April 10, 2014
Gwinnett Tech Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Earns Accreditation
Gwinnett Tech's new Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org ) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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The Gwinnett Tech DMS program trains future sonographers to use imaging equipment which directs sound waves into the body in order to assess various medical conditions. Sonography is also used during pregnancy as a valuable diagnostic tool and provides patients the chance to see their unborn child..
Jim Sass, Dean of Health Imaging and Informatics, said the recent news is a milestone for Gwinnett Tech students. "We are proud of our program faculty, led by Kim Strong, program director and Elizabeth Drolz, clinic coordinator. Both worked tirelessly to achieve this accreditation."
The designation brings strong benefits to Gwinnett Tech students. "Our students will now automatically be eligible for national certification through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography," add Sass.
In a letter from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the agency commended the program for its "commitment to continuous quality improvement in education as demonstrated by participating in program accreditation."
Kim Strong, Diagnostic Medical Sonography program director, said those who graduate have "excellent career opportunities."
"Sonographers can apply for jobs throughout the United States," Strong said. "Eighty percent of our graduates have found local employment with 30 percent of those turning into full time positions."
Strong said that Gwinnett Tech's clinical partners have played a key role in the program's success. "They welcomed our program wholeheartedly and have vested themselves in the students, taking part in the education process," she said.
Partners include Medlock Imaging; Gwinnett Medical Center (Hospital, Breast Center, Women's Pavilion); GMC Outpatient Imaging Center; GMC-Duluth; North Fulton Hospital; Roswell Imaging; Northside Forsyth Hospital and Breast Center; Northside Alpharetta; NGHS Hospital; NGHS Riverplace; NGHS Dawsonville; CHOA Scottish Rite; Piedmont West; Clinica Materna; and SonoMed, Inc.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program started in January 2012, and the first class graduated in July 2013. The current class will graduate July 2014.
The program's initial five-year accreditation began in March 2014 and will expire March 2019, at which time it can be renewed.
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