General Sonography Mission & Goals


The mission of the Jackson College Ultrasound program is to be leaders in collaboration with state and national stakeholders in preparing competent, life-long learners who contribute to advancing the songraphy profession.

Competency Standards and Indicators

Jackson College Competencies and Competency Indicators are defined by:

Program Goals

  • The Jackson College General Sonography program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • To prepare students to be caring and effective communicators within healthcare delivery systems and among patients of normal and altered states, other healthcare team members, and paraprofessionals.
  • To help students become safe, knowledgeable, caring health professionals.
  • To prepare students for employment as staff sonographers within current and future healthcare systems.
  • To prepare and assist students for transfer into four-year institutions and baccalaureate completion options.
  • To encourage and prepare students to be analytical thinkers
  • To prepare students to appropriately respond efficiently and effectively to emergency situations
  • To prepare students to be active contributing participants in professional organizations and their community.
  • To prepare students for successful completion of American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) credentialing registries/exams.
  • To provide students with those programs which meet or exceed professional standards and guidelines of accreditation.
  • To encourage students to care for their patients and themselves as whole persons with physical, emotional and mental needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of ergonomic techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of types and methods of infection control
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professions to effectively communicate and collaborate in the healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical ethics and law
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical and sonographic terminology.
  • Obtain, evaluate, document, and communicate relevant information related to sonographic examinations
  • Identify and evaluate anatomic structures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disease processes with application to sonographic and Doppler patterns
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of image production and optimization
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of biological effect
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a quality control and improvement program.
  • Demonstrate awareness of resources for professional development
  • Demonstrate achievement of clinical competency through the performance of the requirements to provide quality patient care and optimal examination outcome
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and anatomic variants of the Abdominal, Small Parts, Obstetrical and Gynecological systems
  • Student will recognize and demonstrate sonographically cross-sectional anatomy of the human abdomen, pelvis and gravid uterus, and small parts.
  • Student will practice and demonstrate proper verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Student will demonstrate accurate interpretations of sonography requisitions.
  • Student will practice and demonstrate appropriate patient positioning including AP, PA, Supine, oblique, upright, and lateral positions.
  • Student will recognize, practice and demonstrate appropriate scan planes as sagittal, transverse and coronal planes.
  • Student will recognize, practice and demonstrate appropriate transducer orientations for sagittal, transverse, and coronal planes.
  • Students will recognize and demonstrate appropriate sonographic image technique settings as proper penetration, gray scale levels, and display controls.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate ability to differentiate cystic, solid, and complex structures.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to differentiate acoustic enhancement and acoustic shadow artifacts.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to recognize sonographically pathological conditions of the Abdomen, small parts, obstetrical and gynecological systems.
  • Students will be able to correlate results from other imaging modalities and/or diagnostic studies as lab results with patient’s history and sonographic results.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of ultrasound for evaluation of surgical procedures or interventions, including a role in planni­­­­ng, intra-procedural guidance/technical evaluation, and/or post-procedure assessment.
  • Evaluate scanning protocol and modification(s) based on patient-specific factors
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of quality assurance
  • Demonstrate achievement of clinical competency through the performance of sonographic examinations according to practice parameters established by national professional organizations and the protocol of the clinical affiliate