The curriculum is identical for all students, whether enrolled in the certificate program or the bachelor's degree option.

The challenging, high-quality curriculum for the program is designed with courses in a specific sequence, progressively building your expertise while advancing through the program. Some course work is delivered in a blended electronic and classroom format. Academic course work is coordinated with clinical rotations to optimize the learning experience.

Course sequence

Fall semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
SONO 3011 Foundations of Sonography 3
SONO 3111 Abdomen I Sonography 1
SONO 3121 Cross-Sectional Abdominal Anatomy 2
SONO 3201 Gynecologic Sonography 2
SONO 3311 Vascular Technology I 2
SONO 3301 Clinical Practicum I 3

Spring semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
SONO 3112 Abdomen II Sonography 3
SONO 3312 Vascular Technology II 3
SONO 3401 OB Sonography 2
SONO 3302 Clinical Practicum II 5

Summer semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
SONO 4301 Fetal Anomalies 2
SONO 3313 Vascular Technology III 1
SONO 3403 Concepts Review and Case Studies 2
SONO 3503 Superficial Sonography 2
SONO 4303 Clinical Practicum III 6

Fall semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
SONO 4111 Ultrasound Physics I 2
SONO 4201 Pediatric Sonography 1
SONO 3113 Abdomen III Sonography 2
SONO 4501 Research Project and Publication I 1
SONO 4401 Clinical Practicum IV 7

Spring semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
SONO 4112 Ultrasound Physics II 2
SONO 4502 Research Project and Publication II 1
SONO 4602 Professional Growth and Development 1
SONO 4802 Mock Exams 1
SONO 4401 Clinical Practicum V 8

Clinical rotations

During training, clinical rotations are provided in specialized areas of ultrasound, including abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular ultrasound, and vascular testing.

Students gain experience in Mayo Clinic's radiology, obstetrics and vascular ultrasound departments. During the last semester, students have the opportunity to participate in a clinical rotation at a Mayo Clinic Health System location.

During all clinical rotations, supervision is provided by highly qualified radiologists, obstetricians, vascular surgeons, sonographers and vascular technologists. Transportation and travel expenses for off-site locations are the responsibility of the student.

Grading or evaluation

Academic and clinical course work is graded on a 4.0 scale. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance, allowing students who are experiencing academic difficulty to be directed to appropriate support resources.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest quality training.

Feb. 28, 2017