On October 31, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona’s GateWay Community College opened the Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinic. Offering sonography (ultrasound) and physical therapy services to the surrounding community, “it’s the first and only pro bono clinic on a community college campus in Maricopa County and the only ultrasound program in the country that’s offering services like it,” states a GateWay press release from November 1st.
Clinical Experience for Sonography Students
Students enrolled in GateWay’s Diagnostic Medial Sonography and Physical Therapy Assisting programs are providing the services under the direction of the school’s faculty. The program was piloted last spring with huge success. In April 2013, it was awarded one of the Maricopa Community Colleges Innovation of the Year awards for 2012-2013. The HUG Clinic meets all state health standards, is a licensed healthcare facility and is affiliated with Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS).
“Students currently pursuing a career in [ultrasound and physical therapy] can only participate in clinical practice after completing an entire didactic semester,” states the HUG Clinic website. “The HUG Clinic provides more opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the program, allowing students to integrate course learning by treating patients instead of role-playing case studies with peers. The benefits of ‘real’ patient interaction include; improved interpersonal communication, critical-thinking skills and improved depth of understanding of didactic materials.”
GateWay’s Ultrasound Education Programs
GateWay’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) which works in conjunction with the Joint Review Commission of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
GateWay offers both Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Each offers a clinical component for students to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Not only is this a valuable form of deep learning; it also allows students to gain training hours towards those required for certification through the ARDMS. (Graduates who successfully complete the ultrasound program at GateWay are eligible to write the ARDMS’ Abdomen and OB/GYN credentialing exams).
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