Sonography is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses the echoes of high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to construct an image (sonogram) of internal organs or body structures.
The Saint Mary’s pre-sonography program is a four-year course of instruction that provides a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Pre-Sonography. Saint Mary’s is affiliated with the sonography training program at the highly regarded Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, based in Rochester, Minn.
Prior to a 21-month internship, students complete general education requirements and prerequisite courses at Saint Mary’s University (approximately two years of coursework). Acceptance to the clinical program at Mayo depends on the student’s academic achievement. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, the student receives a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s, a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
, and is eligible to take the certification exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images (sonograms) of structures inside the human body. Physicians interpret the images to make a medical diagnosis.
High School Preparation
High school coursework that will support a student in pursuit of a Biology Pre-Sonography degree includes experience in biology, chemistry, life science, and physiology and anatomy.
Enhance Your Experience
Students pursuing a degree in Biology Pre-Sonography often pursue a double major or minor in Biochemistry or Chemistry.