Cardiac Sonography Mission & Goals


The mission of the Jackson College DMS Cardiac Sonography Program is to educate students in the science of diagnostic medical sonography and to prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The program’s mission is in concert with the Jackson College mission to inspire and educate world-class healthcare providers for the people of Michigan and our global community.

Competency Standards and Indicators

Jackson College Competencies and Competency Indicators are defined by:

Program Goals

The philosophy of the Cardiac Sonography Program is unified by common goals, which include thoughtful intentional course design, role modeling, and classroom and clinical experiences that provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of an entry-level cardiac sonographer. The educational process conveys caring for the whole person and promotes a balance of knowledge, technical skills, spiritual awareness, emotional intelligence, and physical health in performing professional services. The cardiac sonography overarching program goal is to prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Goal: The graduate will exhibit a professional attitude and behavior appropriate to the healthcare setting (affective).

  • Student Learning Outcome:
    • Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that show sensitivity and acceptance of individual and cultural differences, and respecting diversity.
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and all members of the healthcare team.
    • Demonstrate compassionate patient care and education during sonographic procedures to promote overall well-being.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

Program Goal: The graduate will exhibit critical thinking skills during the performance of adult echocardiographic procedures providing diagnostic quality (cognitive).

  • Student Learning Outcome:
    • Collect and combine, assess, and analyze cardiovascular sonographic images for the purpose of physician diagnosis.
    • Evaluate normal and abnormal cardiovascular anatomy and recognize cardiovascular pathologic conditions.
    • Collect, review and integrate pertinent patient data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
    • Compose complete and accurate sonographic findings for the interpreting physician to facilitate patient diagnosis.

Program Goal: The graduate will have the ability to operate cardiovascular ultrasound equipment and determine proper techniques to produce quality sonographic images (psychomotor).

  • Student Learning Outcome:
    • Application of ultrasound principles and instrumentation relative to imaging and image quality to produce diagnostic adult cardiac sonography examinations.
    • Demonstrate adult cardiac sonography procedures appropriately and accurately recording all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
    • Demonstrate achievement of clinical competency through the performance of adult cardiac sonography by meeting or exceeding measurable clinical scanning competencies.