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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:

  • Students will be able to:
  • 1. Understand the obligations of the Sonographer to patients, institution and self
  • 2. Explain the patient’s bill of rights
  • 3. Describe patient reactions to illness
  • 4. Discuss the safety considerations associated with patient care
  • 5. List the components of good body mechanics
  • 6. Describe the correct patient-transfer methods
  • 7. Discuss the care of patients with tubes or tubing
  • 8. Describe the sonographer’s role in emergency medical situations
  • 9. Discuss the Sonographer’s role in infection control
  • 10. Discuss the impact of cultural beliefs on diagnosis and treatment
  • 11. Discuss the value of Ethics and professionalism
  • 12. Understand the foundations for a professional job seeking process
  • 13. Understand the importance of woking within the sonographer’s scope of practice



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000