New York City Ultrasound Schools
Students who are interested in ultrasound imaging can find programs at a teaching hospital and a medical center affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY). Read about the program options below, and use the accompanying table to compare tuition and other important statistics. This resource also includes a summary of other school options, which can be found at the end of the article.
- A private school option is the New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education in Brooklyn, located about ten miles from Manhattan's downtown. The center's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers a 2-year training program, which allows students to transfer credits towards a bachelor's degree at an affiliated college.
- Also in Brooklyn is the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, located approximately seven miles from downtown Manhattan. This public school offers a 2-year, upper-division program in diagnostic medical imaging that results in a bachelor's degree.
Comparison of Schools
In addition to program costs, this table includes information about financial aid prospects and acceptance rates. Note the low student enrollments at both schools.
|New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education||SUNY Downstate Medical Center|
|School Type||2-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||227*||1,865*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Program Tuition (2015-2016)||$28,825*||$6,470 in-state; $16,320 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)||70%*||47% receiving grants/scholarships, 46% receiving federal student loans*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A Open Admissions*||N/A|
|Retention Rate (2014)||88% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||75%*||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
New York Methodist Hospital (NMH) Center for Allied Health Education
The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at NMH Center for Allied Health Education offers a 2-year ultrasound technology certificate program. The program equips students with the clinical and patient care skills necessary for entry-level positions in general sonography. This ultrasound program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students enrolled in the sonography program at NMH take clinical and didactic courses and participate in rotations at doctor's offices, imaging centers and hospitals. Subjects covered in this program include abdominal sonography, echocardiography, medical ethics and law, quality management and vascular ultrasound. Upon completion of this program, eligible students can sit for certification exams with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Students seeking to pursue further training can transfer up to 60 credits towards a bachelor's degree at an affiliated college.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Through the State University of New York's (SUNY) College of Health Related Professions, students can complete coursework in diagnostic medical imaging. This 2-year program is CAAHEP-accredited and is designed for students seeking to complete their junior and senior year courses towards earning a Bachelor of Science degree.
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging
At SUNY Downstate Medical Center, students can learn about various types of ultrasound specialties. Ultrasound raining is provided in areas such as adult and pediatric echocardiography, abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, small parts and vascular ultrasound. The program also involves basic coursework in gross and sectional anatomy, as well as several lab courses. In the final year of study, students complete field practicums to gain real-world clinical experience. Students may also elect to participate in a training experience at the Brooklyn Free Clinic.
Other School Options
Other schools in the New York City area with ultrasound programs include the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, which offers a cardiac sonography certificate program. For students interested in traveling outside the city limits, Union County College in Cranford, NJ, about 16 miles away from NYC's downtown area, offers a 28-month ultrasound program that leads to an Associate of Science degree.