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This diploma program is two years (27 months) in length. The program includes theory, labs and clinical training in sonography of the abdomen, superficial structures, male pelvis, pregnant and non-pregnant female pelvis, vascular tree (carotids and veins) and heart. The sonographic specialties are supported by instruction in physical principles and instrumentation, patient care, communication, human behaviour, and research principles.
The BCIT Sonography program is accredited with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Graduates of this program are eligible to write the examination(s) of the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and to hold the professional credentials offered by both organizations.
Students are advised that travel to clinical placements at their own expense is required. Students are asked to identify site preferences, but it may not be possible to accommodate all requests. All students will be assigned to at least one placement site outside of the lower mainland (Vancouver Island, northern or interior BC). Some lower mainland students may be required to attend placements that are lengthy commutes from their homes, or difficult to access by bus, yet still considered a local placement. It may be possible for applicants with permanent residences outside of the lower mainland to access some clinical placements in their home area.
Students are expected to have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a printer, and to be proficient in the use of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Graduates in this dynamic allied health field will assume an important role in maintaining high-quality patient care using this diagnostic imaging technique. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, commercial areas, and research. Most graduates work on a casual basis initially, moving into full-time employment. Salaries for sonographers, based on the current HSA scale, range from $28 to $35 per hour.
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