Mission of the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital strives to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the field of Ultrasound as a Sonographer. The graduating student is eligible to apply for the exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The school strives to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The school strives to ensure that our graduates are prepared to assume responsible positions on the healthcare team and continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, affordable and accessible care for the whole person.
Description of Profession
The diagnostic medical sonographer is an individual who provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The diagnostic medical sonographer must be educationally prepared and clinically competent as a prerequisite to professional practice. Demonstration and maintenance of competency through certification by a nationally recognized sonography credentialing organization is the standard of practice in sonography, and maintenance of certification in all areas of practice is endorsed.
The diagnostic medical sonographer functions as a delegated agent of the physician and does not practice independently.
Diagnostic medical sonographers are committed to enhanced patient care and continuous quality improvement that increases knowledge and technical competence. Diagnostic medical sonographers use independent, professional and ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonographic procedures.
The sonographer is generally able to perform the following:
- Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results;
- Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician;
- Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician;
- Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services;
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues;
- Act in a professional and ethical manner
- Facilitate communication and education to elicit patient cooperation and understanding of expectations, and responds to questions regarding sonographic examination.
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. We are a CAAHEP accredited program which provides a twelve-month hospital based diploma in the field of ultrasound. Graduates are eligible to become Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialties of OB/gynecological and abdominal ultrasound. Students are provided with both didactic and clinical instruction on campus. Over 1,300 hours are dedicated to the mastery of clinical skills valuable in today’s competitive market.
Review the Mercy School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography:
- Policy & Procedure Manual
- Course Catalog
- Technical Standards
- Program Outcomes, 2018-2020
- Applicant Checklist
Our program is twelve consecutive calendar months with each class beginning in July. Students attend 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday-Friday with all classes and clinicals held at Mercy Hospital. Students are given 40 hours of sick time and two weeks of scheduled vacation.
Applicant must have an Associate Degree in a health care field with direct patient care OR a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree (any field). Either must include the following prerequisites:
- American Heart Association BLS certification
- GPA of at least 2.5
- Satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- General Physics
- Communication Skills
- Algebra 101 or higher college math
- Human Anatomy Physiology II (or Principles of Human Structure & Function orHuman Biology)
- Medical Terminology
- Human Disease (General Pathophysiology)
- Documentation of 4-hours of observation in Sonography (may be scheduled at Mercy with volunteer services- 330-489-1106)
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services on a course by course basis.
- Free flu vaccination
- Free parking
- Resume writing assistance
How Do I Apply?
In order to apply, you may make a personal appointment with the program director or download an application from our website. We will accept applications until April 1.
- Mercy Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application
- Application Checklist
- Sonography School Reference Forms
Who Do I Contact?
Susan Bielanski, BS, RDMS
School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, N.W.
Canton, Ohio 44708
(330) 489-1000, ext. 6609
Note: All descriptions, standards and policies stated in this brochure are subject to change. All other policies and procedures are kept in manuals located in the Program Director’s office.
School Of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Expenses
|Book Fee Estimate||$900|
|Uniform and Shoes||$200
Grades for all coursework will be based on the following scale:
|93 – 100%||A|
|92 – 84%||B|
|75 – 83%||C|
|69 – 74%||D|
|68% & Below||F|
Any grade below a “C” in any class is considered to be failing.
Selection of students will be based on the applicant’s ability didactically, interest, preparation, attitude and personal qualities indicating potential to successfully complete the mission and goals of the program. No discrimination shall be made against any qualified applicant based on their sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, marital status or the physically challenged.
In order to be eligible for graduation, the student must
- Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements. (Policy #3.112)
- Maintain a satisfactory GPA clinically. (Policy #4.231)
- Maintain a satisfactory GPA didactically. (Policy #4.232)
- Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
- Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.
- Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
- Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services.
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.
- Act in a professional and ethical manner.
- Facilitates communication and education to elicit patient cooperation and understanding of expectations and responds to questions regarding sonographic examination.
- Demonstrate an understanding of ultrasound physics and can identify and correct the causes of artifacts.
- Complete 12 months of clinical and didactic education.
- Complete all make up time over 40 hours.
- Have all costs to the program paid in full.
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is CAAHEP-accredited program #110092.
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