Program Goals and Outcomes

The goals of the ACC Sonography Programs respond to the expectations of the communities of interest served by the Programs: students, graduates, faculty, employers (institutions and physicians), patients, Austin Community College, and the profession of Sonography. Achievement of these goals is assessed through annual Program outcome data (graduate and employer surveys, ARDMS exam pass rates, and employment rates) which is reviewed relative to the THECB Guidelines for Programs in Workforce Education, the ACC Instructional Program Review and the annual Discipline Assessment Cycle, and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) Annual Report. The Sonography faculty and Advisory Committees review outcome reports annually and make recommendations for changes to the curricula if outcomes do not meet benchmark levels. On-going assessment of course content and structure is performed by the Sonography faculty through the use of end-of-course evaluations and ACC faculty evaluations. Specific goals include:

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains" and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains" and
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."
  • Maintenance of high academic and professional standards in students and graduates.
  • Meet or exceed CAAHEP Standards for program accreditation.
  • Provide for student retention during the program using a variety of methods and resources.
  • Serve as a resource for the clinical agencies in the Austin area.

Discipline Objectives/Minimum Expectations

At the conclusion of the student's selected course of study, he or she will

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform diagnostic quality general or adult cardiac, and vascular (as applicable) sonographic examinations.
  • Evaluate the normal, abnormal, and normal variant sonographic appearances of organs and structures of the abdomen, superficial structures, non-cardiac chest, and the gravid and non-gravid female pelvis or the adult heart and the vascular system (as applicable).
  • Be a skilled medical sonographer who actively applies acceptable principles and techniques within the fields of Diagnostic Medical or Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Technology throughout his or her career.
  • Be eligible to apply for, ready to take, and able to pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography specialty certification exams immediately upon graduation.

2014-2015 Outcomes

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

  • Attrition: 15% (7.5% academic and 7.5% health reasons)
  • Job Placement: 100%
  • Credential Success Rates
    • Abdominal/Superficial Structures: 100%
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology: 100%

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program

  • Attrition: 30% (10% academic, 10% health, financial and 10% relocation reasons)
  • Job Placement: 100%
  • Credential Success Rates
    • Adult Echocardiography: 100%

Vascular Technology Program

  • Attrition: 20% (6.5% academic and 13.5% financial reasons)
  • Job Placement: 100%
  • Credential Success Rate
    • Vascular Technology: 100%