When choosing a school for ultrasound technology, students should consider the school's career services and career placement history. Look for schools that offer specialization or cater to your specific career needs.
10 Schools with Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Below are schools that offer diagnostic medical technology degrees at various education levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,834 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,138 in-state; $11,055 out-of-state|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,504 in-district; $3,184 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,805 in-state; $9,450 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,550 in-district; $9,210 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state|
|Valencia Community College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,474 in-state; $9,383 out-of-state|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,753 in-state; $8,875 out-of-state|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,104 in-state; $27,890 out-of-state|
|Tidewater Community College||Norfolk, VA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,171 in-state; $11,009 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Students looking for an ultrasound program should consider the following:
- Employers often prefer or require diagnostic medical sonographers to be certified, so students should look for a program that prepares them for the licensing exam and has high pass rates.
- Certificate programs in sonography are tailored for students who already hold a healthcare-related degree, and build on a student's existing knowledge by providing a specific set of skills.
- Associate of Applied Science programs in ultrasound technology are intended for students who have not previously completed a degree program and who wish to work in medical sonography.
- Evaluate available specializations within sonography; some schools offer specialized programs in the use of ultrasounds for specific conditions, parts of the body or types of patients, including cardiac sonography, pediatric sonography and obstetric sonography.
Ultrasound programs are offered as diagnostic medical sonography certificates and undergraduate degrees at many 2- and 4-year schools. Several specializations are available, which students should consider depending on what field they would like to work in.