Provide Important Patient Care As An Ultrasound Technician.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Overview.

Train from industry experts to provide important patient care as an ultrasound technician in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography involves using ultrasound equipment to use high-frequency sound waves to capture images of body organs, masses and fetuses at various stages of pregnancy. Sonographers are important members of a patient care team, assessing patients and ensuring accurate information is provided to the physician to confirm a diagnosis. Graduates will find themselves working in a hospital or private clinic setting.

A condensed, 80-week program, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered as a blended learning program, combining face-to-face instruction, with structured online learning components, allowing students to balance life commitments while advancing their education. This program has extensive on campus clinical training as well as hospital and clinic-based practicum placements (see below).

Students will learn everything from important anatomy and patient care to proper equipment-use, quality imaging and proper procedures for scanning. Small class sizes and a practicum component allow for a more focused learning environment for students to hone their skills and succeed in the profession.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Who should take this program?

Health care workers see people at their most vulnerable state. Empathy and compassion are important attributes for a Sonographer.

To be successful, we encourage students who have the following:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Critical thinker
  • Independent worker
  • Ability to quickly grasp technical components
  • Ability to learn detailed anatomy
  • Strong physical health, including upper body strength and good wrist dexterity
  • Excellent vision and hearing

Program dates.

Calgary – Accepting Applications

WINTER 2022

  • Start Date: March 28, 2022
  • End Date: October 27, 2023

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY, ANATOMY AND PHARMACOLOGY MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITE COURSE:

Calgary Evening:

  • Start Date:  September 14, 2021
  • End Date:  November 2, 2021
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • 5 pm to 9 pm each day
  • Tuition and Books:  $2,500.00

Calgary Daytime:

  • Start Date:  September 13, 2021
  • End Date:  January 11, 2022
  • Monday and Tuesday afternoons
  • 3 pm to 5 pm each day
  • Tuition and Books:  $2,500.00

Red Deer Daytime:

  • Start Date:  September 13, 2021
  • End Date:  January 11, 2022
  • Monday and Tuesday afternoons
  • 2 pm to 4 pm each day
  • Tuition and books:  $2,500.00

Program structure.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a blend of online, classroom and laboratory learning, with a hands-on practicum component (see below).

Domestic Student – Tuition costs.

Tuition fees for Domestic Students:

Total tuition cost (80-week program): $48,400.00

International Student – Tuition costs.

Tuition fees for International Students:

Total tuition cost (80-week program): $93,400.00

Entrance requirements.

Standard Admission Requirements

Completion of high school diploma, verified by official transcript, with a minimum of 75% in each of the following courses or equivalents:

Completion of MCG’s Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Pharmacology course with a minimum of 70% (60 hour course)

Meet English Proficiency requirements (one of the following):

Academic ranking

Interview with Dean or designate of MCG Career College

Applicants with prior MCG Career College credentials with a minimum 70% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist

Final selection is based on interview scores

Mature Admission:

OR

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All applicants will be interviewed by the Dean or designate of MCG Career College.

Applicants with prior MCG Career College credentials with a minimum 70% may be given special consideration for the interview short list.

All applicants: Final selection is based on interview and academic ranking.

Practicum Placement

To complete the program, components of the practicum will be required to be completed outside of Calgary and potentially outside of Alberta. Any costs associated with this, including but not limited to, transportation, housing, meals, etc., will be the sole responsibility of the student.

Police Information Check, inclusive of Vulnerable Sector Search

According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, clinical partners require a clear Police Information Check (PIC) including Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS).  Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student’s entry into practicum or even the program.  In cases where a PIC or VSS is not clear, the Dean will conduct a formal assessment to determine whether the student would be permitted to enter the program.

Standard First Aid with CPR Level C and AED

Students are required to provide proof of completion of the Standard First Aid with CPR Level C and AED course. Students need to maintain current certification throughout the program including practicum.

Computer Literacy

Students are required to be computer literate for success within this program. The program utilizes blended learning approaches and harnesses the benefits of technology throughout the program. This includes but is not limited to: word processing, spreadsheet creation, utilization of a learning management system, email management and web-based activities.

Health Requirements

This program may be difficult for students with arm, back, shoulder, wrist or neck problems due to the nature of activities required while performing the duties of a sonographer. College staff would be happy to discuss this with students that may have concerns in this area. We also encourage students to consult with their family physician.

Immunizations

Students are required to provide proof of immunization status. Without complete and acceptable immunization status practicum sites may refuse to accept students as per their organizational requiremets, which could prevent successful completion of the program.

National Examinations

To qualify for certification as a Generalist Sonographer, successful graduates of the MCG Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are required to successfully complete the two examinations that are administered by Sonography Canada. Their website provides detailed information regarding these examinations. Costs associated with this including but not limited to transportation, accommodation, meals, etc., will be the sole responsibility of the student.

Rules and Regulations

Please also read and agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations set out by the MCG Career College as posted on the website.

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