Platt is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of education available, and we will strive to continue to grow our program into one of the region’s premier Ultrasound education options.
LOS ANGELES and ONTARIO, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2011
Platt College is pleased to announce it is now offering, through its School of Medical Sciences, a Bachelor of Science program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound). The program complements the College’s current Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Science program, which began enrolling students in January 2010.
The College will begin accepting enrollments in the Sonography Bachelors program in September, 2011. While the full program consists of 31 months of instruction, transfer credits may significantly shorten the program for incoming students with previous Sonography related education.
“We are pleased to add the Sonography Bachelors program to Platt College’s School of Medical Sciences offerings in Health Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Associates degree), Medical Assisting, and Medical Administration. The addition of this program provides an avenue for our current Sonography Associate’s students to continue on to earn their Bachelor’s degree in the field, and a new option for incoming students who desire to earn a Bachelor’s degree in this growing area of health care.” commented Muna Buser, RDMS, Program Director at Platt College’s Ontario campus. “We believe that the need for a quality Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor’s program is particularly strong in the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas of Southern California, where there are relatively few schools currently offering this program.”
The program at Platt College will offer multiple start schedule enabling students to complete their Diagnostic Medical Sonography educational requirements in less than three years. General education and prerequisite courses are built directly into the program, forming the first two terms of a student’s educational experience. Students who have already completed these prerequisites may be eligible to receive transfer credits enabling them to start directly in the Sonography core courses.
In the first two academic years of the program, students focus on attaining the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment as an entry-level Sonographer. Core coursework includes in-depth training in all skills required for the Physics & Instrumentation (SPI) and Abdomen/Obstetrics portions of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination. Specific classes include: principles of sonography, sonography physics, abdomen and superficial structures, obstetrics & gynecology sonography, and introduction to vascular sonography. Students begin their learning with a series of theory classes complemented with laboratory practice, then move on to complete a 960 hour clinical externship where they apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom in off-campus clinical settings, under the direction of experienced professional Sonographers.
In the third and fourth academic years, students in the Sonography Bachelor’s program complete additional General Education coursework, and receive additional training in advanced areas of Sonography practice, including Echocardiography. They then choose one of two specialty tracks: Health Care Management or Vascular Sonography. The Health Care Management specialization introduces students to the management of organizations in the healthcare setting, and is designed to help students gain familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system; improve communication, analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills; and develop a solid foundation in business fundamentals. The Vascular Sonography specialization is designed to prepare students to sit for the Vascular portion of the ARDMS certification examination, and to seek entry level employment as a Sonographer familiar with the techniques required to conduct vascular examinations. Students choosing this specialization receive additional didactic education and complete an additional 600 hours of clinical experience in the specialized field of vascular sonography.
“I have loved this career for over 15 years, and am ecstatic Platt College has invested in the future of this highly fulfilling profession,” continued Buser. “Platt is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of education available, and we will strive to continue to grow our program into one of the region’s premier Ultrasound education options.”
Established in 1985 and currently located in Los Angeles and Ontario, California Platt College also offers other career focused programs in its Medical, Legal, and Graphic Design schools. The College is nationally accredited by ACCSC, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Flexible morning and evening classes at the College’s Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire campuses are offered. For more information please call (888) 80-PLATT (75288) or visit us at http://www.plattcollege.edu.