Course of Study

Program Length

2 years beginning in July with vacation during holiday periods.


Daytime Classes

Students study full-time days.
Classes meet Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wilson Tech’s Northport campus.
Clinical experience provided in local medical offices and clinics. Hours vary depending on the facility and may include evenings and Saturdays.


Curriculum

First Year Courses:
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Nursing Procedures and Methods of Patient Care
Cross Sectional Anatomy
Medical Terminology
General Physics
Sonographic Procedures I–Abdominal Part A&B
Sonographic Procedures II–Ob/Gyn Part A&B
Medical Ethics
Introduction to Ultrasound Physics

Second Year Courses:
Departmental Administration
Advanced Sonographic Procedures
Sonographic Procedures III–Vascular
Sonographic Procedures IV–Adult Cardiac
Imaging Modalities
Ultrasound Physics
Breast Ultrasound

Clinical Affiliates

The clinical education in the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Western Suffolk BOCES is divided into approximately seven rotations. Students gain practical experience in all aspects of sonography as they rotate through a variety of clinical sites. During the program students may be assigned to any of the following:

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital
Franklin General Medical Center
Garden Ob/Gyn
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Huntington Hospital
J.T. Mather Memorial Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
Nassau Radiologic Group
Nassau University Medical Center
New York Cardiovascular Associates
North Shore LIJ Imaging

North Shore LIJ at New Hyde Park
North Shore LIJ at Plainview
North Shore LIJ at Syosset
North Shore University Hospital
Smithtown Vascular Laboratories
Southampton Hospital
Southside Hospital
St. Charles Hospital
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
University Hospital at Stony Brook
Winthrop University Hospital
Zwanger–Pesiri Radiology


Satisfactory Academic Performance

Western Suffolk BOCES wants all students to succeed in the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. To earn a certificate of completion, BOCES has established the following criteria for both attendance and academic progress that students must meet in the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Graduation Requirements
Criteria for successful completion of the program are:

Academic: A minimum grade of 75% or better must be maintained each subject.

Clinical: Student must achieve at least 75% in each of the following clinical competencies in order to satisfy graduation requirements. Each student will again be evaluated by means of clinical competencies. The clinical competencies will be administered after the student has completed the didactic, clinical, and laboratory experience in each subject.

  • Abdomen
  • Superficial structures
  • Non-cardiac chest
  • Obstetrics
  • Non-gravid and gravid pelvis: transabdominal and Endovaginal
  • Vascular: extracranial cerebrovascular, intracranial, extremity arterial(upper and lower), extremity venous (upper, lower) and abdominal.

Echocardiography Ultrasound Specialty: Western Suffolk BOCES is committed to upholding the standards of the profession. We aspire to instill in our students an obligation to the profession of Sonography by requiring that they commit to become registered in at least one Ultrasound specialty of their choice (which involves passing the specialty exam and the corresponding physics exam) upon graduation. The approximate cost for each registry exam is $250, therefore, it will cost $450 to become registered in one specialty.

Financial: Satisfaction of all financial obligations.

Attendance:

  • The maximum time frame for course completion cannot exceed one and one-half times the course length (36 months).
  • Fulfillment of program attendance requirements
Withdrawal Policy
Students withdrawing from the program must submit a letter to the Program Director. Upon receipt of a letter, a change of status will be instituted. A refund will be awarded according to the established refund policy only after the student ID badge has been turned into the Program Director.
Transfer Policy
BOCES does not accept credit(s) from other educational institutions. All BOCES programs must be successfully completed in entirety to obtain a certificate of completion.
Attendance
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography requires that students attend all classes and clinical days. Students are responsible for all material discussed in class and all assignments given. The policy regarding sick and vacation days is as follows:

  • Each student is allowed a maximum of 33.5 hours in Junior year and 36 hours in Senior year of excused absences which cannot be carried over to the next academic year. If a student reaches 19.5 hours of absence in Junior year and 21 hours of absence in Senior year, a warning letter will be issued. If a student reaches 26 hours of absence in Junior year and 28 hours of absence in Senior year, the student will be placed on probation. If a student exceeds the maximum number of hours allowed in either of the years, he/she will be immediately dismissed from the program.
  • Any lateness or leaving early will be charged quarter hourly ex. 10 minutes will be charged as 15minutes and 20 minutes will be charged as half an hour. Further recurrences and the student will be assigned mandatory make-up, or face possible dismissal from the program.

Faculty

The instructional staff includes medical, sonographic, nursing and academic faculty.
Dr. Mark Williams, MD, Medical Director
John Thomas, MS, BS.Ed, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT
Padmini Arora, MS, B.Ed, RDCS, RVT, RDMS
Kerri Clements, RDMS, RVT
Sallie-Jo Grabau, RMDS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS
Gina Griffin, RDCS, RDMS
Pat Gillen, RN
Rosemary Nagler, RN, BS, MSNed, Assistant Principal
Cheryl Bruckner, Bursar, 631/667-6000 x343
Diana Lang, Financial Aid, 631/261-3600 x214


Other BOCES Services

Student counseling through the Career Center.
Classes are available to help students prepare for the Pre-Entrance Examination.