The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Southeastern Technical Careers Institute, Inc. is designed to prepare students for an entry level position in the field of Sonography, which includes Abdominal, Pelvic, Obstetrics, Vascular and Superficial Structures. Student will become knowledgeable in Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and Sonographic patterns of the scanned organs and the Sonographic findings of pathology as well as learn the protocols with the logical sequences for a thorough survey of the organs and surrounding areas which provide technically accurate images for the review of the interpreting physician. The core classes include a Didactic component, a Laboratory (hands on) component and a Clinical Externship component. This final component of the curriculum is designed to include supervised experience in the true clinical environment which requires multiple assignments, logs, evaluations and competencies completed by the student and their clinical supervisor. At the end of the program, students that have attended and satisfactorily completed all assignments of class and externship should have the skills to seek an entry level position in the field as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Southeastern Technical Careers Institute, Inc. does not have programmatic accreditation through CAAHEP or any other accrediting body for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are encouraged to take the first portion of the ARDMS exam which is the SPI (Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation). Under ARDMS requirements, students that attend this institution qualify to take the first portion of the ARDMS after successfully completing their Ultrasound Physics courses. For the second portion, students are required to work as Sonographers for a period of 1 year after graduation or as defined in the pre-requisites section of the ARDMS booklet and website. The requirements and pre-requisites that qualify students to take these examinations are under the control of the agencies and organizations that offer the examinations and outside the control of STCI. Their requirements can change without advance notice. Therefore, STCI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take this registry examination, regardless of their potential qualification status upon enrollment.
These exams are voluntary. However, obtaining these credentials highly enhance employment opportunities in the field.