Undergrad Catalog

Sonography (SON)

Program Option: A.A.S.

A degree from St. Kate's will give you the best possible professional preparation for a satisfying, rewarding and successful career in sonography. St. Kate's specializes in educating healthcare professionals - we've been leading the way since 1905. St. Kate's has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community as the metro area's leading healthcare educator - and an extensive clinical network where you will gain training in real-world conditions.

As a St. Catherine University sonography student, you will develop your skills through a combination of professional courses and clinical training. Small class and lab sizes will ensure you get individualized attention to prepare you for your new career.

As a sonographer, you will use ultrasound imaging equipment to view and evaluate many parts of the human body. You will examine organ systems and vascular structures to detect and assess pathological changes. You also will assess the well-being and progress of pregnancies. Sonographers' work is highly technical and involves a high degree of independence and responsibility, as well as the ability to relate comfortably to patients and to communicate complicated information clearly to physicians.

The sonography program is two years in length.  Many students enter the program through the pre-sonography track.  Students following this track take one year of liberal arts and sciences courses prior to starting the sonography program.

Upon completion of the program, you are awarded an associate of applied science degree and are eligible to take the national registry exams in ultrasound physics, abdominal ultrasound and obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound.

St. Kate's sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).   

Major Requirements:

SON 1530 Introduction to Clinical Ultrasound
SON 1600 Abdominal I Lecture
SON 1610 Abdominal I Lab
SON 1700 GYN Lecture
SON 1710 GYN Lab
SON 1800 Abdominal II Lecture
SON 1810 Abdominal II Lab
SON 1900 OB I Lecture
SON 2010 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
SON 2020 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II
SON 2050 Scanning Lab
SON 2120 Abdominal III Lecture
SON 2220 OB II Lecture
SON 2300 Vascular Ultrasound I
SON 2310 Vascular Ultrasound I Lab
SON 2350 Vascular Ultrasound II
SON 2360 Vascular Ultrasound II Lab
SON 2610 Clinical Ultrasound I
SON 2620 Clinical Ultrasound II
SON 2630 Clinical Ultrasound III
SON 2982 Topics: Communication for the Sonography Professional

Required supporting courses (minimum grade of C required):
BIOL 2400 General Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2410 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2420 Human Disease*
ENGL 1100 Composition
HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology*
MATH 1201 Applied Mathematics for Health Sciences I*
MATH 1202 Applied Mathematics for Health Sciences II*
PHIL 2000 Ethical Problems in Healthcare
PHYS 1020 Physics Concepts*
PSYC 1000 General Psychology

*These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

Liberal arts and sciences and CIL courses:
ART elective
CIL 1500 Transcultural Learning Through Community Connections
ENGL literature elective
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change
SSCS elective
THEO elective