Sonography Lab Volunteer Sessions
Who can volunteer? Anyone who is willing to assist the Sonography students with their education and training.* You are the “patient” for the session!
* Individuals with a medical complaint (current health problem) are not accepted and should seek medical care from a licensed healthcare provider.
Types of scans performed in the Sonography labs include:
- DCS Program scans: adult heart (echocardiogram)
- DMS Program scans: abdominal organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, vessels), female pelvis (uterus, ovaries), and pregnancy (Contact the DMS Clinical Coordinator for special requirements for obstetric scan volunteers.)
- VT Program scans: arteries and veins throughout the body (carotid arteries, leg arteries, arm arteries and veins, abdominal arteries and veins)
Volunteer sessions are one hour in length. All volunteers are scanned by experienced, credentialed faculty members as well as a student or students who are in various stages of sonography education.
When you arrive for the volunteer session, you will complete highlighted portions of your Sonography Waiver form. At the end of the session, you will receive the yellow copy of the Waiver form. You should retain your copy of the Waiver form for extra credit documentation.
If you plan to apply to a Sonography program, you will receive a Tracking Sheet for your volunteer session that you will submit with your a documents. You must bring your Tracking Sheet to each and every appointment, or you will not receive volunteer session credit on the Applicant Ranking Worksheet.
Sonography student labs are non-diagnostic; the scans are not “read” by a physician.
You will role-play as a “patient” with health problems or complaints so that our students can develop patient communication skills. Please follow the instructions of the faculty in the lab for your role as a “patient.”
You will be asked to change out of your clothing and put on a patient gown for many types of scans and parts of your body will be uncovered as needed for scans; the student will maintain your privacy as your scan is performed. You may be scanned by one or two students during the one-hour session.
Volunteers are crucial for the Sonography students to learn and practice their skills in the On-Campus clinical sessions. Any volunteer (applicant, extra-credit, or other) who does not keep his/her appointment and who does not call ahead of his/her appointment date & time to reschedule is considered a No Call, No Show and he/she will NOT have that appointment rescheduled. Applicants: this will result in a loss of points on your Applicant Ranking Worksheet.
Round Rock Campus, Building 3000, Room 3228 (second floor):
- Cardiac and Vascular Sonography: contact the DCVS Clinical Coordinator at (512) 223-0294 for times and appointments for the Diagnostic Cardiac and Vascular Program sessions.
- DCS days: Monday and Wednesday (various times)
- VT: Tuesday (various times)
Eastview Campus, Building 9000, Room 9203 (second floor):
- Medical and Vascular Sonography: contact the DMVS Clinical Coordinator at (512) 223-5945 for times, appointments, and scan preparations for the Diagnostic Medical and Vascular Program sessions
- DMS days: Monday and Wednesday (various times)
- VT days: Tuesday and Thursday (various times)
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