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Academic Plan

Sonography students in class

Students typically complete St. Kate's associate degree in sonography in three years.

This full-time program is demanding, with weekday commitments in the classroom, lab and clinical settings.

Year one: Liberal Arts and Sciences courses

In this pre-sonography year, you'll take required liberal arts and sciences courses. Depending on scores received in a placement test, you may also need to take "foundations" courses in college reading, writing, critical language or study skills.

If you have previous college experience, some of your prior coursework may meet St. Kate's liberal arts and sciences requirements. See our transfer information page for details.

Not all liberal arts and sciences courses must be completed in the pre-sonography year. However, some are prerequisite courses — indicated by an asterisk* below — that must be completed, with a grade of "C" or better, before progressing into sonography courses.

Years two and three: Sonography courses

The next year — your first taking sonography courses — you'll experience classroom and lab learning with a small, close-knit community of faculty and students. This year will include clinical experiences that teach you to apply your skills in actual patient situations.

Starting in the fall of your third year, you'll work alongside sonography professionals three days a week. In spring semester, clinicals are extended to four days a week. And finally, in summer, you'll complete your program with clinicals five days a week.

Pre-Sonography:

Fall semester

  • BIOL 2400: General Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)*
  • PHYS 1020: Physics Concepts (2 cr.)**
  • HIMP 1020: Medical Terminology (1 cr.)**
  • Applied Mathematics for Health Sciences (4 cr.)*
  • ENGL 1100: Composition (2 cr.)*
  • SON 1500: Communication for the Sonography Professional (2 cr.)**

Spring semester

  • Theology elective (2 cr.)
  • BIOL 2410: Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)**
  • PHIL 2000: Ethical Problems in Health Care (2 cr.)
  • BIOL 2420: Human Disease (2 cr.)

During spring semester, students apply to start Sonography courses in the following fall:

*At the time of application, students must have completed these courses with a grade of "C" or better.

**At the time of application, students must have completed or be enrolled in these courses, with final grades of "C" or better.

Students must demonstrate competency in college algebra by successfully passing the challenge examination, or passing MATH 2982: Mathematics for the Health Sciences II with a grade of "C" or better.

Year Two: Sonography

Fall semester

  • SON 1600: Abdomen I Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 1610: Abdomen I Lab (1 cr.)
  • SON 2010: Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I (2 cr.)
  • SON 1700: GYN lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 1710: GYN lab (1 cr.)
  • PSYC 1000: General Psychology (4 cr.)

Spring semester

  • CIL 1500: Community Integrated Learning: Transcultural Learning
    Through Community Connections (2 cr.)
  • SON 1800: Abdomen II Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 1810: Abdomen II Lab (1 cr.)
  • SON 2020: Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II (2 cr.)
  • SON 2300: Vascular Ultrasound I Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 2310: Vascular Ultrasound I Lab (1 cr.)
  • Art elective (2 cr.)

Summer

  • SON 1530: Introduction to Clinical Ultrasound (1 cr.)
  • SON 2050: Scanning Lab (1 cr.)
  • Literature elective (2 cr.)
  • SSCS 1000: Power and Social Change (2 cr.)

Year three: Sonography

Fall semester

  • SON 2120: Abdomen III Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 1900: OB I Lecture ( 2 cr.)
  • SON 2350: Vascular Ultrasound II Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 2360: Vascular Ultrasound II Lab (1 cr.)
  • SON 2610: Clinical Ultrasound I (3 cr.)

Spring semester

  • Immigrants and Refugees (2 cr.)
  • SSCS 1400: OB II Lecture (2 cr.)
  • SON 2620: Clinical Ultrasound II (4 cr.)

Summer

  • SON 2630: Clinical Ultrasound III (6 cr.)

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.