2022 Training Schedule

Hands-On Ultrasound Training Courses for New and Current Nurse Sonographers, Located in Las Vegas & Michigan

For the medical professional who is seeking to gain experience in ultrasound, has a desire to refresh existing skills, or a need to complete a competency evaluation, Unborn.Com is now offering your choice of 1-5 days of hands-on training that will always be available in Las Vegas and Michigan. Webinar and didactic courses to review specific subjects are available anytime upon request.

Las Vegas at FCPS
‘First Choice Pregnancy Services’ 

  • June 6 – 10, 2022
  • Online Didactics: upon registration 

Michigan:
Summer
Course

  • June 20 – 24, 2022
  • Online Didactics: upon registration
  • Retreat at Lake House:
    June 25 – 26, 2022                                          

Michigan:
Fall
Course

  • September 12 – 16, 2022
  • Online Didactics: upon registration
  • Retreat at Lake House:
    September 17 – 18, 2022                                              

Click Here to Register Now – Class Size Limited

Click HERE to download a printable PDF

For training held in Michigan, course dates and locations are determined and updated regularly on unborn.com.  Please check back for updates when necessary.  For those interested in staying for the weekend, a retreat will be planned at Shari’s lake front home in Lake Port, MI.  More info to come.

About First Choice Pregnancy Services (FCPS)

“First Choice Pregnancy Services strategically opened its doors December 7th, 2004 on a private cul-de-sac across from the busiest late term abortion clinic in Las Vegas. Due to our unique location, very focused marketing, and prayers that God would bring the hard cases we seek to reach our way, He has blessed our efforts as we are one of the busiest centers in the nation. On a typical day, we provide between 10-20 ultrasounds. Whether you seek to learn the skills required to scan well, or you’d like to refresh and sharpen your ultrasound knowledge and technique, First Choice is happy to assist in the process! Trainings are staffed with 4 RDMS technicians as well as additional qualified personnel. By God’s grace, First Choice has had over 37,500 babies’ lives saved in our 17 years of ministry! We are blessed, humbled, and honored to assist all those who fight for and defend the lives of the unborn in whatever way we can!”
~ Deborah Costello, Executive Director

 
As a new or experienced sonographer it is important to keep your skills updated and reviewed by a qualified RDMS. The art of scanning requires cultivation and time to be perfected AWHONN and SDMS require that one stays competent in their area of practice through continuing education.  Experienced students may choose between a 1 to 3 Day Refresher Course. This training courses is designed to improve image optimization, interpretation and scanning skills. For new nurse sonographers, a choice of a 3 to 5 day course is required.  Additional scans may be needed and will be verified by an RDMS until competency is completed and certified. Our staff can provide additional on-line support and review scanning techniques upon request, The didactic portion of the course consists of 9- 12 hours of remote training which includes recorded on-line sessions, digital workbook, PowerPoint presentations, and instructional YouTube videos. This revised program will allow more time for students to learn the material and review recorded sessions at anytime for refreshing skills. The hands-on portion will focus on scanning techniques and will allow for more supervised scans. The staff and associates are licensed skilled sonographers, medical professionals and educators trained in the Pregnancy Center setting. The course is compliant with the AWHONN, AGOG, SDMS, AIUM guidelines and recommended by the National Pregnancy Organizations of Care Net and Heartbeat.  
 

Program Overview


• 24 – 40 hours of hands-on training and 9 -12 hours of online didactic instruction by skilled Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS’s).   • Training is structured to meet budget, time, and needs.   • Recorded on-line training and YouTube videos allow medical personal to learn material on their own schedule.  • Hands-on training available in Las Vegas for groups of 3-4 nurses with one month notice. Michigan classes are limited to 10 students with one month notice.  • Small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of scan time of approximately 7-8 models per student each day.  • Each student is given a competency exam and review at the conclusion of the training to assess the individual’s knowledge and scanning skills.  • Each student will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Course.  • Additional on-line support and review of scans available.  • RDMS, Medical directors, volunteers and board members can attend any part of the training.
 

