Fort Wayne, Ind. – Indiana University Fort Wayne announced this week the addition of a new sonography focus for students interested in Medical Imaging. Beginning Fall of 2020, students can take prerequisite courses for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging with a focus on the primary pathway of Sonography. The program currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging with a focus on the primary pathway of Radiography and the opportunity for students to study a post-primary pathway such as CT, MRI and Mammography.
The program, administered through the IU School of Medicine, will integrate an outstanding IU baccalaureate academic education with comprehensive hands-on clinical experience. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of general sonography and will be prepared to perform medical diagnostic sonography exams in a variety of settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and more following graduation.
“The program is designed to promote the transfer of theory into practice as students apply their classroom and laboratory learning in an actual healthcare setting,” said Cheri Duncan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences. “The clinical education portion of the program will be conducted in hospitals, clinics and physician offices to provide students with supervised, hands-on sonography experience in a variety of ultrasound areas including general, OB/GYN, and vascular.”
The field of medical sonography is expected to continue to evolve rapidly, and the demand for highly skilled sonographers is expected to continue to grow due to the dependency of many healthcare providers on quality images as part of the diagnosis and treatment of patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical sonographers is projected to grow by 17 percent from 2016 to 2026.
The new sonography option will also address the recurring high demand from potential students for a sonography program and is another opportunity for interprofessional collaboration with the School of Medicine on the Point of Care Ultrasound initiative in providing ultrasound education for medical students.
“The addition of the sonography program will bring sonography faculty on staff at IU Fort Wayne, allowing the certified sonographers to share their expertise in supporting the ultrasound education and training for medical school students enrolled at the IU Fort Wayne School of Medicine,” said Duncan.
For more information on Indiana University Fort Wayne’s Medical Imaging program, please visit https://iufw.edu/medical-imaging/.
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