience and knowledge through participation in the scanning labs.
Prerequisites: SON 1610, SON 1600, SON 2010.

SON 1900 OB I Lecture — 2 credits

This course builds on the knowledge and skills learned in SON 1700. Students will have discussions on first, second and third trimester normal anatomy as it applies to scanning.
Prerequisites: SON 1700, SON 1710.

SON 2010 Ultrasound Physics, Instrument I — 2 credits

Students will focus on the underlying principles of physics and basic concepts critical for developing skills in the use of diagnostic ultrasound.
Prerequisite: Admission to the sonography program.

SON 2020 Ultrasnd Physics,Instrument II — 2 credits

Students will apply a more profound understanding of ultrasound physics concepts so that the relationship of the physics fundamentals to the quality of the diagnostic ultrasound is understood.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program and SON 2010.

SON 2050 Scanning Lab — 1 credit

The course will provide students with more scanning experience and will be a continuation of the skills and knowledge learned from previous courses.
Prerequisites: SON 1700, SON 1710, SON 1800, SON 1810, SON 2020 BIOL 2410.

SON 2120 Abdomen III Lecture — 2 credits

This course is a continuation of abdominal ultrasound and will provide students with comprehensive discussions on small parts anatomy, which includes the thyroid, breast, prostate and scrotum.
Prerequisites: SON 1800, SON 1810.

SON 2220 OB II Lecture — 2 credits

This course is a continuation of SON 1700 and SON 1900 and will provide students with comprehensive discussions about third trimester pregnancy, fetal anomalies and biophysical profiles.
Prerequisites: SON 1900, SON 1910.

SON 2300 Vascular Ultrasound — 2 credits

The anatomy, physiology and pathology of the arterial and venous circulation systems are covered in this course. Noninvasive vascular instrumentation, protocols and techniques are introduced. The principles of hemodynamics and the physics and use of continuous wave, pulse and color Doppler ultrasound are covered in this course.
Prerequisites: SON 2210.

SON 2310 Vascular Ultrasound I Lab — 1 credit

This course provides students with comprehensive scanning skills in all areas of the arterial and venous circulation systems. Noninvasive vascular instrumentation, protocols and techniques are introduced. Students will optimize their scanning abilities through participation in the labs.
Prerequisites: SON 2210.

SON 2350 Vascular Ultrasound II — 2 credits

The non-invasive vascular instrumentation, protocols and techniques used to evaluate anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cerebrovascular and peripheral venous systems are introduced, including carotid artery disease, venous insufficiency and vein mapping. Invasive vascular evaluation methods will be introduced, including angiography, MRA and CTA. Instruction methods include lecture and scanning lab.
Prerequisite: SON 2300.

SON 2360 Vascular Ultrasound II Lab — 1 credit

The noninvasive vascular instrumentation, protocols and techniques used to evaluate anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cerebrovascular and peripheral venous systems are introduced, including carotid artery disease, venous insufficiency and vein mapping. Invasive vascular evaluation methods will be introduced through participation in the lab.
Prerequisites: SON 2300, SON 2310.

SON 2610 Clinical Ultrasound I — 3 credits

These courses provide the opportunity to apply didactic knowledge to the clinical environment. Students will work under the guidance of registered sonographers in hands-on ultrasound scanning in abdominal, OB/GYN, vascular and superficial parts ultrasound. Students will be at their clinical internships three days per week in SON 2610, four days per week in SON 2620 and five days per week in SON 2630.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program and successful completion of prior courses in the program progression. Courses must be taken in this order: SON 2610, SON 2620, SON 2630.

SON 2620 Clinical Ultrasound II — 4 credits

These courses provide the opportunity to apply didactic knowledge to the clinical environment. Students will work under the guidance of registered sonographers in hands-on ultrasound scanning in abdominal, OB/GYN, vascular and superficial parts ultrasound. Students will be at their clinical internships three days per week in SON 2610, four days per week in SON 2620 and five days per week in SON 2630.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program and successful completion of prior courses in the program progression. Courses must be taken in this order: SON 2610, SON 2620, SON 2630.

SON 2630 Clinical Ultrasound III — 6 credits

These courses provide the opportunity to apply didactic knowledge to the clinical environment. Students will work under the guidance of registered sonographers in hands-on ultrasound scanning in abdominal, OB/GYN, vascular and superficial parts ultrasound. Students will be at their clinical internships three days per week in SON 2610, four days per week in SON 2620 and five days per week in SON 2630.
Prerequisites: Admission to the sonography program and successful completion of prior courses in the program progression. Courses must be taken in this order: SON 2610, SON 2620, SON 2630.

SON 2683 Directed Study — 3 credits

Directed study is provided for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this faculty directed learning experience depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses.

SON 2684 Directed Study — 4 credits

Directed study is provided for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this faculty-directed learning experience depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses.
Prerequisites: Faculty, department chair and dean approval.

SON 2982 Topics — 2 credits

This course is designed to help students understand the theory and develop the skills necessary for effective communication. The course explores verbal/non-verbal communication, interpersonal listening and feedback, passive and active listening, team development, and managing conflict.