After the admissions application, financial aid applications accepted, scholarship opportunities explored, and the books purchased, the first day of class eventually arrives for Diagnostic Medical Sonography students. The first day of class in a CAAHEP accredited sonography program represents a major step towards starting a rewarding and high paying career in the healthcare industry. Starting off the right way from day one is important and can make the college experience enjoyable rather than frustrating.
College programs are quite different from high school programs because students are now adults and expected to independently balance their schedules and complete the work required to succeed. Some students transition easily into the college environment, while others have difficulty adjusting to the heavy course and clinical training workload. Following are some tips for becoming an active student who embraces learning and progress.
A great way to learn terminology and application of sonography in the real world is to develop an immersive experience from day one. Reading professional journals dedicated to imaging and/or ultrasound, like “The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography” published by SDMS or the “Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine” published by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, can be extremely helpful. The journal articles connect learning with applied imaging techniques and reinforce material learned in the classroom or during the clinical training experience.
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No ultrasound student goes through a program alone. Students should support each other and learn from each other throughout the entire program. Following are some tips for enjoying the sonography program as a member of a focused student community.
Students starting the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program at the American Health Institute should remember that they were selected by a faculty committee because they were seen as having enormous capability to succeed.
Becoming a great student means:
Starting an ultrasound technician program the right way from day one is important. The program is intense, and falling behind is not an option. Be an active participant, network with faculty and students, and enjoy the educational experience. It is the only way to be a great student.
by Laura P.
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