This course is designed to provide an overview of diagnostic medical sonography and the role of the sonographer in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices, and policies of the health care organizations will be examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the sonographer. Ergonomic principles of the sonographic profession to minimize and/or prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) will be discussed. Basic patient care and comfort principles, practices and policies will be discussed to include the Patient's Bill of Rights, Standard Precautions and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The student will be required to complete heart code CPR certification.45 contact hours.