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Students In Kansas interested in completing training in sonography have a number of school from which to earn an award in sonography or in diagnostic medical technology. Such programs lead to certificates or bachelor's degrees; at least one of the following schools is a training program that does not result in an academic award. Certificate programs may be completed in as little as five semesters. Earning a baccalaureate degree in the field requires applicants to have completed prerequisite courses related to the medical field as well as have already finished the general education classes associated with a four-year degree.
The five schools offering programs are profiled below.
Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University in Hays offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program that includes an ultrasound tract. Students in the track take a 21-month sequence of specialized courses. This is followed by 12 months of clinical training. Participants have the option of earning a Certificate of Completion by completing just the 21-month program, or they can complete the 4-year program to earn the bachelor's degree. To enroll, students must have completed an accredited 2-year radiology technology program, a 2-year related program approved by the American Medical Association, a bachelor's degree program in a field related to health or a 4-year program focusing on math or science. Prerequisite courses include English composition, oral communication, human biology, medical terminology, algebra and human anatomy.
Besides gaining clinical experience, this school provides students with a laboratory with 2 ultrasound machines. Coursework covers abdominal, obstetric, gynecologic and vascular ultrasound procedures. Additional topics include ultrasound physics and instrumentation, superficial structures imaging, breast imaging and neurosonography.
Labette Community College
Located in Parsons, Labette Community College offers students the chance to participate in a program that's accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). These programs require students to have completed radiography programs approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT) or to be eligible to register with a recognized organization.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate program takes 5 semesters to complete and requires 57 hours. Coursework and labs cover topics such as abdominal sonography, vascular sonography, sectional anatomy and OB/GYN sonography. Other topics covered include sonography terminology, sonography physics, neonatal sonography and other topics. Graduates can take relevant exams through ARDMS.
Wichita-based Newman University offers a sonography program that takes 21 months to finish. Students in the sonography track can earn a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Prospective students must complete prerequisite courses in medical terminology, college physics, human anatomy and physiology. Prior to enrollment, students need to have completed general education courses or an associate's or bachelor's degree program.
Courses cover sectional anatomy, abdominal imaging, echocardiography, cardio-anatomy, obstetrics, gynecology, vascular sonography and scanning techniques. Laboratory components and clinical work provide hands-on training. Completing this program qualifies students to sit for ARDMS certification exams.
University of Kansas
Diagnostic cardiac sonography and diagnostic ultrasound technology certificate programs can be found at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Both programs are accredited by the CAAHEP. Prerequisite courses include human anatomy and physiology, communication skills, physics, algebra and statistics. The diagnostic cardiac sonography program accepts bachelor's degree graduates and students licensed or registered in an allied health-related field. The diagnostic ultrasound technology program accepts students who are enrolled in or have completed a 2-year radiologic technology program. Students must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists registry exam before starting this program.
The 21-month Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program provides clinical experience and prepares students for ARDMS certification exams in adult cardiac sonography. Program topics include adult echocardiography, Doppler and instrumentation, cardiac physiology, ultrasound physics, special procedures and congenital heart disease. The 18-month Certificate in Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology (General and Vascular) program prepares students to take exams leading to the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and Registered Vascular Technologist designations. Courses include abdominal, gynecologic, vascular, obstetrical and small parts sonography. A total of 5 clinical internships are required throughout this program.
Washburn University in Topeka offers 12-month programs in cardiac sonography and vascular sonography, as well as a 24-month program in general/vascular sonography, all CAAHEP-accredited. Prospective students must have an associate's or bachelor's degree in a direct patient care-related field; they must also have completed prerequisite courses in mathematics, communications, anatomy, physiology and college physics.
All 3 of the DMS programs include an introductory course in ultrasound, along with courses particular to the specialization. Professional development is provided through sonography clinical work. Graduates qualify to take ARDMS and CCI certification exams.
Sonographers working in Kansas are not required to earn state licensure. However, employees may give a preference to those who have gained professional certification from a recognized organization. These organizations include the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Graduation from a program in ultrasound or sonography is generally required.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Fort Hays State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging with an ultrasound tract||$4,654 in-state; $13,657 out-of-state*|
|Labette Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate||$2,670 in-district; $2,700 in-state; $3,450 out-of-state*|
|Newman University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Sonography||$26,030*|
|University of Kansas||4-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography,
Certificate in Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology (General and Vascular)
|$10,825 in-state; $26,659 out-of-state*|
|Washburn University||4-year, public; midsize city||Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with cardiac, general/vascular or vascular curriculum||$6,350 in-state; $14,222 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator