Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Grady Health System is a full-time, daytime program lasting 18 months. The student receives training in several clinical sites throughout the Metro Atlanta area.  This program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in diagnostic medical sonography in the areas of Abdomen and OB/GYN.  The school awards a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  Prerequisite college or technical school courses are required.

This advanced-level program is a full-time, daytime program lasting 18 months. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical sites and job outlook. Currently, a maximum of 12 students are accepted annually. The graduation rate for the past 5 years is 95 percent. (Gainful employment disclosure)

School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Faculty
Program Director:Jessi Clark, BS, R.T.(R), RDMSjclark4@gmh.edu(404) 616-4587
Sonography Training Coordinator:Donna McNeil, BA, RDMS djmcneil@gmh.edu(404) 616-5032

ADMISSIONS

ACCEPTED APPLICANTS

FINANCIAL AID / TUITION / FEES

ACCREDITATION

PROGRAM INFORMATION

PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

STUDENT SERVICES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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ADMISSIONS

Admission Requirements

General Policy Statement
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

    1. Satisfactory physical, mental, and emotional health.
    2. Minimum age of 18 years.
    3. Satisfactory graduation from an accredited high school or a passing score on the General Education Development test (GED) of the American Council on Education.
    4. Transfer credits, for sonography specific courses, from other Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs will not be accepted.  Advanced placement is not available.
    5. SAT, ACT, Compass, Accuplacer,or Asset Exam requirement (one of the following criteria must be met):
      1. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I): minimum math and critical reading (verbal) total score of 850 (writing section not included)
      2. American College Test (ACT): minimum composite score of 18
      3. Compass: minimum reading score of 85; minimum math score of 60
      4. Accuplacer: minimum reading score of 81; minimum math score of 95
      5. Asset: minimum reading score of 43; minimum math score of 50
    6. A college degree may be considered in the selection process, but not in place of SAT I, ACT, Compass, or Asset scores.
    7. College level courses at an accredited college with a minimum  grade of “C” or 2.0 in each course,  and a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
      Courses excluded from consideration are:

      • Remedial courses
      • Developmental studies courses
      • Courses with essentially non-academic content (orientation, career courses, etc.)
      • Non-transferable courses (grades of “D” or lower)
    8. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension, or expulsion) at the last institution attended.
    9. Satisfactory graduation from one of the following is preferred:
      • Programmatic, nationally or regionally accredited, two-year allied health education program that is patient care related (clinical education component is supervised direct patient care in a hospital environment).
        • Certification in good standing with the appropriate U.S. certification board as applicable.
      • Regionally accredited United States postsecondary institution (University, College, or Technical College) with a minimum of an Associate’s degree
    10. Applicants are required to document health-related experience by written verification of formal clinical education in a health related profession, volunteerism in a healthcare setting, and/or shadowing in a sonography setting.
    11. Completion of prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited United States postsecondary institution (University, College, or Technical College) to include the following courses regardless of other background education or experience:
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      • Physics
      • Communications or Speech
      • Information Technology (Introduction to Computers)
      • Psychology
      • Introductory Statistics
      • Algebra or a higher-level mathematics

Postsecondary education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following entities:

    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
    • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    • Council on Occupational Training (COE)
    • Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
    • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  1. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited. This includes a personal interview and a tour of the school facilities and ultrasound departments.

Admission Requirements – International Student

An applicant will be classified as an “International Student” if the school credentials he/she submits for evaluation are from schools or colleges outside of the United States. This applicant, in addition to meeting the admission requirements outlined in the previous sections, must also meet the following requirements: 

  1. A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting his/her alien registration card. The school is not approved by the INS to enroll non-immigrant status students.
  2. The applicant must present official secondary and postsecondary (college or university) certificates, credentials, or diplomas. Official documents must bear authoritative signatures, seals and stamps. If possible, the institution issuing the document should send these. Certified original translation must accompany all documents not printed in English. Secondary grades should equal the equivalent of a “B” average. Applicants postsecondary courses must have earned satisfactory grades in all courses attempted and be in good standing. The average score should be equivalent to a “C” or better.
  3. If the applicant’s native language is not English, one of the following must be submitted:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum subset scores for each test versions as follows:
      • PBT: 55 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • CBT: 21 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • iBT: 20 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
      • Essay Writing/TWE (PBT, CBT) subscores should not be below 4.0

 The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

    • Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of “Intermediate”.

Application Process

The Sonography program begins only one time every 18 months. 

Online applications are accepted at any time.  The next class begins August 2019.  Complete application portfolios received after September 30, 2017 will be considered for this start date on a space available basis

Procedure

  1. Apply online.
  2. Applicants submit the following to the School: 
  1. Application portfolio documents
    1. $35.00 nonrefundable application fee* (checks and money orders payable to Grady Health System). *Must be received to begin the application process.
    2. All official transcripts
      1. Official high school transcript, or GED certificate.
      2. Official transcripts of courses completed in all colleges or other postsecondary programs of study.
      3. The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography requires documentation of health-care experience.
    3. Test scores
      1. A college entrance test is required. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I), American College Test (ACT), Compass, Accuplacer, and/or Asset. Grady Health System’s SAT code is 5263 and the ACT code is 5329.
      2. Score and proof of any current national certification, if applicable.
      3. TOEFL score, if applicable (see International Student Requirements).
  2. Supporting data
    1. Military discharge papers (DD214), if applicable.
    2. References
      The applicant must provide names, email addresses, and complete mailing addresses for four (4) references who have supervised the applicant a minimum of six months in an evaluating position (such as supervisors, educators, etc.). friends, relatives, clergy, and co-workers are not acceptable references. The applicant should contact references prior to submission of application. One (1) references from allied health program faculty members, if applicable.
    3. Documentation of patient care experience.

A completed application portfolio consists of the application, application fee, official SAT I, ACT,  Compass, or Asset score, official high school transcript or documentation of GED, all official university, college, and/or technical college transcripts, documentation of any current certifications with scores, and other supporting data (references, military discharge, etc.).

Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  The application and pre-entrance requirements will not be returned to the applicant, nor forwarded to another institution.

A qualifying applicant will be invited to Grady Health System for an interview and tour.  The applicant will also receive Financial Aid information.  This takes approximately three hours.

Notices of acceptance or rejection will be mailed and/or emailed the week following the Admissions Committee meeting.  Notices are given by mail/email only.

Admission to the school is competitive and the Admissions Committee reserves the right, in every case, to accept or reject any applicant based on previous academic performance, motivation, personality, or health and character as determined by the application process, interview, review of academic and sociological data, references, and investigation.

All correspondence and inquiries pertaining to applications should be directed to the attention of the:

Admissions Office
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – P.O. Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
imagingschools@gmh.edu
(404) 616-3610

 

ARDMS Pre-application Review for Criminal Conviction

Felony and misdemeanor convictions, regardless of resolution, may cause a student to be ineligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). All Joint Commission accredited hospitals require sonographers to be certified.

If an applicant has a felony or misdemeanor conviction, the ARDMS must determine eligibility for the Registry examination before applicant is interviewed by the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pursue this matter. The program is not and will not be involved in this process in any manner.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography will consider, for determination of eligibility, any felony or misdemeanor conviction of an applicant on a case-by-case basis. The ARDMS charges a fee for this service. To obtain Pre-application Review for criminal conviction information, contact the ARDMS at:

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
51 Monroe Street
Plaza East One
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 738-8401

 

ACCEPTED APPLICANTS

Admission Requirements Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, the applicant must complete and submit by program deadline date:

  1. Physical examination and immunizations to include documentation of:
  • MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Must have one of the following:
    • Documentation of 2 doses after 1st birthday and separated by at least 28 days
    • Laboratory evidence of immunity by positive measles titer, positive mumps titer, and positive rubella titer
  • Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (series of 3 and titer results drawn after 3rd dose)
  • Varicella vaccine (2 doses) and/or positive titer
  • PPD (TB screening) within last 30 days prior to enrollment, any one of the following to documents accepted:
    • Negative two-step TB skin test
    • Negative T.Spot or Quantiferon Gold blood test
    • For history of positive TB test, latent TB infection or TB disease, must have negative chest x-ray. If student has had TB disease, medical evaluation and documentation that student has been treated for TB disease is required.

After initial TB testing is completed, student should receive follow-up TB testing annually consisting of a one-step TB skin test or a T.SPOT or a Quantiferon Gold Test.

Immunization requirements are subject to change by Grady Health System and/or Clinical affiliates at any time.

  1. Two separate Background check and drug screens performed through AdvantageStudents and Simplr.
  2. Proof of professional liability insurance as a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student, prior to enrollment, which documents coverage for first year of enrollment (must be renewed before end of first year).
  3. Current CPR (BLS for Healthcare Provider) documentation. If BLS for Healthcare Provider is expired or needed, submit documentation of completion for Part I of the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers online training module and Part II will be scheduled for completion with school faculty at the school.
  4. Any on-line hospital or clinical site orientations assigned by the school.

Drug Screen and Background Check

Students are required to undergo a background checks and drug screen tests prior to enrollment in the program. This is conducted after a student has been provisionally accepted into the program. Students are responsible for all charges incurred for these screens. If the student has lived in states other than Georgia or has lived in other countries, additional fees for searches may apply. The Student Package (background check and drug screen) is ordered online through web site www.advantagestudents.com within 10 business days following receipt of the letter of acceptance into the program. Results are accessed by GHS Human Resources’ employee on-boarding coordinator, Imaging School personnel, and student placement coordinators of certain clinical affiliates. Unsatisfactory (positive) results of the background check and/or drug screen will result in ineligibility for admission to the program.  A separate background check and drug screen through symplr® credentialing must also be purchased and completed, currently costing $49, 1 month prior to attending any Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facility.

 A cleared background check/drug screen will be valid for the duration of the program unless an additional clinical site is added and a new background check/drug screen is required to meet orientation requirements for that facility. A clinical facility reserves the right to remove a student from the facility for suspicion of substance abuse, including alcohol. The clinical facility reserves the right to request that the student submit to a repeat drug screening at the student’s expense. Failure to comply will result in the student’s immediate expulsion from the facility.

Should a student whose background/drug screen meets GHS requirements and is cleared to enroll in the program be prohibited from attending an off campus clinical rotation due to findings on a background/drug screen for that particular site, the student may be placed at another clinical site that accepts the results.

The AdvantageStudents drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for eleven substances. Test results that fall outside of any acceptable ranges are considered positive test results. Any positive result (unless the student has a physician’s documentation of need for the drug) will exclude student placement in the program.

 Background check criteria include:

  • Georgia Statewide Records – GCIC
  • If applicant has resided outside the State of Georgia within the past 7 years then those additional jurisdictions will be searched.
  • Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry search (aka Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry)
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Residency History
  • Nationwide Health Care Fraud and Abuse Scan
    Search includes – Medicare & Medicaid Sanctioned, Excluded Individuals, Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Inspector General (OIG)-List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, General Services Administration (GSA)-Excluded Parties List.
  • US Patriot Act Search
    Search includes – OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons, OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports, Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties, U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA) – Unverified Entities List Denied Entities List, Denied Persons List, FBI Most Wanted Terrorists and Seeking Information, FBI Top Ten Most Wanted, INTERPOL Most Wanted List, Bank of England Sanctions List, OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List, United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List, Politically Exposed Persons List, European Union Terrorism List, World Bank Ineligible Firms.

FINANCIAL AID / TUITION / FEES

Tuition & Fees

Tuition

Sonography Tuition:

$2,610/semester (5 semesters)

Fees

2 Drug Screen & Background Checks:

1) $78.50 *base fee  2) $49.00

*May be higher if student lived in another state or country

Professional Liability Insurance

$37.00 – 220.00 per year

Graduation Fee

$180.00 (prorated at $36 paid each semester)

Online Record Keeping System

$150

Technology Fee

$50.00/semester

CPR (Heart Code – BLS) Online Training Module

$28.50

Uniform Scrub Top and Pants
(5 sets recommended)

approximately $35.00/set

Uniform Shoes
(2 pairs recommended)

approximately $60.00/pair

Books, supplies, computer software, etc.

approximately $800

Grady Parking
Off campus clinical sites may require a parking fee, which is the responsibility of the student.

Grady Parking at Capital Avenue Parking (Orange) Lot for a one-time fee of $10

ARDMS Credential exam fees:

SPI – $225 (sitting for the Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation exam is required before beginning the 5th semester)   

Completing ARDMS specialty exams  prior to graduation is encouraged:

Abdomen – $250 
OB/Gyn – $250

Prices subject to change

Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid is available to help the student meet the difference between the amount he/she can afford to pay and the actual cost to attend one of the Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies. The amount the student and his/her family can afford to contribute is determined by a need analysis. Need is established by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the website www.fafsa.ed.gov or by paper FAFSA and mailing it to the federal processor. The FAFSA code for all schools is 004117. A Student Aid Report (SAR) is provided to the student online.

No financial aid is disbursed until the student is enrolled in the program of study. The payment period for financial aid is by semester.

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

  1. Grants
    1. Federal Pell Grant: The Pell grant is only awarded to undergraduate students. It is based on student need. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
  2. Loan Programs
    1. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program: There is both a subsidized and an unsubsidized Direct Loan. A student can obtain a loan regardless of income, but the federal government pays interest only on need-based loans.
    2. Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): Loans may be applied for by parents on behalf of their dependent, undergraduate students.

Financial Aid Office-Sabrina TwoLions
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
Email: stwolions@gmh.edu or phone (404) 616-3506

Veterans Benefits
Students enrolled in the Schools of Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Medical Sonography, may receive Veterans Educational Benefits from the Veterans Administration if eligible.

Exit Counseling Resources

 Federal Loan Servicers Contact Information

Great Lakes Educational Loan Services
(Dept of ED/Great Lakes)
800-236-4300
www.mygreatlakes.org

Nelnet (Dept of ED/Nelnet)
888-486-4722
www.nelnet.com

Sallie Mae (Dept of ED/Sallie Mae)
800-722-1300
www.salliemae.com

FedLoan Serviceing (PHEAA)
800-699-2908
www.myfedloan.org

Direct Loan Servicing Center (ACS)
800-848-0979
www.myedaccount.com

Mohela
888-866-4352
www.mohela.com

ESA/Edfinancial
855-377-6884
www.edfinancial.com/DL

CornerStone
800-663-1662
www.MyCornerStoneLoan.org

Aspire Reources Inc.
855-475-3335
www.AspireReourcesInc.com

Granite State-GSMR
888-556-0022
www.gsmr.org

OSLA Servicing
866-264-9762
www.osla.org

EdManager
855-479-0490
www.edmanage.myedloan.com

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition refund refers to money paid towards school charges that must be returned to financial sources and/or to the student. If the student is due a tuition refund, the school must provide a refund whether or not the student requests the tuition refund or formally withdraws from the program. If a student receives an approved leave of absence, but does not return from that leave, a tuition refund must be processed within 30 days. If a student withdraws from school, a tuition refund must be made within 60 days of the school’s determination of withdrawal.

Institutional Pro Rata Refund Policy
The pro rata refund applies to all students enrolled at Grady Health System. There is not an applicable state law or refund required by the accrediting agency. Pro rata refund applies to the institutional tuition and fees charged from the first day of class until the 60 percent point in time of the enrollment. After the 60 percent point in time of enrollment there is no refund. A 100 percent refund is due to a student who never enrolls. Tuition refunds are made by the Financial Aid/ Registrar’s office. An explanation of the calculations for determining the amount of financial aid to be returned can be obtained through the Financial Aid/Registrar’s office.

Return Policy for Title IV Grant and Loan Programs
If a student has completed more than 60 percent of the payment period, he/she is considered to have earned 100 percent of the Title IV grant or loan aid received for the payment period. In this case, no funds need to be returned to the Title IV aid programs.

However, if a student withdraws before completing more than 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, the amount of any Title IV loan and grant aid the student received for the payment period (or period of enrollment) must be recalculated to reflect the portion of the payment period that he/she completed prior to withdrawal. The unearned Title IV loan and grant aid for the percentage of the payment period not completed must be returned to the applicable Title IV aid programs.

Veteran’s Refund Policy
For Veteran students the School will refund the unused portion of prepaid tuition and fees on a pro rata basis. Any amount in excess of $10 for an Enrollment Registration fee will also be prorated and returned.

ACCREDITATION

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an accredited program in the General Concentration approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through review by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited program assures that students are provided the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL, 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(443) 973-3251
www.jrcdms.org

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Grady Health System began in 1991. To date, 170 students have graduated from the program. The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography has several affiliate clinical sites where student training is enhanced through exposure to many diverse people, various equipment and variety of examination types. This specialized program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in diagnostic medical sonography in the areas of Abdomen and OB/GYN.

The course of study in General Concentration awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon graduation. Students who satisfactorily complete the program fulfill the requirements to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The student may sit for the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation ARDMS exam upon completion of a physics course. The OB/Gyn and Abdominal ARDMS specialty exams may be taken up to 60 days prior to graduation. The credential of RDMS is valid upon completion of all program requirements and graduation.

This advanced-level program is a full-time, daytime program lasting 18 months. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on availability of clinical sites. Currently, 13 students may be accepted every 18 months. The graduation rate for the last 5 years is 100 percent

Mission

The mission of the School of Diagnostic to provide a quality education that actively engages the student in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences that will prepare the student to challenge the national certification examination.

