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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 registered for accreditation. The program is working closely with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to achieve active accreditation status by the summer of 2012.
Graduates of this program once accredited will be 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 hold the professional credentials offered by both organizations.
Students can expect to be assigned to one or more clinical sites outside Greater Vancouver at their own expense. These sites may include Vancouver Island, northern BC, and the BC interior. It may be possible for applicants with permanent residences outside of the lower mainland to access some clinical rotations in their home area.
Students are expected to have access to a computer with a high speed internet connection and printer, and be proficient in the use of 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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