Ultrasound Technician

Lincoln University offers education and training on a certificate level that lead to employment in a variety of allied health professions. Graduates have opportunities for employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ private offices, imaging centers, mobile services, and also in marketing, sales and product development for the equipment manufacturers. The program is designed for those who need a desirable job that is always in demand, and for those who are already working and would like to study more. Simultaneously, students receive academic credit for the courses, which may apply to a degree program in the future.

Diagnostic ultrasound technology is a rapidly expanding allied health field where the need for technicians continues. The program consists of five (5) modules with a total of 86 units and 1830 contact hours and with three possible areas of concentration: Sonography, Vascular Ultrasound and Echocardiography. It is a choice of a student to select a concentration. An ultrasound technician is a skilled professional who uses equipment producing high-frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data that help health care professionals to diagnose patients with disease. Ultrasound imaging is used on many parts of the body, including the abdomen, blood vessels, heart, and the developing fetus of a pregnant woman. After an extensive and comprehensive educational process, the technician with Echocardiography concentration is qualified to perform examinations the primary role of which is to obtain images of the heart, including hemodynamic information. This requires great performance skills and also understanding of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

 

GRADE AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS

Students enrolled in the Ultrasound Technician Certificate program are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress described in the University’s academic catalog and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory academic progress for full-time students (no transfers) in the Certificate program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken).

Program Maximum Units Attempted* Evaluation
Point
Minimum
Credit Units
Earned
Minimum  Cumulative GPA
Ultrasound
Technician
Certificate
48 End of 1st Academic Year 19 2.0
54 25% of MTCC 22 2.0
96 End of 2nd Academic Year 39 2.0
108 50% of MTCC 43 2.0
130 End of 4th Academic Year 77 2.0
130 100% of MTCC (4.5 years) 86 2.0

*    Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.

ULTRASOUND TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Program length is a maximum of 112 weeks for daytime or evening classes of a full-time student.

Course Number  Course Names and Modules Lecture Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Contact Hours Units
MODULE 1: Foundation Courses 
SCI 10 Physical Science 45 0 0 45 3
SCI 31 Human Biology 45 0 0 45 3
CS 10 Introduction to Computer Science 45 0 0 45 3
MODULE 2: Core Courses 
DI 10 Physical Principles of Ultrasound 45 0 0 45 3
DI 20 Medical Terminology 45 0 0 45 3
DI 30 Anatomy and Physiology 45 0 0 45 3
DI 110 Ultrasound Principles and Protocols 45 30 0 75 4
DI 210 Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Technology 45 0 0 45 3
MODULE 3: General Ultrasound Courses 
DI 120 OB/GYN Ultrasound I 45 30 0 75 4
DI 130 OB/GYN Ultrasound II 45 0 0 45 3
DI 140 OB/GYN Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
DI 150 Abdomen and Small Parts I 45 30 0 75 4
DI 160 Abdomen and Small Parts II 45 0 0 45 3
DI 170 Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
DI 114  Vascular Anatomy and Hemodynamics 45 0 0 45 3
DI 124  Peripheral Vascular 45 30 0 75 4
DI 115 ECG and Arrhythmias Interpretation 30 30 0 60 3
DI 125 Introduction to Echocardiography 45 30 0 75 4
MODULE 4: Concentration Courses 
A. Sonography and Electives
DI 230 Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound 45 30 0 75 4
DI 240 Advanced OB/GYN Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
DI 250 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts 45 30 0 75 4
DI 260 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
Elective DI 134 or DI 135 45 30 0 75 4
Elective DI 144 or DI 145 0 90 0 90 3
B. Vascular Ultrasound and Electives
DI 134 Abdominal Vascular 45 30 0 75 4
DI 144 Vascular Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
DI 254 Transcranial Doppler 45 30 0 75 4
DI 264 Vascular and Transcranial Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
Elective DI 135 or DI 230 45 30 0 75 4
Elective DI 145 or DI 240 0 90 0 90 3
C. Echocardiography and Electives
DI 135 Echo Imaging 45 30 0 75 4
DI 145 Echo Scanning (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
DI 255 Advanced Echo Imaging 45 30 0 75 4
DI 265 Advanced Echo Imaging (Lab) 0 90 0 90 3
Elective DI 134 or DI 230 45 30 0 75 4
Elective DI 144 or DI 240 0 90 0 90 3
        MODULE 5: Externships* 
DI 280A Practicum/Externship I 0 0 135 135 3
DI 280B Practicum/Externship II 0 0 135 135 3
Total:    840 720 270 1830 86

*Externship courses DI 280A and DI 280B have to be completed in the maximum of one year each. If the full required grading package is not provided in one year after a course beginning, the grade “NC” is recorded and the student should re-register for the course with 3 units.

The maximum time permitted for the certificate completion (MTCC) is four and a half (4.5) years for the academic part of the program for the full-time students (taking 12 units per semenster at the minimum), or eight (8) years for the academic part of the program for part-time students.

A maximum of 48 credit units can be transferred from other institutions for the educational Modules 1-4. Work experience in the field can be evaluated and counted as credit units for labs of Modules 3 and 4, and for the externships (Module 5). The maximum time for the certificate completion is influenced by the transferred credit units, calculated during registration, and is determined by the formula:

MTCC (in years, excluding externship) = 4.5 – (the number of transferred credit units)/24