Sonography Program Spotlight

Boise State University

Boise State University, located in Boise, Idaho, holds the distinction of being the only CAAHEP accredited sonography program in the state. Led by Program Director Joie Burns, her team of four welcomes 8 new students each year to their program. As a Bachelor’s program, the curriculum is designed for students with a background in an allied health field to gain additional didactic and clinical skills in sonography.

The 12-month program is fast-paced and rigorous, building on the existing patient-care foundation and providing in-depth didactic and clinical education dedicated to ultrasound. Burns and her team emphasize the importance of certification throughout the duration of the program, discussing not only professional pride and patient safety, but job prospects and the ability to grow within the profession.

Burns and her team focus on excellence, propelling many of their students to be included on the Dean’s list and graduate with honor distinctions. They also have cultivated support throughout the community, with many local radiology groups and hospitals donating funds and equipment. In additional to the comprehensive requirements of a general sonography program, students are also exposed to a variety of other specialties, “When students graduate they are not only well versed in general sonography topics, but also have a strong foundation in peripheral and visceral vascular scanning,” said Burns.  

Boise State students have a 95% first-time pass rate on registry examinations, and many are able to obtain jobs prior to graduation. Burns finds this success to be one of the more rewarding aspects as a sonography educator, “I truly enjoy working with our students. They are some of the most thoughtful, responsible, and committed people I know. It’s wonderful to see their hard work pay-off and watch them blossom into great sonographers and realize their career goals. Additionally, it’s rewarding to know that I am contributing to improved patient care in our community through our graduates.”

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