The University of Findlay’s Sonography Program has earned national accreditation following a rigorous review, which designates it as one of only three Ohio higher learning institutions that offer bachelor’s degrees in this discipline to earn the status.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a division of the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, provided the approval.
Being accredited not only gives the program more prestige, but allows UF sonography students to earn their certifications prior to graduation, making them more marketable to employers and positioning them to earn higher salaries, according to program Director Susan Perry, M.Ed., RDMS.
During site visits, committee representatives “were truly wowed with what we have to offer our students,” Perry said. “We were essentially a perfect fit for the gold standard in sonography programs.”
The program, which started in spring 2015, offers three areas of study, including diagnostic medical sonography, vascular sonography and echocardiography. Instruction takes place at the University’s Diagnostic Services Department at 401 Trenton Ave. Renovated space includes classrooms, a laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment. Students also have 45 healthcare sites across the country to choose from when attending the clinical education component of the program.
Perry credited “excellent faculty with years of experience” and supportive administrators with enabling accreditation. “It sets our programs apart from other programs, not only locally, but in the state of Ohio and in the nation,” she noted.
The Sonography Program is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents.