Misericordia Prof Continues to Lead in Medical Sonography

Sheryl Goss, M.S., R.T.(R.)(S.), R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., R.V.T., chair and assistant professor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Misericordia University, has been re-elected as secretary for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Board of Directors and chosen to as the chair-elect for the Joint Review Committee for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

Sheryl Goss

The Hunlock Creek, Pa., resident served as secretary for SDMS from 2009-2011 and was recently inducted to serve the 2011-2013 term. SDMS is the largest professional society dedicated to sonographers with more than 23,000 members nationally and internationally.

Goss also recently was elected to the chair-elect position for JRCDMS, the committee of review for sonography education program accreditation for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Goss will serve as chair-elect through 2013 and become chair in the fall of 2013 and serve through 2015.

Misericordia University offers an entry level 18-month certificate program as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in diagnostic medical sonography to enable professionals in the field to advance their education and career paths. The certificate program is available under part-time admissions while the bachelor program is available through the Expressway Accelerated Degree Program.

Diagnostic medical sonography is more commonly referred to as ultrasound. The certificate program prepares the graduate to practice in abdominal and obstetrical and gynecologic sonography. The BS program offers on-line education in advanced vascular sonography, advanced fetal and pediatric sonography and breast sonography. The degree offers preparation for additional credentialing in multiple specialties along with a liberal arts curriculum that helps students develop a global perspective in the ever-changing health care profession.

The Expressway Accelerated Degree Program is offered through the Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education. The popular format is designed to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in as little as two and a half years at an affordable $350 per credit, while also providing a flexible schedule of evening, weekend and online classes to fit the busy lifestyle of the adult learner.

The Misericordia Expressway Program was established in 1999 by offering bachelor's degree courses one day a week at the Luzerne County Community College campus in Nanticoke. The program has expanded over the years and also is offered now at the LCCC Hazleton Center in Hazleton, Pa.; the LCCC Center in Shamokin, Pa.; the Lackawanna College Center in Hazleton, Pa.; the Northampton County Community College Monroe Campus in Tannersville, Monroe County; the Lackawanna College campus in Scranton, Pa., and at the Lackawanna College Lake Region Center, in the former Silk Mill, in Hawley, Pa.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

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