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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne | Limited Enrolment

Cambrian's accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Ultrasound program will prepare you for entry-level roles in hospitals, medical clinics, and private industry. You'll enjoy wide ranging job opportunities, a higher than average salary, and a career where you'll be making a difference in the lives of patients.

You will learn to safely use scanning equipment and imaging techniques to produce images of a body part or system, skills that can be required throughout the different departments of a clinical facility including the trauma unit, operating room, and intensive care area, as well as the diagnostic imaging department.

To graduate from this program, you must demonstrate scanning abilities at a level of competency defined by Sonography Canada and within the timelines set out in the curriculum. Also, you will be expected to rotate to one or more sites during your placement component.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • 3 placements
  • One of only four colleges in Ontario to offer this program
  • Hands-on experience working on the latest equipment in Cambrian's ultrasound lab and three hospitals
  • Grads are eligible to apply to write The Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and/or the American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification examinations

Fieldwork/Placement

You must participate in a relevant clinical experience during the program. Clinical experience is gained at a variety of affiliate hospitals throughout Canada. You must be financially prepared to relocate and support yourself away from Sudbury for the clinical semesters. You will be assigned a clinical site with rotations and additional clinical sites arranged at the discretion of the clinical partners' clinical coordinator.

Success in the clinical placement component is mandatory for success in the program. Failure to demonstrate scanning competency at clinical placement will result in a failure and exit from the program.

Accreditation

Cambrian's program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

Registration to Practice

Upon successful completion of the program, you will have met all of the competencies in the National Competency Profiles established under CARDUP, and thereby be eligible to write the CARDUP (Canadian Association of Registered Ultrasound Professionals) and/or ARDMS (American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification examinations. As a graduate, will also have the opportunity to become a member of several professional diagnostic ultrasound associations.

Sonography Canada is the professional certification body for diagnostic medical sonography in Canada. Sonography Canada develops, maintains, and delivers the national certification examinations for sonography in Canada.  You may be able to access the clinical assessment examination while in the latter stages of your program or as a graduate.

Sonography Canada is the amalgamation of the Canadian Association of Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) is the professional services society for diagnostic sonographers in Canada. Sonography Canada supplies professional services and liability coverage to Canadian sonographers including the Continuing Professional Development program which manages ongoing professional education for members.

Limited Enrolment – 30 seats available

Please note that possession of the requirements specified does not guarantee admission. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 physics (C), (U)

Please note: A minimum of 70% is required in each prerequisite courses

Recommended:

  • computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements

  • Fit mask testing prior to clinical placement
  • Current WHMIS training certificate prior to clinical placement
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate prior to clinical placement
  • Immunization in accordance to the Ontario Hospitals Act
  • Release and waiver for practicum placements, physical requirements and ultrasound scanning

Sonography Canada is the professional certification body for diagnostic medical sonography in Canada. Sonography Canada develops, maintains, and delivers the national certification examinations for sonography in Canada. Students may be able to access the clinical assessment examination while in the latter stages of their program or as a graduate.

Sonography Canada is the amalgamation of the Canadian Association of Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) is the professional services society for diagnostic sonographers in Canada. Sonography Canada supplies professional services and liability coverage to Canadian sonographers including the Continuing Professional Development program which manages ongoing professional education for members.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have met all of the competencies in the National Competency Profiles established under Sonography Canada, thereby eligible to write the CARDUP (Canadian Association of Registered Ultrasound Professionals) and/or ARDMS (American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification examinations. Graduates will have the opportunity to become a member of several professional diagnostic ultrasound associations.

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Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Spring 2018
Semester 6 - Fall 2018

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 1001Anatomy Physiology 3
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
USP 1001Sonography Lab Practice I 2
USP 1106Principles of Sonographic Physics I 4
USP 1110Fundamentals of Scanning 3
USP 1116Abdominal Ultrasound I 4
The following General Education course:  3
Health Wellness 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
BIO 1250Sonographic Anatomy Physiology II 3
USP 1003Sonography Lab Practice II 2
HEA 1022Canadian Health Care 3
USP 1007Obstetrics and Gynecology I 4
USP 1008Vascular Scanning 4
USP 1206Principles of Sonographic Physics II 4
USP 1216Abdominal Scanning II 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Introduction To Gerontology 3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 3
LAW 1001Health Legislation Prof. Practice 3
USP 1005Vascular Scanning II 3
USP 1006Sonography Lab Practice III 2
USP 2105Principles/Sonographic Physics III 2
USP 2131Obstetrics and Gynecology II 4
USP 2141Musculoskeletal Sonography 3
USP 2145Neurosonography 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
USP 2240Pathology and Anomalies I 1
USP 1009Clinical Practicum I 26
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 5
USP 3140Pathology Anomalies II 1
USP 1010Clinical Practicum II 26
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 6
USP 3240Pathology Anomalies III 1
USP 3250Comprehensive Exam 1
USP 1011Clinical Practicum III 26
 Term Credits: 28
 Total Credits: 153

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $6,694.70. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1,500 for the first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, and private industry.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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