Goals

The goal of the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Learing Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Students will be clinically competent.

  • 1. Students will apply principles of patient safety in using acoustic energy as low as reasonably achievable during sonographic exam.
  • 2 Students will apply knowledge of sonographic procedures.
  • 3 Students will provide appropriate patient care.

Learning Outcome 2: Students will communicate effectively.

  • 1 Students will demonstrate knowledge of patient communication skills.
  • 2 Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
  • 3 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Learning Outcome 3: Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • 1 Students will identify ethical dilemmas.
  • 2 Students will demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • 3 Students will adapt procedures for non-routine exams and emergent patient conditions.

Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate professional development and growth consistent with program mission and expected outcomes.

  • 1 Students will demonstrate a professional work ethic.
  • 2 Students will demonstrate dependability.
  • 3 Students will demonstrate the ability to function as team player.

Program Effectiveness Measurements:

  1. Graduates will pass the SPI and one specialty ARDMS certification exams no later than 1 year from graduation.
  2. Graduates will complete the program within 18 months.
  3. Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be employed within 12 months post-graduation.
  4. Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
  5. Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s education.

Academics

Academic Calendar

January 8, 2018 – June 28, 2019

# of hrs.  
Semester IJanuary 8, 2018 – May 4, 2018(17 weeks)
0Orientation 
2Lab Simulation I  
3Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care 
2Abdomen Sonography I 
2OB/Gyn Sonography I 
3Clinical Education I 
12Holidays:  January 15 (MLK)Spring Break March 10-18
Semester IIMay 14, 2018 – July 20, 2018(10 weeks)
2Lab Simulation II 
3Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation I 
2Abdomen Sonography II 
2OB/Gyn Sonography II 
3Clinical Education II 
12Holidays:  May 28 (Memorial Day)July 4 (Independence Day)
Semester IIIAugust 20, 2018 – December 7, 2018(16 weeks)
2Lab Simulation III 
3Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation II 
2Abdomen Sonography III 
2OB/Gyn Sonography III 
3Clinical Education III 
12Holidays:  September 3 (Labor Day)November 22-23 (Thanksgiving)
Semester IVJanuary 7, 2019 – May 3, 2019(17 weeks)
2Lab Simulation IV 
4Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation III(including Registry Review)
2Abdomen Sonography IV 
2OB/Gyn Sonography IV 
3Clinical Education IV 
13Holidays:  January 21 (MLK)Spring Break March 16-24
Semester VMay 13, 2019 – June 28, 2019(7 weeks)
4Abdomen Registry Review 
4OB/Gyn Registry Review 
3Clinical Education V 
11Holidays:  May 27 (Memorial Day) 

Course Descriptions

Orientation
An introduction to key personnel, student registration, identification badge issuance, parking arrangements, tour of the clinical sites, student handbook content coverage, and required in-service education for safety procedures, HIPAA, and blood borne pathogens.

Lab Simulation I 
In order to gain practical experience in a controlled, supervised environment, the student will participate in simulated exercises, practicing sonographic procedures in preparation for clinical competency testing. Topics for this course will include introduction to basic equipment operation and care, transducers and imaging planes, and practice exams of the following areas of anatomy: abdominal vessels, female pelvis, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts, pancreas, and kidneys. Practice exam using a fetal phantom and competency challenge for pancreas and renal imaging will be included.

Lab Simulation II 
For this course, sonographic protocols in preparation for clinical competency will include supervised practice exams in the following anatomy: spleen, bladder, female pelvis, abdominal wall muscles, adrenal glands, and thyroid. Detailed equipment operation instructions, including Doppler modes and competency challenges for thyroid exam and common bile duct will be included.

Lab Simulation III 
For this course, supervised practice of sonographic exams will be performed for the following anatomy: popliteal fossa, shoulder, Achilles tendon, abdominal Doppler, simulated breast, and liver with identification of landmarks. Experiments with frequency and attenuation and image processing controls are included. Competency challenges for biliary tract and aorta exam are included.

Lab Simulation IV 
For this course, supervised practice of sonographic exams will be performed for the following anatomy: lower extremity veins with demonstration of hemodynamics, carotid arteries, aorta, and any area of identified student need. Competency challenges for liver and spleen exam are included.

Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care 
These courses present skills for appropriate patient care in sonography including patient transport and transfer; vital signs; communication and cultural diversity skills; legal, medical ethics and professionalism issues; introduction of basic laboratory values and other imaging modalities that correlate with sonographic exams; policies, procedure, and protocols for sonographic exams; basic instrumentation operation and care; ergonomics and work related musculoskeletal disorders; routine scan planes and techniques; and general sonographic terminology.

Abdominal Sonography I 
This course provides education in protocols, scanning techniques related imaging modalities, laboratory tests, pertinent patient history, indications for examination, normal structure and function, relational anatomy, and normal sonographic appearance of the abdominal vascular system, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, urinary system, gastrointestinal tract, and spleen. Directed readings are included.

Abdominal Sonography II 
This course provides education in protocols; scanning techniques; related imaging modalities; laboratory tests; anatomy and function and pathophysiology; pertinent patient history, and indications for examination; relational anatomy; and normal and abnormal sonographic appearance of the peritoneal cavity, abdominal wall, retroperitoneum, thyroid and scrotum . Also included are the sonographic appearances, variants, congenital anomalies, pathophysiology, and sonographic findings and techniques associated with pathology of the abdominal vessels, liver, biliary tract, and pancreas. Directed readings and case study presentation are included.

Abdominal Sonography III 
This course provides education in sonographic appearances, variants, related imaging modalities, congenital anomalies and pathophysiology, and scanning techniques, and pitfalls, variants, or pathology of the urinary system, musculoskeletal system, prostate, and breast. This course also includes organ specific ultrasound-guided interventional techniques procedures, indications for intervention, laboratory test, complications, and evaluation and drainage guidance for fluid collection and abscesses; abdominal application of ultrasound contrast to include appropriate organ specific protocols, technique and equipment considerations, and identification of types of ultrasound contrast agents. Directed study writing assignment for practice of technical reports and case study presentation are included.

