Sacramento Ultrasound Institute (SUI) prides itself on preparing its students for careers in allied health. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is the school’s oldest program, educating sonography students since 2001. In 2022, SUI also introduced the Cardiac Sonography program, the only cardiac sonography program in the greater Sacramento area.
So, what’s the difference between the two programs?
While BOTH programs will provide instruction on Anatomy and Physiology, Physics and Instrumentation, and Foundations of Sonography, the physiological focus will depend on the program. The Cardiac Sonography program’s preliminary classes will focus on understanding the heart in-depth, while the General program will provide a more whole-body approach.
After students have a foundational understanding of ultrasound and the body, classes will provide hands-on training. General Sonography students will cover the Abdomen & Small Parts, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Vascular/Arterial. Cardiac Sonography students will scan the heart.
Externships provide all students with real-world scanning experience focused on the student’s specialty focus.
What program sounds best to you? Our advice: focus on what excites you the most and pursue it!
Dr. Bashir Noori, Cardiac Program Director with SUI Cardiac Sonography Students