United Hospital Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is an 18-month educational program that integrates didactic and clinical experiences.
Students participate in 40 hours of didactic and clinical education each week. All sonography education is scheduled from Monday through Friday and does not require attendance on weekends or holidays. Student sonographers are awarded three weeks of vacation during the 18-month training program – one week including Christmas, one week prior to Memorial Weekend, and one week prior to Labor Day Weekend. In addition, students are given personal and disability leave days.
As a prerequisite to admission, applicants must successfully complete an accredited program in radiologic technology and possess American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentials of R.T. (R) with an active status. Registry eligible applicants will be considered probationary and will be required to pass the ARRT certification examination in Radiography within the first 90 days of sonography training.
United Hospital Center’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography operates under the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Didactic courses and clinical rotations are conducted primarily at United Hospital Center; however, clinical rotations are also conducted at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV.
A completed application must be returned to the program office by February 1 of the year in which you want to enter the training program. Upon receipt of the completed application, the candidate will be contacted so that an interview may be scheduled. Interviews will be conducted in early March so that letters of notification to all candidates may be mailed by March 15.
Reference form letters must be completed by the two individuals who are listed on the application. Applicants who are employed in radiologic technology must provide one reference from a current supervisor or manager. A Program Director or faculty representative must provide one reference for applicants who are enrolled in radiologic technology programs. These completed references, along with other required documentation, may accompany the application or may be submitted independently, however only documentation received by March 1 will be evaluated during the admission process.
Students are selected based upon academic and professional transcripts and personal interviews. It is in the best interest of the applicant to be thorough in submitting academic and professional transcripts, as the system for selection will be point-based. Other required documentation will vary by applicant and is specified below.
United Hospital Center Diagnostic Training Programs
327 Medical Park Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
For a list of training programs and information about a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, visit www.sdms.org.