DUTEC 100 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography • 3 Cr.


This course will introduce the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Topics include the history and foundations of medical ultrasound; medical terminology; relevant ergonomics; and the role of sonography compared to other Imaging disciplines. Professionalism, communication, patient care, vitals, medical ethics, legal issues, scope of practice, certification, and accreditation are addressed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the obligations of the Sonographer to patients, institution and self. Explain the patient's bill of rights. Describe patient reactions to illness. Discuss the safety considerations associated with patient care. List the components of good body mechanics. Describe the correct patient-transfer methods. Discuss the care of patients with tubes or tubing. Describe the sonographer's role in emergency medical situations. Discuss the Sonographer's role in infection control. Discuss the impact of cultural beliefs on diagnosis and treatment. Discuss the value of Ethics and professionalism. Understand the foundations for a professional job seeking process. Understand the importance of woking within the sonographer's scope of practice