Individuals in Colorado who are interested in earning an education in ultrasound have a few schools from which to choose, but not many such programs are hosted by not-for-profit or public institutions. Students may earn a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree in the field.
Pueblo Community College
Pueblo Community College in Pueblo provides a certificate and an associate's degree program for aspiring medical sonographers. Admission to the 63.5-credit certificate program requires a bachelor's degree, and this program can be completed in 4 semesters. Applicants to the associate's degree program need to already have an allied health 2-year certificate or degree.
The 76.5-credit associate's degree program includes the same courses covered in the certificate program, in addition to general education requirements. Both programs train students to use medical sonographic equipment to create obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal, vascular and small parts ultrasound images. The curriculum also covers ultrasound physics, multiplanar sectional imaging and pathophysiology. Students in either program must complete 3 clinical internships.
Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood's Red Rocks Community College offers a certificate and two associate's degree programs that provide ultrasound training. Students can enroll in a certificate or degree program in diagnostic medical sonography or diagnostic cardiac sonography. Students in each program learn ultrasound physics and complete 3 internships, in addition to completing courses in their chosen field.
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Ultrasound technicians, commonly known as diagnostic medical sonographers, aren't required to have a license to work in Colorado. However, many employers require the sonographers they hire to be certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The ARDMS offers certification in different specializations, such as abdominal, vascular, breast, gynecological and fetal sonography. Sonographers must satisfy certain education and/or clinical experience requirements in order to sit for an ARDMS certification exam.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Pueblo Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Medical Sonography Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Sonography
|$6,761 in-state; $14,561 out-of-state*|
|Red Rocks Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Vascular Technology Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
|$3,429 in-state; $13,145 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.