Sonography Program Overview
The Sonography program at Palm Beach State College offers students two options: 1) an Associate in Science degree and 2) a College Credit Certificate. Both options prepare students to enter the profession as competent, entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers.
Through classroom, lab and clinical experience, the Sonography program develops technical proficiency through extensive hands-on practice and exposure to real-world medical settings. Students graduate ready to start rewarding careers as vital members of the medical imaging team.
Associate in Science degree
(77 credit hours): The A.S. degree is designed for individuals who do not have a degree or have not met the General Education requirements.
College Credit Certificate
(47 credit hours): The CCC program is the technical core of
the A.S. degree and is designed for individuals who already have a degree or have otherwise met the General Education requirements as outlined for the A.S. degree.
Attend an Open House – All prospective students are welcome and attendance is an application requirement.
Program Length: The A.S. degree program takes two years to complete. The CCC takes 14 months.
Program Schedule: Both programs begin annually in the fall term and require a full-time commitment starting in the spring.
Program Location: Classes and labs are held in the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. Clinical rotation assignments take place at various local hospitals and physician practices.
Program Costs: Palm Beach State is one of the most affordable public colleges in the nation. Tuition costs for the Sonography program options are based on credit hours. The A.S. degree is 77 credit hours and the CCC is 47 credit hours. See Tuition & Fees for current credit hour rate.
Other costs include books, laboratory fees, uniforms, liability insurance and professional association membership dues, which total approximately $950. Transportation costs for driving to clinical training sites typically range from $750-$1,250 (gas, oil, maintenance).
Financial Aid: Financial aid is available and it is recommended that you apply early
In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation.
Requirements for Continuation in Sonography Program
All sonography courses are sequential, beginning with the first course in the first term of the program. Each sonography course requirement must be satisfied before the student can progress to the next term. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all didactic and clinical courses; this includes case log records, evaluations and total clinical hours records, in order for the student to progress. Students who do not earn a grade of “C” in any Sonography (SON) course in any term may not progress to the next term; however, they may apply for readmission to the program the following year.
Requirements for Graduation
Students must complete all prerequisite courses and complete all Sonography (SON) courses with a grade of “C” or better.
Sonography Tech Standards
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to effectively operate sonographic equipment.
- Ability to evaluate sonograms in order to acquire appropriate diagnostic information.
- Ability to integrate diagnostic sonograms, laboratory results, patient history and medical records, and adapt sonographic examination as necessary.
- Ability to use independent judgment to acquire the optimum diagnostic sonographic information in each examination performed.
- Ability to evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and health care team.
- Ability to follow established departmental procedures.
- Ability to work efficiently and cope with emergency situations.
- Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.
- Strength sufficient to: lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs), and to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
- Ability to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning.
Employment in a Clinical Setting
Students may be employed in a clinical setting outside regular educational hours, provided the work does not interfere with regular academic responsibilities. The work must be non-compulsory, paid, and subject to standard employee policies. Outside work CANNOT be used as clinical time.
Any agreement for service work is between the employer and student, and the College has no responsibility for the student's actions while not acting as a student.