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Mission of the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Mercy Medical Center

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Mercy Medical Center 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.

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Description of Profession

The profession of a diagnostic medical sonographer requires judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services. A sonographer is a highly skilled professional qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic medical sonography, as directed by a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy. The general sonographer may provide this service in a variety of settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of appropriate procedures. General sonographers assist physicians in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions.

The sonographer is 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.
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health.

Program Description

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Mercy Medical Center 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.

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Program Length

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 Medical Center. Students are given 40 hours of sick time and two weeks of scheduled vacation.

Admission Requirements

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.

Student Services

  • 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.

Who Do I Contact?

Susan Bielanski, BS, RDMS
Program Director
School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Mercy Medical Center
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
Application Fee $25
Total Tuition $14,000
Book Fee Estimate $900
Uniform and Shoes $200
Total Cost $15,125

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.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements (Policy #3.112)
  • Maintain a satisfactory GPA clinically (Policy #4.231)
  • Maintain a satisfactory GPA didactically (Policy #4.232)
  • Proficiently use oral and written medical terminology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate proper operation of Ultrasound equipment and accessories
  • Demonstrate normal and abnormal anatomy during ultrasound examination, as well as the ability to discuss sonographic findings and pathological process
  • Have an understanding of ultrasound physics and can identify and correct the causes of artifacts
  • Demonstrate concern and empathy for the patient
  • 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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