Abdominal Sonography IV 
This course provides and introduction to sonography of neonatal heads, hips and spine including normal sonographic appearances and sonographic findings associated with pathology; extracranial and intracranial cerebrovascular anatomy, scanning techniques, and normal sonographic appearance; peripheral arterial and venous anatomy, basic protocols and techniques, including Doppler techniques, and normal sonographic appearances and function. Education in sonographic appearances, variants, related imaging modalities, congenital anomalies and pathophysiology, and scanning techniques and pitfalls of variants or pathology of the pediatric kidneys and adrenal glands and pediatric abdomen is included. Directed readings and case study presentation are included.

OB/Gyn Sonography I 
This course provides education in protocols, scanning techniques related imaging modalities, laboratory tests, pertinent patient history, indications for examination, normal structure and function, relational anatomy, and normal sonographic appearance of the female pelvis and obstetric patient. First trimester complications, sonographic findings and indications for exam associated with complication and pathophysiology are included.

OB/Gyn Sonography II
This course provides education in protocols, scanning techniques related imaging modalities, pathology and pathophysiology, and abnormal sonographic appearance of the pediatric female pelvis, uterus, ovary, adnexa and the infertility patient. Obstetric measurements, gestational age and fetal growth assessment by ultrasound, and sonography of the high-risk pregnancy will be included. Directed readings and case study presentation are included.

OB/Gyn Sonography III
This course provides education in normal and abnormal sonographic appearances, variants, related imaging modalities, pathophysiology, laboratory tests, pertinent patient history, indications for examination, and scanning techniques for prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies including 3-D evaluation, the placenta and umbilical cord, amniotic fluid and membranes, the fetal face, neck neural axis, heart and thorax. Directed readings and case study presentation are included.

OB/Gyn Sonography IV 
This course provides education in normal and abnormal sonographic appearances, variants, related imaging modalities, pathophysiology, laboratory tests, pertinent patient history, indications for examination, and scanning techniques for the fetal abdominal wall, abdomen, urogenital system and fetal skeleton.

Comprehensive OB/Gyn and Abdominal Registry Review
This course will provide a comprehensive review of all topics previously presented in the Abdomen and OB/Gyn Sonography courses with emphasis on practice tests and comprehensive exams in preparation for the national certification examinations in both specialties.

Sonographic Physics I 
The study of acoustic physics and instrumentation includes topics of physical principles of sound generation and propagation, sound interaction with tissue, the instrumentation utilized to produce and detect diagnostic medical ultrasound, systems operation, modes of pulsed-wave and continuous wave operation, transducer technology, and image storage, retrieval and sharing systems.

Sonographic Physics II  
The second course of study of acoustic physics and instrumentation includes topics of Doppler operations including spectral, color and power Doppler; hemodynamics, exam applications related to physics and sonographic appearance, artifacts production and recognition, bioeffects, focused ultrasound for therapeutic uses, elastography, patient care and safety, contrast and harmonics, and quality assurance of the use of ultrasound.

Comprehensive Physics Registry Review
This course will provide a comprehensive review of all topics previously presented in Sonographic Physics I and II. The student will take practice exams and comprehensive exams in preparation for the national certification examination.

Clinical Education I  
Through direct patient care, with instruction, demonstration and supervision by appropriately certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, the student is introduced to basic principles and application of patient care skills, patient transfers, and communication in a clinical setting with patients, sonographers, physicians and other healthcare workers. The student may apply sonographic skills learned in the classroom and lab under supervision in the clinical setting. Assignment may be in general and/or perinatology settings.

Clinical Education II
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education I. The student will progressively develop the clinical skills necessary to complete some images of an exam, with supervision, and develop the ability to distinguish abnormal sonographic findings from normal sonographic patterns, recognize indications for the order exam, follow departmental protocols for appropriately greeting and identifying of patients, patient dismissal at end of exam, cleaning of area and sonographic equipment, and set-up and maintain a sterile field. Assignments may be in general and/or perinatology settings.

Clinical Education III 
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education II. The student will continue the clinical experience in the patient care setting of a hospital or clinic and continue to improve on producing diagnostic sonographic images, completing examination under direct or indirect supervision, maintaining professionalism, and applying critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.  Assignments may be in general and/or perinatology settings.

Clinical Education IV 
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education III. The student will continue the clinical experience in the patient care setting of a hospital or clinic and continue to improve on producing diagnostic sonographic images, completing examination under direct or indirect supervision, completing some or all of the competency requirements needed for graduation, and applying critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.  Assignments may be in general and/or perinatology settings.

Clinical Education V 
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education IV.  The student will continue the clinical experience in the patient care setting of a hospital or clinic demonstrating clinical skills and sonographic techniques to produce completed diagnostic sonographic examinations under indirect supervision and in a timely manner at the level of competence of an entry level sonographer. Any remaining competency requirements needed for graduation must be completed.  Assignments may be in general and/or perinatology settings.

Grading System

The following grading system is used:

A – Excellent

90 – 100%

B – Good

80 – 89%

C – Fair

75 – 79%

D – Poor

70 – 74%

F – Failure

 below 70% 

Students receive an academic and clinical transcript at the end of each semester. Academic and clinical grades are listed separately, are weighted by credit hours, and are averaged for the semester GPA. Students are counseled individually concerning academic and clinical training on a weekly, monthly, or semester basis as needed.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

Academic integrity is an integral part of learning. Any infraction of the honesty policy is detrimental to the student’s education and to the integrity of the school. The following cases of dishonesty are strictly forbidden:

  1. Plagiarizing any assignment. Plagiarismmeans using someone else’s ideas or words without using quotation marks and/or giving credit by citation of source(s).
  2. Copying / submitting another person’s work.
  3. Unauthorized taking of someone else’s work.
  4. Using unauthorized notes or equipment (including programmable calculators) during an examination.
  5. Stealing an examination or using a stolen examination.
  6. Allowing another student to have access to your work, thereby enabling that student to represent the work as his or her own.
  7. Having someone else take a quiz or exam in your place.
  8. Fabricating information such as data for patient log sheets.
  9. Falsifying a patient’s medical record or a student’s clinical record.
  10. Using another person’s file or flash drive or copying another student’s computer program.

