Tampa Schools with Ultrasound Degrees
There are only a couple of schools in the Tampa, Florida, area that offer programs in ultrasound, also called diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) or just sonography. These programs typically involve classroom instruction combined with hands-on training in labs and medical settings. To find out more details about education in this field, take a look at the required coursework and clinical experiences in two colleges' programs. Get even more info about the schools through the table of statistics at the beginning of the article.
- At roughly two miles away, Hillsborough Community College is the closest option to downtown Tampa. Its sonography associate's degree program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- Polk State College, in nearby Winter Haven, is the option with the smallest student population and has a sonography associate's-level program that's accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The campus is about 38 miles from central Tampa.
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Comparison of Schools
If you're having trouble deciding between sonography schools, take a look at the table below. It has many facts on costs, campus settings, student enrollment and more that can help you decide which college is best for your academic needs and goals.
|Hillsborough Community College||Polk State College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||27,298*||11,060*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state*||Diagnostic Medical Sonography program cost-$11,000**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2014)||84%*||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2014)||61% full-time*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||29% (for students who began in 2011)*||27% (for students who began in 2008)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Polk State College
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough CC features a DMS program through the Health, Wellness, and Sports Technologies Department. Before enrolling, applicants are required to complete courses in anatomy, physiology, English, algebra, and physics; science courses must include labs. Once accepted to the program, students also need to have current Basic Cardiac Life Support certification, pass a drug screening, and meet health requirements.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Full-time students can complete this 72-credit hour program in 2 years. In addition to in-class training, students can expect to participate in skills development through clinical practicums and labs. Courses cover basic sonography, surgical diseases, cross-sectional anatomy, sonography instrumentation, and sonography physics. Students also receive specialized training in obstetric, gynecological, and abdominal sonography. This program is offered only during the day.
Polk State College
Polk's DMS program is housed at the Airside Center on the Lakeland campus. The program accepts students once a year for a January start. Participants need to pass prerequisite courses in algebra, composition, physics, human anatomy, and physiology with a grade of at least C. They must also pass a drug screening and background check, be certified in CPR, meet health and immunization requirements, and submit an Affidavit of Moral Character.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This program totals 77 credit hours and trains students in sonography through clinical practice and coursework. Classes are provided both day and evening. Students explore topics such as sonographic imaging protocols and procedures, medical terminology, obstetrics and gynecology, cross-sectional anatomy, abdominal sonography, sonographic physics, and neurosonology.