Program Topics

  • Review of Anatomy and Landmarks
  • Image Optimization & System Instrumentation
  • Transducer Orientation and Manipulation
  • Review of Trans-vaginal Techniques
  • 2nd Trimester Imaging Techniques
  • Identification of Known/Unknown Structures
  • Defining/Interpreting the Report and Images
  • What Determines Viability of a Pregnancy?
  • Clinical and Sonographic Signs and Appearance of Threatened Pregnancy Loss
  • Ectopic Pregnancy vs Early Gestation
  • Review Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Paper Work
  • Review Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Review Interesting Cases
  • Communicating as Nurses with Love and Compassion

Teaching Methods

    • Lectures with PowerPoint presentation that includes live ultrasound clips
    • You-tube videos
    • Online Recorded Didactic Training
    • Multiple “one on one” scanning sessions
    • Digital Teaching Material
    • Webinars and Virtual DVR’s available

 

 

Shari Richard, RDMS: Founder of SWI/Unborn.com in 1990
Tiffany Browning RDMS:  Partner of Sound Wave Images

 

 

 

Deborah Costello:
Executive Director at First Choice Pregnancy Services
Robin McNab, RDMS:
Lead Sonographer at First Choice Pregnancy Services
Tammy Halladay, RN, BSN
Nurse Sonographer at First Choice Pregnancy Services

 

Cost of Training

1-3 Day Refresher or 3-5 Day Training Courses: You may choose the number of days you desire for the type of  training needed.  $250 per person, per day. Hands-on training will be invoiced through Pay Pal.

Online Didactic Course: $449 per person. Pay upon on-line registration.

To pay by check, make out to “unborn.com” and send to:
Shari Richard, 6542 Lakeshore Road, Lake Port, MI 48059.

To pay for your registration online, please click the button below:

 


Information for Las Vegas Trainings:

First Choice Pregnancy Services  –  860 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104.
Phone: (702) 294-2273

Accommodations: We recommend staying at the Alexis Park All Suites Resort for a quiet non-gaming atmosphere.  It is located at 375 E. Hamon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89169.  Phone: (702) 796-3300.  Website: www.AlexisPark.com. The airport is only 2 miles away. Call for shuttle service.

 
Airport: McCarran International Airport is approximately 3.5 miles from First Choice Pregnancy Services and only 1 mile from the Alexis Park All suites Resort.
 
Transportation: Call about shuttle service to and from the hotel.  If you choose, you may also use Uber, Lyft, taxi or rental car services.
 
Course Times: 8 AM – 4 PM

Meals: Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks are provided.   Meals for dinner will take place after training hours during free-time, and are the sole responsibility of the registrants. 


Information for Michigan Trainings:

AAA Pregnancy Resource Center: 32080 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150.
Phone: (734) 425-8060

Spero Pregnancy Center: 1211 Griswold St, Port Huron, MI 48060.
Phone:  (810) 985-4673

Accommodations: We recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites located just 1 mile away from AAA Pregnancy Resource Center. They are located at 27451 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150. Phone number: (734) 744-9888.  Breakfast buffet is available and there is a pool on-site.

Airport: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is 30 minutes to the hotel and AAA Pregnancy Resource Centers. Transportation is not provided to and from the airport or hotel. We recommend Uber, Lyft, taxi or rental car.

Retreat: All are welcome to come to relax and fellowship at Shari’s lake front home in Lake Port, MI.  Her home can sleep up to 9 guests, and for those with the camping spirit we also have a tent that can sleep up to 10 guests. There will be no charge to participate in the retreat, but donations will kindly be accepted. For those who wish to stay in a hotel or reserve a cabin, nearby accommodations are available. Please RSVP (248-496-2183).

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“Shari provided wonderful classes! She has a wealth of knowledge to share, and she does it in such a fun way! Her passion for ultrasound is contagious. Thank you Shari for everything!” 

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“I cannot overstate how important and helpful this training has been to me. I can look forward to going back to my center and doing limited ultrasounds with proficiency. Shari is the best!” 

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“Shari is very knowledgeable in ultrasound and has an effective way of training nurses to perform ultrasounds. Shari has such a wonderful heart and respect for the clients which we were able to see. I am so excited to take all that I have learned back to my home clinic” 

★★★★★ 5/5 stars
“Shari was a wonderful, Godly instructor who truly has a passion for women and their unborn children. She and her assistants were kind, caring, patient and informative, and it was evident that she wanted each one of us to be successful with the skills that we were obtaining. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to train with Shari and be a part of her program.”

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“Shari is positive and supportive through both the didactic and hands on training. It is amazing how operator dependent ultrasound procedures are but she inspires the confidence necessary for learning the procedures that were new to me.”
 
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
“I thoroughly enjoyed my limited OB sonogram training in Las Vegas and zoom classes. Shari and Robin were patient, knowledgeable, and informative. They are passionate about the unborn and carries this ministry to its highest potential. Thank you, Shari and Robin!” 
 

“The eyewitness of ultrasound is the window to the heart and speaks the universal language to the soul.”

-Shari Richard, RDMS