In keeping with the mission of Global Institute of Health Science, the Sonography Programs are committed to providing students with a well-rounded education in the General Learning (Abdominal, Ob/Gyn, Superficial Structure) or Adult Echocardiography Concentrations and Vascular Sonography. The Sonography Programs include instruction in sonographic practices and principles and basic to advanced medical imaging skills intended to prepare the student for employment in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound. We are committed to assisting the student toward the greatest academic, personal, and professional potential through quality instruction and rigorous coursework. The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors needed to function effectively as a sonologist.


The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to provide didactic, laboratory and internship experience that prepare students to succeed after graduation. Creates the global standards of professional excellence in sonography.


To prepare competent entry-level general sonologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.The goals of the GISH 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 GISH 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 GISH 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.
• Provide for student retention during the program using a variety of methods and resources.
• 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.