DUTEC 100 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography • 3 Cr.


This course will introduce the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Topics include the history and foundations of medical ultrasound; medical terminology; relevant ergonomics; and the role of sonography compared to other Imaging disciplines. Professionalism, communication, patient care, vitals, medical ethics, legal issues, scope of practice, certification, and accreditation are addressed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the obligations of the Sonographer to patients, institution and self.

  • Explain the patient’s bill of rights.

  • Describe patient reactions to illness.

  • Discuss the safety considerations associated with patient care.

  • List the components of good body mechanics.

  • Describe the correct patient-transfer methods.

  • Discuss the care of patients with tubes or tubing.

  • Describe the sonographer’s role in emergency medical situations.

  • Discuss the Sonographer’s role in infection control.

  • Discuss the impact of cultural beliefs on diagnosis and treatment.

  • Discuss the value of Ethics and professionalism.

  • Understand the foundations for a professional job seeking process.

  • Understand the importance of woking within the sonographer’s scope of practice