Instructors may use any one or more of the following disciplinary measures for a case of dishonesty:

  • A zero for the assignment.
  • An “F” for the course, resulting in dismissal from the program.
  • Recommendation of dismissal from the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate from the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a student must have successfully completed both the academic and clinical portions of the course of study.

Successful completion of the academic and clinical portions requires the following criteria to be met:

  1. A final accumulative average of 75% must be obtained considering all courses studied.
  2. A score of 75% or better must be obtained in a comprehensive final examination in Registry Review in Sonographic Physics; Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography; and Abdominal Sonography.
  3. Successful completion of all required clinical hours within the program.
  4. Successful completion of all clinical competencies and required clinical hours.

Upon completion of all prescribed courses with satisfactory scholastic standing, each graduate will be awarded a certificate from Grady Health System.

Clinical Education

The major goal of the clinical portion of the program is to enable the student to develop skills that will allow him/her to successfully perform the duties of a Sonographer. These programs are competency-based programs in which faculty members and/or departmental staff evaluate the student. 

A student may be exposed to infectious diseases, body fluids and cleaning solutions. He/she is appropriately instructed in standard precaution procedures, as well as the proper utilization of various types of protective clothing and personal protective devices.

There are seven (7) holidays observed by the Schools. Students are also off during the break weeks between quarters/semesters. Any absences must be made up prior to awarding a certificate of graduation. Absenteeism affects a student’s clinical grade and may jeopardize his/her position in the program. Eligibility for the ARRT or ARDMS certification examination is dependent upon the date of program completion.

CLINICAL EDUCATION
A student spends 3 days per week in the clinical setting. Students rotate through diagnostic abdominal imaging areas, perinatal departments, and pediatric imaging departments in several affiliate sites in the Atlanta area. Students must dress in the approved uniform attire during classes and clinical rotations. Clinical assignments occur during the day shift.  

Travel times from Grady Memorial Hospital:

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding– 35 Jesse Hill Jr Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 – one block from Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown– 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 – 1.5 miles
  • Emory University Hospital – 1364 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 – 5.9 miles
  • Emory University Hospital – Outpatient Clinic (The Emory Clinic) – 1365 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 – 5.9 miles
  • Grady Memorial Hospital – Inpatient and Outpatient – 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE – 0 miles
  • Grady Memorial Hospital – Perinatal Center – 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE – 0 miles
  • Kaiser Permanente-Southwood –  2400 Mt Zion Pkwy, Jonesboro, GA 30236 – 17.4 miles
  • Northside Hospital – 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 – 13.0 miles
  • Northside Hospital Outpatient Clinic – 980 Johnson Ferry Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 – 13.0 miles
  • Northside Hospital – Maternal Fetal Medicine – 980 Johnson Ferry Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 – 13.0 miles
  • Piedmont Hospital– 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 – 5.8 miles
  • Piedmont Hospital – Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center – 77 Collier Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 – 5.8 miles

Uniforms

PROPER UNIFORM ATTIRE

Uniform: Must be the wine-color scrub shirt, scrub pants, and lab coat (if worn) with the School emblem purchased from the designated vendor. Uniform cannot be too tight or too loose.  Any shirt worn under uniform shirt must be solid white or black. Any writing on the undershirt must not be visible. Undershirt must be tucked in. Pants must come to ankles and must not touch the floor. Pants must be worn at the waist covering underwear.  

Shoes: SOLID WHITE OR SOLID BLACK athletic or clinic shoes. Shoes must be all leather or other fluid impermeable material. No canvas, suede, mesh, open “holes”, open toe, or (preferably) open back shoes.

Socks: Solid white or solid black socks or flesh tone stockings must be worn. Low-cut socks are NOT acceptable. 

ID badge: Identification badge is to be worn at collar level or above the waist with photo visible. No buttons or pins allowed on ID badge unless approved by the Program.

Jewelry: Only one ring and one bracelet or watch may be worn on each hand / wrist. Necklace must be worn under uniform. Only one earring is allowed in each ear. The earrings must be no larger than 1” in diameter. No other jewelry is permitted including tongue, lip, eyebrow or nose, except for religious reasons.

Hairstyles: Hair may be worn as long as you like, but if it is longer than shoulder length, it MUST be tied back away from the face while working in the hospital in patient care areas. If a hair band or barrettes must be worn, they should be simple in design. Hairstyles and color must be professional and not of extreme design, “unnatural” colors or extreme in contrasting.

Beards: Male students must be clean shaven. Beards and mustaches may be grown if they are kept trimmed and sanitary. Facial hair must not interfere with the seal of the isolation mask.

Cosmetics: Use makeup in moderation. Use tones which denote professionalism in a hospital. Fingernails may not extend more than ¼ inch beyond the fingertip. NO ACRYLIC NAILS. No jewels or designs in nail polish are allowed. Students may wear clear or pearl color nail polish.

Eyewear: Dark glasses will not be worn indoors while on duty unless wearing the glasses indoors has been prescribed.

Tattoos: Tattoos must be covered during clinical education.

Hats/Caps: Head coverings are not allowed unless worn for religious reasons. Must be solid black in color and without fringe. 

Accessories: Fanny packs are acceptable. All electronic devices (cell phone, I-Pod, Blackberry, etc) are to remain off during clinical (and class) hours.

Underclothes: Underwear should NOT be visible under the uniform.

