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Comparison of Chicago Ultrasound Schools
While there are no schools right in Chicago that provide training in ultrasound, there are several schools right outside the city that offer programs in diagnostic medical sonography. This article discusses three schools and the programs.
- Triton College, located about 11 miles away in River Grove, offers diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) certificate and associate's degree programs.
- About 20 miles away in South Holland is South Suburban College, which awards a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography.
- College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn is about 23 miles from downtown Chicago. This large 2-year school offers DMS associate's degree and certificate programs.
Comparison of Schools
The table below has information listed about tuition costs, enrollment size and other information about each school.
|Triton College||South Suburban College||College of DuPage|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,672||3,921||26,165|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,020 in-district;
| $4,883 in-district;
| $4,050 in-district;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)*||61%||94%||72%|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)*||Open admissions||Open admissions||Open admissions|
|Retention Rate for 1st-Time Students (2016-2017)*|| 63% full-time;
| 57% full-time;
| 74% full-time;
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in 2014)*||18% (23% transfer rate)||15% (30% transfer rate)||23% (30% transfer rate)|
Source: *NCES, College Navigator
Triton College offers several education and training programs in the allied health fields. For instance, students can learn about nuclear medicine technology, radiologic technology, and surgical technology. The 2-year school also has 2 DMS programs that provide students with the theoretical background and clinical practice to become ultrasound technicians.
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This 65-credit associate's degree program has a number of prerequisite courses, including math, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and the basic physics of imaging. Once enrolled, students further explore anatomy and physiology and ultrasound physics, as well as beginning more advanced studies in ultrasound procedures, pathology, obstetrical and gynecological sonography, cross-sectional anatomy, and abdominal sonography. They also receive training in non-routine sonographic imaging and an introduction to peripheral vascular sonography. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
This 36-credit certificate program covers basic theory and clinical instruction in sonography. It's open to those who are current radiologic technologists or are certified in nuclear medicine, and who have graduated from a CAAHEP-accredited institution within the previous five years. Students complete coursework in cross-sectional anatomy, ultrasound physics, ultrasound film critique, and pathology. They also receive technical training in abdominal, obstetrical/gynecological, and cardiac diagnostic sonography. Clinical applications are required each semester.
South Suburban College
Students at South Suburban College can pursue career training through certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree programs. Programs related to allied health include echocardiography, occupational therapy assisting, radiologic technology, nursing, and diagnostic medical sonography.
Echocardiography Associate of Applied Science
The AAS in electrocardiography (cardiac sonography) program is 71 credits long and can be completed in five semesters. The curriculum includes coursework in ultrasound physics, anatomy, echo imaging, and echocardiography fundamentals. Students must also participate in clinical practice throughout the program. Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma and have completed several prerequisite courses, such as medical terminology, applied physics, and emergency care. This program can also be completed for 27 credits as a certificate program.
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage is the largest public school in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide sonography training. Students can also pursue programs in fields like radiography, nuclear medicine, dental hygiene, and surgical technology. This 2-year school offers three sonography programs, including two certificates and one associate's degree. All of the programs combine classroom lectures with practical experience gained in campus scanning labs, and they qualify graduates for various licensures of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography
This 2-year associate's degree program provides training in abdomen and superficial structures, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular imaging. Students must complete 85 credits of general education and core program requirements. Sonography courses include sonography physics and instrumentation, OB/GYN fundamentals, breast sonography fundamentals, and basic patient care skills. The program also requires students to complete four clinical education requirements.
Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Certificate
This 40-credit advanced certificate program is for those who have completed 2-year allied health science programs in imaging. In addition to prenatal scans, students are taught to use ultrasound machines to scan organ tissues, the breast, arteries, and veins. Clinical experiences make up eight credits of the program.
Diagnostic Medical Vascular Sonography Certificate
This 15-credit certificate program is designed to teach advanced skills to students who are already registered sonographers. Through classes and clinical practice, they learn to use ultrasound scans to help diagnose arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, plaque, aneurysms, and other diseases of the veins and arteries. Courses in the program include vascular hemodynamics and physics, abdominal and peripheral arterial, cerebrovascular ultrasound, and abdominal and peripheral venous. Graduates are qualified for ARDMS licensure in areas including vascular sonography.