DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Misericordia University recently recognized the 15th graduating class from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program and the second cohort from the Bachelor of Science degree program during the annual Sonography Recognition Ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Twelve students completed the rigorous 18-month certificate 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 are Erin Baltusavich, West Wyoming; Danielle Blair, Honesdale; Amanda Bounds, Elmira, New York; Jayne Confalone, Allentown; Alondra Fernandez, Hazleton; Kayla Krasnavage, Wilkes-Barre; Kelsey Manning, Parkesburg; Tonya Ossowski, Plains Twp.; Theodosia Schneider, Otis, Maine; Michelle Shehested, Kings Park, New York; Paige Shaugnessy, Apalachin, New York, and Shannon Young, Hardwick, New Jersey.

Rebecca Flick, Allentown; Kristine Holdorf, Freehold, New Jersey; Danielle Owens, Mattydale, New York; Kristin Petruzelli, Howell, New Jersey, and Cara Spector, West Deptford, New Jersey will receive their entry-level Bachelor of Science degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography during the spring commencement ceremony 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.