Electronics: No electronic devices (cell phone, iPod, blackberry, etc.) use allowed during clinical hours. No electronic devices on during class hours. 

Uniforms should be CLEAN AND PRESSED and in good repair (not torn) at all times including classroom, shoes polished, socks/stockings in good shape. Uniforms should be properly fitted. Students must wear ENTIRE uniform at all times. This dress code is an attempt to be clear, BUT THE EVALUATION AND/OR DEVIATION OF THE UNIFORM ATTIRE IS LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE PROGRAM. Proper uniform attire is to be worn in ALL AREAS of clinical rotation. Students not attired in the proper uniform will receive a Negative Feedback form (this will affect the clinical grade). The student will be sent home to change into the proper uniform. Time missed will be made up.

*Wine-color scrub shirt, pants, and lab coat must be purchased from the designated vendor.

STUDENT SERVICES

FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid programs available to students are:

  • Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants are for eligible undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Subsidized Federal Direct Loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The interest is subsidized by the Federal government while the student is in school.
  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed.
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): PLUS loans are made to parents of dependent undergraduate students. There are no income restrictions for these loans.
  • Veteran’s Educational Benefits: Students who are eligible may receive Veterans Educational Benefits from the Veterans Administration.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CENTER
The exercise facility located in the Brian Jordan/Steve Atwater Employee Wellness Center located on the 16th floor of the hospital is available for use by employees and students.

PARKING
Students are assigned to the MLK MARTA station parking lot. A Grady Shuttle is available for transport between the parking lot and the hospital.

Parking fees associated with clinical education rotation assignments are the responsibility of the student. 

HEALTH SERVICES
Employee Health Services (EHS) is available for TB screening, flu shots and/or completion of Hepatitis B vaccine series, post needle stick reporting, and exposures to infectious diseases (all at no cost). For outpatient clinic or Emergency Department visits, the student is expected to pay for services or show proof of health insurance.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Cameron and Associates, Inc. is a national Employee Assistance Program Consultant Firm (EAP), providing counseling services to employees, their families, and students. Individuals receive professional and confidential counseling in areas of marital, family, or financial problems, stress, substance abuse, depression, etc. The main objectives are early identification of the employee or student who needs assistance; providing professional and confidential counseling; helping the employee or student find resources when needed; and helping the employee or student to resolve their personal problems.

COMPUTERS AND TUTORIALS
There are computers for student use in Piedmont Hall. Software tutorials are maintained and loaned through school offices. In addition, the Calhoun Medical Library located in the Glenn Building has a number of computers with Internet access that the student may use during normal library hours.

LIBRARIES

School Library
The School library is located in Piedmont Hall. Textbooks and other learning resources belonging to the Schools of Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography are housed in this area. The most current editions of Sonography books and learning resources are located in the sonography classroom.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch of Emory University School of Medicine Library, is located in the Glenn Building on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. This library is open to the instructors and students of Grady Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and other schools within the hospital.

PHOTOCOPIES AND FASCIMILIES
Photocopying facilities are available in the A. W. Calhoun Library in the Glenn Building. A fax machine is located in the School office in Piedmont Hall.

CAFETERIA
Morrison’s Cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital. An ID badge must be worn in the hospital cafeteria to receive an employee discount for meals.

SNACK BARS
Snack bars (Henry’s, Chick-fil-A, and Grab-n-Go) are located on the ground floor of the hospital. Snack vending machines are located in the Morrison’s Cafeteria on the 2nd floor. Snack vending machines are also located on the 1st floor of Piedmont Hall.

PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEE ESCORT SERVICE
Students and employees desiring escorts to or from parking lots or to isolated locations on the Grady campus should call the Public Safety office to arrange for this service.

LOCKERS
Lockers for books and personal items are available for student use in the third floor locker rooms. Students must provide their own padlock. Lockers must be shared.

NOTARY PUBLIC
Notary publics are available to notarize items of Grady business in Grady’s Administration office, Business Office, and Legal Affairs office. There is no charge for this service.

UNIFORM VENDOR
Students are required to wear uniform scrub attire. The uniform scrubs are embroidered with a school logo and are ordered through a local vendor.

GIFT SHOP
Lori’s Hallmark stores are located in the hospital’s Clinic Building lobby and in CHOA at Hughes Spalding. The stores offer a selection of snack foods, drinks, greeting cards, special occasion balloons, and holiday specialty items.

ENTERTAINMENT DISCOUNTS
Discount tickets to entertainment venues are available to students through TicketsAtWork. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Admissions – Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.  All official high school and college transcripts must be submitted directly to the schools’ admissions office in a sealed envelope from the institution.

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An applicant may send in the required information separately.  Once the online application and application fee have both been received, the program will start a file on the applicant.

 

 

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The programs use a point system to rank applicants, which include the following criteria:

  • High school GPA or GED
  • SAT I or ACT score
  • College hours and/or degrees
  • Personal interview
  • Personal references
  • Direct and/or indirect healthcare experience, volunteer work, or shadowing
  • National certification score, if applicable
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Yes.  International applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL test with minimum subset scores for each test versions as follows:

  • PBT:  55 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
  • CBT:  21 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
  • iBT:   20 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • Essay Writing/TWE (PBT, CBT) subscores should not be below 4.0

 The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

Alternative to TOEFL is the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of “Intermediate

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The program is offered 40 hours per week.  School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m M-F

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The programs are 40 hours per week, and there is an ample amount of study and homework required.  The faculty recommends that students limit their employment to part time if possible.

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No.  Applicants may view our admission requirements and application procedure on our School web site at www.gradyhealth.org/imaging.

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Yes.  We use the SAT I, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET score in our point system to derive the applicant’s score for selection purposes.  A degree is considered, but will not take the place of the SAT I/ACT score.

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An applicant must contact a translation service to have the transcripts from high school and/or college converted into its U.S. Equivalency to include U.S. GPA, classes listed, grades received, and type of degree obtained.

