The purpose of the clinical internship is to provide you with practical scanning experience on actual patients. Your experience in the classroom will be supplemented by participation in an internship where you will use your sonographic skills and techniques at multiple medical facilities in the metropolitan area. The internships will give you exposure to and experience in the primary areas of adult echocardiography, abdominal sonography and obstetrics and gynecological sonography. Additionally you may be able to have a limited internship in a subspecialty such as: pediatric echocardiography, non-invasive vascular sonography, musculoskeletal sonography, high-risk obstetrics or neurosonography.
Your internship will allow you to apply your didactic and scanning laboratory experience while acquiring real-world involvement in sonography. The Program meets the educational and internship prerequisite requirements of American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), allowing students to sit for the national registry examinations prior to graduation.
Long Island University’s Bachelor degree DMS program is a CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education) accredited program. Our clinical affiliates have met specific requirements and are able to provide excellent clinical practice. Each affiliate has its own unique philosophy and personality, and may have site-specific requirements that must be taken into account when scheduling an internship.
The actual clinical experience consists of supervised hands-on work with patients, discussion of cases with sonographers and physicians and exposure to a variety of duties necessary to function in a clinical facility engaged in sonography. State of the art equipment from various manufacturers is available at these sites for student use providing a broad professional experience.
The DMS Director of Clinical Education matches the student with the site. A great deal of time and effort is put into determining where the student is assigned taking into consideration the student’s aptitude and abilities. Students are not permitted to arrange their own clinical internships.
Assignment of clinical internships are based on the following:
- Availability of clinical sites that meet the required criteria.
- Student aptitude, interest, maturity and professionalism.
The clinical portion consists of four semesters and students are assigned to at least eight different laboratories. Students are expected to follow the Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinical Practice Standards, the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound and the Scope of Practice for Diagnostic Ultrasound Professional.
Under Federal Law, Long Island University’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program does not discriminate in the assignment of clinical internships based on family status, gender, race, religion, age, or other “protected class” factors.