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List of Ultrasound Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Schools offering instruction in ultrasound technology more commonly call their programs diagnostic medical sonography programs. Students seeking a school to learn diagnostic medical sonography should consider the types of credentials offered, possible specializations and career placement services when selecting a program.

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.

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