Date of Completion

Fall 11-30-2017

Document Type

Campus Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz

Abstract

A performance gap was identified at the SonoBright Ultrasound Institute. It was determined that students are beginning their clinical rotations lacking basic patient care knowledge and are dissatisfied with the way in which the Introduction to Sonography course is presented. In order to have a positive and successful clinical experience, Diagnostic Medical Sonography students should have foundational patient care skills before beginning their clinical rotations. Research has indicated that experiential learning is beneficial for this type of training. A lab with hands-on practice and feedback would be added to this Introduction to Sonography course. The result would be a blended course with online modules and hands-on labs to practice and apply these skills. This should result in an increase in student and clinical preceptor satisfaction. A fictitious ultrasound school was created for the design of this course. The training was developed with the goal of providing the ultrasound students the opportunity to practice and apply important hands-on skills in lab. This would allow them to be more confident caring for patients when they begin their clinical rotations, resulting in an initial increase in time spent learning scanning techniques. The training developed could be customized and used at any formal ultrasound program. Since the training will not be immediately implemented, a summative evaluation will not be performed until the training has been adopted.

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