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Yes.  We use data from transcripts in our point system to derive the applicant’s score for selection purposes.

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If you are unable to get a high school transcript, you may choose to take the GED instead.  Upon passing the GED you may then submit a copy of your GED certificate to the School to meet that particular admission requirement.  A minimum of an associate degree and/or postsecondary education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
  • Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools of Middle States Association of College and Schools (MSA-CESS)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Council on Occupational Training (COE)
  • Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission
  • Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Conjoint Accreditation Services of the Canadian Medical Association
  • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA)

 

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No.  A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting a copy of his/her alien registration card.

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The campus safety and security report is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website http://ope.ed.gov/security.

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Currently, up to 12 students may be accepted.   

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No.  Selection of students is a competitive process.  The Admissions Committee will select students and alternates.

 

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An applicant’s folder is kept on file for one year.  The steps to reapply are:

  • Contact the School office at (404) 616-3610, state that you are a previous applicant from last year, and request that the contents of your old application folder be transferred to a new applicant folder.
  • Go online
  • Since your SAT/ACT score, official high school transcript (or GED), and official college transcript(s) are on file, you do not have to request new transcripts.
  • If you have taken additional college courses since you applied last year, you must request an updated transcript for your new application folder.
  • Reference forms will be sent to the personal references that you list on your new application.
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You can contact your local hospital, medical center, or nursing home and see if they have volunteer opportunities.  Shadowing opportunities in ultrasound are preferred.

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Applicants from other Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs will not be accepted as transfer or advanced placement students.  Course credit will be accepted for prerequisite courses into our program if completed with a grade of “C” or better and the previous institution is properly accredited.  You must start the Grady Health System program from the first day and complete all courses and requirements to receive your certificate of completion.

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Upon graduation from Grady’s hospital-based program, graduates receive a certificate from Grady Health System. Diagnostic Medical Sonography students/graduates take the certification examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), as do students and graduates of other CAAHEP accredited programs. Only colleges are accredited to award a degree.

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Entry-level salary ranges in metro Atlanta hospitals are approximately:                                     

 $23 – 29 per hour             $47,840 – 60,320 annually

National salary information may be obtained in the following source:

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm

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No.  The school does not have job placement, however the program’s 6-year average (5 graduating classes) for finding employment 12 months post-graduation is 86.4%.  Job placement rates vary with the current job market.  Some graduates do not seek employment within the first year. Example: take time off to start a family.

 

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No.  You must meet and submit all admissions requirements and, if accepted, you must complete the 18-month program, the same as any new student.

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Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

The campus safety and security report is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website http://ope.ed.gov/security.

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All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The fastest way to get your application processed is to apply over the internet. To apply online, go to www.pin.ed.gov and apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN allows you to electronically sign and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) without having to print, sign, and mail a signature page to the processing center. A PIN saves time and mistakes. School Code: 004117

To complete the FAFSA, you will need to provide information on your household size, number of household members attending college, and income and asset information for yourself, and if you are filing as a dependent student, for your parents as well. Be sure to follow the directions carefully because making corrections is a time consuming process.

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If you need to make a correction to your financial aid application information before you receive your award notice, you can do so using the Student Aid Report by mailing it to the processor or by doing it on the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.gov. If you have already received your award letter, contact the financial aid office to determine if the correction is necessary.

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You can go online at www.fafsa.gov to add Grady Health System to your FAFSA, school code 004117.

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Yes. If you want an estimate of financial aid prior to applying for either admission or financial aid, you may estimate your eligibility for federal student aid at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. You will need to provide information on your household size, number of household members attending college, and income and asset information for yourself, and if you’re filing as a dependent student, for your parents as well.

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Once Grady Health System receives your FAFSA results (if there are no corrections required and you aren’t selected for verification) and you have been admitted to the program, the Student Financial Aid Administrator will send you an award letter via U.S. Mail. The financial aid award letter outlines the type and amount of financial aid families can receive, such as scholarships, grants, and student loans.

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The Department of Education has set maximum levels for student borrowing which is driven by the total number of credits completed toward graduation in your program. Credits determine if you are a first-year or second-year student. Those limits are listed below. Each student’s eligibility is determined based on the results of the FAFSA if the student is dependent or independent, the unmet need and cost of attendance.

 Dependent Undergraduate Student
(except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)
Independent Undergraduate Student
(and dependent students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)
 Subsidized Unsubsidized Subsidized Unsubsidized
1st year $3,500$2,000$3,500$6,000
2nd year $4,500$2,000$4,500$6,000
3rd year & beyond $5,500$2,000$5,500$7,000

*** The Radiologic Technology program falls under the 1st year category.***

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First, you must provide all necessary requested documents to complete your file so your eligibility can be determined. Grants and loans will be awarded in that order based on eligibility. You will receive the award letter by mail. You must accept or deny awards by returning the letter to the Financial Aid Administrator.

If you accept the student loan and you are a first-time borrower, you must complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling Session at www.studentloans.gov. Once the paperwork is completed and you are enrolled for the minimum number of required credits, your financial aid will be applied to your student account as the funds are received. Once your tuition and fees are then paid any residual check will be mailed the address on file. Checks are mailed within two weeks at the start of each semester as long as the student remains enrolled and attending.

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If your financial aid exceeds the amount of your charges, a residual check will be prepared for you. It will be sent via mail to the address that you provided during registration (Direct Deposit IS NOT available). Checks will be mailed within two weeks of the beginning of each semester.

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Sabrina TwoLions
Grady Health System
Student Financial Aid/Registrar
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3506
stwolions@gmh.edu

 

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Yes.  The programs are eligible and participate in Federal Pell Grant and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs. The FAFSA must be processed by September 30 to determine eligibility for financial aid. 

Veteran benefits are approved for eligible veterans. Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits for eligible veterans are now approved for non-degree programs.

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