DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Misericordia University recently recognized the 14th graduating class from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program and the first graduating class from the Bachelor of Science degree program during the annual Sonography Recognition Ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Thirteen students completed the rigorous 18-month academic program, which includes classroom and clinical instruction. The sonography program – more commonly referred to as ultrasound – is for adult or non-traditional learners who possess the necessary pre-requisites. The program offers a convenient and predictable schedule with alternating weekend classes and a weekday clinical component. Classes begin every August.

Students who completed the certificate program in March, included Emily Barrett, Clarks Green; Penny Briggeman, Jim Thorpe; Alexis Burkavage, Honesdale; Kristy Gruner, Hunlock Creek; Hailey Hoherchak, Jim Thorpe; Amy Jackson, Wilkes-Barre; Amanda Jamison, Elmira, N.Y.; Paige Kirkner, Allentown; Autumn Kubicki, Wilkes-Barre; Brynn Lehatto, Tamaqua; Amber Santiago, Campbell Hall, N.Y.; Devan Sweeney, Barnesville, and Felicia Tryba, Hanover Twp.

Jennifer Carey of Hawley and Jessica Giuliano of Broadheadsville will become the first graduates from the entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography when they receive their degrees in May.

Misericordia has the region’s only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The bachelor’s degree program was developed due to inquiries from students who sought a four-year degree and a traditional collegiate experience. The program also provides greater career mobility compared to associate- or certificate-credentialed professionals; the advantages of a liberal arts degree, and an academic program geared toward traditional students.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded accreditation to the Misericordia University Sonography Program. Sonographers perform a diagnostic medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce dynamic visual images of human organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work in various medical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology or ophthalmology.

For more information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor of Science degree or certificate programs at Misericordia University, please contact Sheryl E. Goss, M.S., R.T.(R)(S), R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., R.V.T., F.S.D.M.S., chair, at (570) 674-6790 or sgoss@misericordia.edu. For more information about the sonography programs at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/dms.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2018 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.