8 October 2014
An Ultrasound Decision
“According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers should grow faster than average for all occupations through 2016” (The Top 100: The Fastest-Growing Careers for the 21st Century 130). The field of ultrasound imaging is growing rapidly, and, consequently, the demand for certified professionals. My genuine pursuit of a career as an ultrasound technologist only began recently, which is why I returned to Delta College. I wanted a career that suited my skill set, while also challenging me, and allowing me to be of service to other people. I enjoy studying the different fields of science, and the medical field has always intrigued me. After a little research, I chose to become an ultrasound technologist. The research for this paper has only affirm my decision and presented me with a better perspective of my future career. The main sources I used to do my research are: Delta College Career Center, Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences Pamphlet, Diane Feneck’s transfer presentation, and my interview with Tiffany Kamerer, an ultrasound technician at Lodi Memorial Hospital. The Delta College Career Center is an excellent source for students to research and collect information on their aspiring careers. During my visit, I learned that ultrasound technologists go by many names, including: “diagnostic medical sonographer, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, echo ultrasound technologist” (EUREKA 1). Some correspond with a specialty, and the others are just another way to refer to ultrasound technologists. According to Eureka, the only computerized California based career information system, “Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to get a two-dimensional picture recording of the human body” (1). Diagnostic medical sonographers must be able to operate ultrasound equipment as well as assist the physician in diagnosing diseases and failures of the organs. The person desiring to become a medical diagnostic sonographer should be detail oriented, possess good interpersonal skills, and communicate well with patients and other health professionals (The U.S. Department of Labor 381). As far as education is concerned, there are many different sonography programs offered in both colleges and universities. There are both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from one to four years.
My second source was Diane Feneck’s presentation on transferring to a four-year college. In her presentation, Diane provided me with all the necessary tools to successfully move on in furthering my education. She listed three key points to focus on to ensure that success: know the GE requirements of the chosen school, know the admission requirements of said school, and, most importantly, choose and prepare for chosen major. Although a degree in sonography does not require me to go to a four-year university, her recommendation to research and prepare for my chosen field is very applicable. During the entire presentation, Diane frequently recommended meeting with a counselor to assist in creating your GE map. GE map simply refers to laying out courses needed to fulfill those GE requirements. She stressed that discovering what courses are needed to fulfill these requirements can be grueling and complicated, and the presence of a counselor is almost always necessary. The prerequisites that must be completed prior to submitting an application to the sonography program are: human anatomy & physiology with a lab, college algebra, written communication, oral communication, general physics, medical terminology, and introduction to computers (Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences Pamphlet 34). She also implored all students to investigate all the possibilities of getting financial aid, even adding that all college students should apply for FAFSA each year.
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