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Train from industry experts to provide important patient care as a Sonographer in Ultrasound Technology 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 full time 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.
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:
[For international students there is a non-refundable application fee of $500.00]
Ultrasound Physics 1
Patient Care in Sonography
Abdominal Sonography 1
Sonography of the Female Pelvis
Abdominal Sonography 2
Generalist Scanning Lab
Obstetrical Sonography 1
Professional Interactions 1
Ultrasound Physics 2
Vascular Scanning Lab 1
Vascular Sonography 1
Obstetrical Sonography 2
Professional Interactions 2
Sonography of Superficial Structures
Ultrasound Physics 3
Vascular Sonography 2
Clinical Sonography 1
Clinical Sonography 2
Clinical Sonography 3
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% (120 hour course)
Meet English Proficiency requirements (one of the following):
Canadian Language Benchmarks
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
During your time on campus at MCG Career College you will be required to scan other students and students will scan you. This is imperative to provide you and your student colleagues the experience needed to meet the required competences of the program. Areas scanned will include, but are not limited to, the abdomen and pelvis, thyroid neck and arms, legs, etc.
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.
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.