Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What is the difference between the AS degree and the CCC program?
A. The core Sonography courses (SON) are the same. However, with the Associate degree, general education courses are taken to fulfill the requirements for an AS degree.
Q. Does this make a difference when applying for a job?
A. If you are applying for a Sonography job in a hospital or office, your employer is interested in the school you attended (is it accredited or not) and what registry certifications you hold. We recommend that if you do not hold a degree, that you get the AS degree; as you do not know what direction your career may go 10-20 years from now. Certain jobs within the Sonography field such as management, ultrasound companies and teaching require degrees.
Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program starts in the Fall of every year. There is only one class selection per year. The deadline is different each year but will always be the within the first week of July.
Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program is full time approximately 35-40 hours per week. The schedule varies from semester to semester. The clinic hours may differ depending on the clinical site with most being 8:00 a.m. to 4:30pm with some evening and weekend hours.
Q. Do you offer an evening or part time program?
A. The Sonography program is only offered during the day. Please see above.
Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Yes - as long as working hours do not interfere with clinical hours.
Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all the pre-requisite courses and program requirements?
A. Yes. As you finish your courses your application will be updated in the system.
Q. What campus is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program located?
A. The program is located at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus on PGA Boulevard.
Q. Why do I need allied health experience?
A. Sonography is much more than scanning pregnant moms and looking at cute babies. You will be working with sick patients and that takes certain skills. Having the background of working with patients and understanding basic skills - like how to move patients that may be in pain or have IV’s attached to them - will let you focus more on learning how to scan properly.
Q. Do sonographers deal with needles, blood, and bodily fluids?
A. Yes - sonographers are patient care givers and indeed deal with all of these!
Q. What type of skills do you need to be successful in Sonography sonographers?
A. The most important skills are:
- Interpersonal skills – You will be constantly be working with patients and other healthcare professionals so the ability to be calm and helpful at all times is a VERY important skill. You’ll have to show this same level of dedication to working and getting along with others during your time both in the classroom and at clinic.
- Attention to detail – Medicine is a detail-oriented field, so you must be meticulous when it comes to every part of the process. From filling out paperwork to assessing real patients, you’ll need to make sure all your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.
- Critical thinking, problem-solving skills – At the end of the day, you will feel more mentally than physically exhausted. Sonography is all about solving the numerous issues that others deal with, and often you’ll have to be creative and offer unique solutions. Good sonographers are excited by taking on new challenges and finding interesting ways to conquer those tasks.
- Ability to work well under pressure – Whether it’s difficult exams or patients, many times you will find yourself pushed to the limits to find answers quickly. If you like the rush of working at a fast pace and handle pressure well, you won’t be intimidated by whatever comes your way.