Sonography Accreditation

Program accreditation information.


  • accreditation

    Sonography Program

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


  • related information

    Student/Graduate Achievement

    2015

    Retention: 87%
    Job Placement: 100%

    Registry Pass Rates:

    • Abdomen: 100%
    • OB/GYN: 80%
    • SPI: 100%

  • diversity statement

    St. Catherine University is committed to equal access for all and recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity. The University’s goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the program's instruction or design that result in barriers to the learning environment, accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the Student Disability Resources office as soon as possible. The Coordinator of Student Disability Services can be reached at 651-690-8160 to discuss academic adjustments or accommodations.


Professional Responsibilities

The professional responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

  • obtaining and recording an accurate patient history
  • performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images
  • analyzing technical information
  • using independent judgement in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings
  • providing an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis
  • providing quality patient care
  • collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team

Sonographers must also be knowledgeable about and limit the risk from possible exposure to blood and body fluids. Many sonographers also assist in electronic and clerical scheduling, record keeping, and computerized image archiving. Sonographers may also have managerial or supervisory responsibilities.


Technical Standards

Sonographers must be able to:

  • Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
  • Push and pull routinely
  • Bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Assist patients on and off examining tables
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence