This course provides understanding of patient care, patient safety, patient communication, and sonographer patient interaction. HIPAA and the patient’s bills of rights are presented, discussed and understood by the student. This course focuses on the sonographer and addresses the sonographer’s role as a health care team member. The importance of sonographer safety and ergonomics are discussed. The student will practice patient care techniques and sound ergonomics in the laboratory session. This is a foundation course for all future classes and the skills and principles will be utilized throughout the program.