ULTDF-DP Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Ultrasound

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDR-1022Medical Terminology
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This course is a self-study course. The course focuses on study of prefixes, suffixes, combining forms from which medical terms are derived. Medical abbreviations are also included.

ULTR-1000Abdominal Sonography 1
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This course introduces abdominal sonography and abdominal scan technique. It is designed to enable to the student to recognize and understand the normal anatomy, physiology, and sonographic appearance of the great vessels, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and adrenals. Pancreatic pathology will also be introduced.

ULTR-1001DMS Physics 1
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This course introduces the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.  The following topics will be covered: sonographic terminology, the physics of sound, pulsed ultrasound, sound amplitude, power and intensity, sound attenuation, the interaction of sound in tissue, diagnostic ultrasound transducers, ultrasound sound beams and focusing, spatial and temporal resolution, real-time scanning and real-time timing, and ultrasound instrumentation.

ULTR-1002Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography 1
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This course will begin with an introduction to the basic principles of gynecological and obstetrical ultrasound. The normal female pelvis and menstrual cycle will be introduced, followed by an overview of abnormalities to the female reproductive tract including pathology and congenital anomalies. Various miscellaneous topics of sonographic interest including IUCDs and infertility will also be discussed. Obstetrical topics covered will include normal early pregnancy as well as fetal posture.

These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-1003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 1, ULTR-2003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 2, and ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3.      

ULTR-1003DMS Techniques Laboratory 1
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This lab course will introduce basic principles of ultrasound scanning.  The course will cover abdominal vessels, pancreas, biliary system, liver, kidneys, bladder, spleen, female and male pelvis, history taking, as well as ergonomics. 

These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-2003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 2 and ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3, as well as the clinical practicum.

ULTR-1004Vascular Sonography 1
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This is an introductory course to vascular ultrasound. It will introduce the student to ultrasound investigation of the carotid arteries and the peripheral veins. This course is NOT designed to prepare the student to pass the certification exams in Vascular Ultrasound (either Sonography Canada or ARDMS). These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-2003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 2 and ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3, as well as clinical practicum.

ULTR-1005DMS Clinical Practicum 1
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This clinical course will apply all the skills learned in DMS techniques Laboratory 1, 2, and 3, as well as all didactic knowledge obtained in terms 1, 2 and 3 to a clinical setting.  

The focus in Term 4 is to build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and to apply them in a clinical setting. The main focus of this course will be introduction to scanning patients and visualizing pathology previously learned didactically. It will also reinforce and strengthen patient care skills, history taking, writing technical impressions, presenting cases to a radiologist, and overall patient management.

ULTR-1009Human Workplace Relations 1
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This course is designed to develop the student’s awareness and demonstration of safety practices when performing ultrasound exams and transporting equipment. It will identify the principles and application of Routine Practices, Medical Techniques, patient care, patient transfers, cultural awareness, and ethics and professionalism as per Sonography Canada.

ULTR-2000Abdominal Sonography 2
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This course builds upon the material in ULTR-1000. It is designed to enable to the student to recognize and understand the sonographic appearance of pathologies of the liver, portal system, spleen, kidneys, bladder, scrotum, prostate, retroperitoneum, adrenals, GI tract, thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary glands.

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ULTR-2001DMS Physics 2
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This course builds upon the content in ULTR-1001 covering the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography. Specific topics covered included Instrumentation, Doppler, Artifacts, Quality Assurance, and Bioeffects.  

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ULTR-2002Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography 2
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This course will expand on the topics introduced in ULTR-1002 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography 1. Topics covered will normal fetus, normal extra-fetal anatomy, biometry and fetal growth, pregnancy failure, ectopic pregnancy, and abnormal fetus. These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-2003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 2, and ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3.

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ULTR-2003DMS Techniques Laboratory 2
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This lab course will introduce basic principles of ultrasound scanning. The course will cover thyroid, scrotum, early obstetrics, late obstetrics, as well as an introduction to vascular examinations such as lower extremity venous scanning and carotid ultrasound. These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3, as well as clinical practicum.

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ULTR-2004Vascular Sonography 2
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This course builds upon ULTR-1004. It will focus on the pathologies of the extracranial arteries and the peripheral veins. This course is NOT designed to prepare the student to pass the certification exams in Vascular Ultrasound (either Sonography Canada or ARDMS).

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ULTR-2005DMS Clinical Practicum 2
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This clinical course will apply all the skills learned in DMS Clinical Practicum 1, lab techniques, and all Didactic knowledge obtained in the college and continue to apply them in a clinical setting.

The course will cover all the topics covered in DMS Clinical Practicum 1. The main component of this course will be building on the skills in DMS Clinical Practicum 1 such as: scanning, pathology, taking a patient history, writing technologist impressions, presenting case to a radiologist, and dealing with patients and their family.

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ULTR-2009Human Workplace Relations 2
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This course is designed to complement the material taught in Term 1 and provide the students with tools/techniques they can utilize in their hospital training and future roles as sonographers. The content in this course will cover Department communication procedures and how to handle an emergency situation; Differing hospital codes; Aseptic techniques; Geriatrics and Pediatrics; Communication skills; Sensitive practices; Recognizing signs of sexual abuse, Ethics and Professionalism as per Sonography Canada.

ULTR-3000Abdominal Sonography 3
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This course builds upon the material in ULTR-1000 and ULTR-2000. It is designed to enable to the student to recognize and understand the sonographic appearance of the normal anatomy and pathologies of the breast, abdominal wall, chest, diaphragm and abdominal vessels.

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ULTR-3002Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography 3
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This course will expand on the topics introduced in ULTR-2002 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography 2. Topics covered will be extra-fetal abnormalities, multiple pregnancy, maternal disorders affecting pregnancy, antepartum fetal assessment, and prenatal diagnosis. These topics will be reinforced in ULTR-3003 DMS Techniques Laboratory 3.

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ULTR-3003DMS Techniques Laboratory 3
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This lab course will cover an introduction to breast ultrasound, arm veins, appendix and advanced abdominal skills. The course will also focus on final preparation for the clinical rotations with an emphasis on professionalism and guidance on writing technologist impressions and presenting cases to a radiologist. These topics will be reinforced in clinical practicum 1.

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ULTR-3004DMS Clinical Practicum 3
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This clinical course will apply all the skills learned in DMS Clinical Practicum 1 & 2, lab techniques, and all Didactic knowledge obtained in the college and continue to apply them in a clinical setting.

The main component of this course will be focused on scanning as a sonographer, integrating all of the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to scan as an entry level sonographer. Emphasis will be on completing cases effectively and in a timely manner to prepare you for the Sonography Canada competencies (CCSAs) which are a requirement for completing the program.

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ULTR-9000Diagnostic Medical Sonography Learn
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This is an on-line shell to provide diagnostic medical sonography students with additional resources that may be useful during their two years in the program.

ULTR-9000Diagnostic Medical Sonography Learn
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This is an on-line shell to provide diagnostic medical sonography students with additional resources that may be useful during their two years in the program.

ULTR-9000Diagnostic Medical Sonography Learn
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This is an on-line shell to provide diagnostic medical sonography students with additional resources that may be useful during their two years in the program.

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