Course of Study
2 years beginning in July with vacation during holiday periods.
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.
First Year Courses:
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Nursing Procedures and Methods of Patient Care
Cross Sectional Anatomy
Sonographic Procedures I–Abdominal Part A&B
Sonographic Procedures II–Ob/Gyn Part A&B
Introduction to Ultrasound Physics
Second Year Courses:
Advanced Sonographic Procedures
Sonographic Procedures III–Vascular
Sonographic Procedures IV–Adult Cardiac
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:
Cohen Children’s Center for Specialty Care
Eastern Long Island Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Long Island Community Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
Mercy Medical Center
Northwell Health Imaging
Northwell Health Great South Bay
NYU Langone Radiology- NRAD
South Nassau Communities Hospital
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
St. Charles Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
Stony Brook Imaging Center
University Hospital at Stony Brook
NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island
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.
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.
- Superficial structures
- Non-cardiac chest
- 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.
- The maximum time frame for course completion cannot exceed one and one-half times the course length (36 months).
- Fulfillment of program attendance requirements
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.
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.
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.
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, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Kerri Clements, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Jamie Noll, RDMS, RVT
Samantha Schneider, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Madalyn Lewand, RN
Rosemary Nagler, RN, BS, MSNed, Assistant Principal
Donna Cassano, Bursar, 631/261-3600 x275
Cheryl Bruckner, 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.