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Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound
901 12th Ave. P.O. Box 222000Seattle, WA 98122-1090
1020 East Jefferson
Seattle, WA 98122
Program Specific Policy
The purpose of clinical internship is to provide practical, "hands-on" experience in diagnostic ultrasound. In order to comply with ARDMS and JRC-DMS guidelines, clinical internship consists of a full calendar year (12 months) of full-time clinical experience (40 hours/week). Arrangements for clinical internship are made through the Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound by the Clinical Coordinator. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ARRANGE THEIR OWN CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS.
Students in the Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DIUS) program are subject to all academic policies set forth by Seattle University, the College of Science and Engineering, the information in the Seattle University Catalog,Diagnostic Ultrasound Student Handbook, Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinical Internship Handbook , including the following program specific requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound (BSDU).
Clinical experience can include education in general vascular ultrasound or cardiovascular ultrasound. Students study ultrasound specialty for the entire12 month period. Scheduling of clinical internship rotations will be based on the following criteria:
Internships are arranged for those students who meet the general criteria listed below.
As a CAAHEP program, all of our clinical affiliates meet specific requirements and are capable of providing excellent clinical experiences. Some of our affiliates have departments that perform cardiac, general, or vascular examination, but the majority performs one specialty. Each affiliate site has its own unique philosophy and personality, and may have "site-specific" requirements that need to be taken into consideration when scheduling a clinical internship rotation. Students and sites are matched by the Department's Clinical Coordinator. Every effort is made to take into consideration the students selection in a specific ultrasound specialty, and to make site assignments as convenient as possible.
Seattle University has excellent clinical affiliate sites in the greater Seattle area, as well as throughout Washington including sites as far north as Bellingham and as far south as Tacoma and Bremerton. Internship assignment in-state may require the student to provide their own transportation, or commute by bus or train. Before an internship arrangement is finalized, the student must interview with the Clinical Instructor and present transcripts for review. No site is obligated to accept a student or any particular student.
Students should strongly consider taking advantage of the opportunity to perform part, or all, of their clinical internship out of state. Seattle University is fortunate to have many excellent affiliate sites across the United States. Students are responsible for securing housing out of state, incurring all the costs of that housing and travel to and from out of state locations. Out of state student interns do not physically attend weekly seminar classes on campus. (Attendance through a web-based class Angel) All out of state student interns are visited by the Clinical Coordinator sometime during their rotations; however multiple evaluation visits are not scheduled. Due to conditions presented by distance locations, a student considering out of state internship must demonstrate superior understanding of didactic knowledge, professionalism, judgment, maturity, and work ethic. Students who earn an overall cumulative and ultrasound-specific GPA of 3.0 will be considered for out of state internship. Before an internship arrangement is finalized, a phone interview is necessary along with sending the Clinical Instructor a "Letter of Introduction", including transcripts. Each student is required to have a background check before starting their internship rotation
Seattle University does not carry general or professional insurance for its students. Students must obtain professional liability insurance through the SDMS prior to entering internship. This coverage holds for activity directly connected with clinical internship requirements while under the supervision of a clinical instructor. It does not cover the student while employed as a health care worker in any capacity. Therefore, student concurrent employment should inquire about coverage through the hiring agency. For more information on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession, go to the Society of Medical Sonography website at: www.sdms.org. Additional information regarding the National certifying examination can be found at the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' website. At this time, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, the curriculum content is based on the Standards and Guidelines set forth by (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). More information about program accreditation can be found at: www.caahep.org and www.jrcdms.org. The Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound has a limited number of clinical affiliate sites available in the Seattle area and in Washington State. Therefore, we do not guarantee that your 12 months of internship will be located in the Seattle area, or in Washington State.
For a list of the College of Science & Engineering Diagnostic Ultrasound Program Policies and Procedures please use this link and/or select from the list below for program specific policies.
Program Specific Policy
Clinical Internship Overview
Clinical Competency Guidelines
Clinical Internship Attendance Policy
Clinical Internship Dress Code Policy
Student Intern Performance Guidelines
Stopped Out Policy
SDMS Code of Ethics
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