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College of St. Joseph to offer major in sonography beginning this fall

RUTLAND—College of St. Joseph is continuing to expand its health-related offerings with the addition of Vermont’s only sonography program, beginning in the fall 2016 semester.

The Radiologic Sciences-Sonography program recently received accreditation from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The program prepares individuals to work with medical providers in the management, control and care of patients referred for ultrasound studies. Graduates of the program will be proficient in sonography scanning techniques, through classroom time and hands-on experience during clinical rotations at sites throughout Vermont, including Springfield Hospital, Gifford Medical Center in Randolph and Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

“The program, an educational track within the Radiologic Sciences Program, will be the only one in Vermont. The sonography track will focus on general studies including OB/GYN and abdomen. The program will also offer vascular as a primary focus. With our many clinical affiliates, students will be afforded many opportunities and varied environments in which to gain valuable clinical experience,” said Roger Weeden, radiologic sciences program director.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the exams of the American Registry of Radiologic Technology-Sonography.

As with the College’s radiologic sciences major, students must be admitted into CSJ as a health science major and must complete all general education courses prior to applying for admission into the sonography program.

The sonography program is the latest health-related offering to be added to the college’s roster. CSJ announced the expansion of its radiologic sciences program earlier this year. The college is also developing Vermont’s first Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies program, which is pending accreditation.

Sonographers are highly skilled clinicians who perform ultrasound studies. Sonographers may find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice physicians’ offices and elsewhere.

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