School and Ranking Information
There is only one for-profit and one public school located directly in Pittsburgh that provides studies in diagnostic medical sonography. Based on student enrollment, ranking and number of 2-year degrees conferred in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Pittsburgh for aspiring diagnostic medical sonographers:
- Winner: The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest postsecondary institution in terms of student enrollment that offers diagnostic medial sonography programs. It also awards the highest number of associate's degrees in this field within 25 miles of Pittsburgh. This program is offered through the college's Center for Health Careers.
School Info Chart
|Category||Community College of Allegheny County|
|Ranking||Among top ten 2-year colleges in health career graduates*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,540 (in district); $6,792 (in state); $9,784 (out-of-state)**|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degrees Offered||Associate's|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||26**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||9%**|
|Noteworthy||16th largest multi-campus community college in the U.S. and largest educational institution in western Pennsylvania***; diagnostic medical sonography program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)|
Sources: *Community College of Allegheny County; **NCES College Navigator; ***Allegheny County, PA
Community College of Allegheny County
- Diagnostic medical sonography program combines classroom studies with clinical experiences
- Students are prepared to sit for national exams administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Health career training center partners with many area organizations, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Opened in 1966 with just 1,516 students, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) now enrolls more than 18,000. CCAC's Center for Health Careers offers 30 programs, including an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.
To earn the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, students are required to major in general, cardiac or vascular ultrasound. All specialties use both classes and clinical experience to train participants to perform safe and accurate ultrasound exams. Topics cover ultrasound instrumentation and methods, physiology, anatomy, ultrasound physics and psychology. Enrollment candidates must have familiarity with medical terminology and some background in biology.