Students receive didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences in the university’s laboratories and through a clinical education system. Clinical education sites are located as far as three hours from GVSU. Students must have transportation available to these sites.
Students should be aware that prior to the beginning of their clinical courses, they must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including but not limited to a criminal background check, finger printing, and drug screening. It is the responsibility of the student to comply. If there is illegal activity in the background check/finger printing, or if there is evidence of one or more prohibited substances in the drug test, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a student’s placement, a factor which may negatively impact a student’s ability to progress in the Cardiovascular Sonography (CVS) Program.
Sonographers are in demand and find employment in a variety of settings, including clinics and physician offices, traveling ultrasound services, research institutions, and hospitals. To find sonography-specific positions, search the following resources:
Students working toward a B.S. degree in Cardiovascular Sonography from GVSU become eligible for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations specific to the concentrations completed. Eligibility for ARDMS examinations is achieved upon completion of 1680 contact hours (which occurs in November or December of the senior year before graduation the following April). Graduation is not contingent on passing ARDMS examinations.
Individuals who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or charged with or convicted of a crime may not be eligible for national certification by the ARDMS. Student are strongly advised to work the ARDMS for pre-application review of eligibility for certification from their website or call 301-738-8401 for more information.