Sonography, or ultrasound, is an imaging specialty that uses sound waves. Sonographers operate specialized equipment that transmits high frequency sound waves into a patient's body. Structures within the body reflect the sound to form cross-sectional images. These images are interpreted by physicians, most commonly radiologists. Sonographers work in a variety of medical settings from doctor offices to large medical centers.
Sonography requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, employ excellent eye-hand coordination, communicate effectively, perform clinical assessments, use cognitive skills to adapt procedures as appropriate, use independent judgment to differentiate between normal and abnormal sonographic findings, and record sonographic data.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a healthcare setting as a general sonographer. The DMS program is two years long, six consecutive semesters, and awards an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students will be required to physically attend classes at the Anchorage campus for the first year, and may be assigned to clinical sites in other Alaskan communities during the second year at their expense.