Sonography Program Garners Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Accreditation
Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program recently garnered accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions, in the areas of Abdominal-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
This accreditation ensures that both current and future diagnostic medical sonography students at OFTC are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national registries in the specialties of Abdominal-Extended and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology up to 60 days before program completion.
Students are allowed to take the Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) national registry once they complete the Ultrasound Physics course. By satisfactorily completing the SPI exam and one specialty exam, students could potentially graduate as a nationally registered sonographer. Some employers require an employee to graduate from an accredited program, and by passing this national certification, the sonographer would use the credentials RDMS.
“This accreditation is something we are truly proud of,” shared Jennifer Eiland, Program Director of OFTC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. “Accreditation allows our students to have all the choices available to them.”
“Students can be confident that by being accredited, our program has been evaluated by a national peer review and meets the national standards of education for sonography,” she added.
The college’s first cohort of Diagnostic Medical Sonography students completed the program in December of 2021 and those students were eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Sonography registry. The students that took the exam are nationally registered through this organization.
“The sonography field is constantly changing,” Eiland said. “The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is considered the gold standard to become nationally registered, and it was once the only choice. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists now has several sonography specialties boards to choose from and gives our students more options to be nationally registered.”
OFTC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a competitive, six-semester program once accepted, taught on the Dublin Campus. To learn more about admissions requirements, please visit the college’s website, OFTC.edu.