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:
- Competency Standards: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Competency Indicators: Abdomen and Superficial Structures, OB-GYN
- 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