Panorama City, CA, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs
Students interested in studying diagnostic medical sonography have a couple options in the Panorama City, CA, area. This article looks at 2 schools with sonography programs, both within a 40-minute drive of downtown Panorama City, and at the programs they offer. These programs help prepare students to take certification exams through the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography).
There's also a table that lists important aspects of each school, letting prospective students compare them in areas including size and the availability of financial aid. At the end of the article is a little information about another area school with a related program.
- Casa Loma College - Van Nuys, about two miles from downtown Panorama City, offers an associate degree program in diagnostic medical sonography through its School of Nursing & Allied Health. Classes for this program never exceed 20 students.
- Individuals who don't mind driving a little farther, about 34 miles, can study at Cypress College, which offers a certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table makes it easy to compare important aspects of these 2 schools.
|Casa Loma College - Van Nuys||Cypress College|
|School Type||2-year, private not-for-profit||4-year,primarily associate's, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||215*||15,673*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$38,260 (program cost)*||$1,140 for in-state students; $6,154 for out-of-state students*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||97%*||69%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||84%*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||100% of full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||37% (for students who began their studies in 2014-15)*||36% (17% transfer-out) (for students who began their studies in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
Casa Loma College is a small college that offers academic and technical training through 3 campus locations. Since 1966, the college has been providing healthcare education to its community.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Casa Loma College's diagnostic medical sonography training is a full-time program that takes around 22 months to complete. Applicants, who must be high school graduates or equivalent, must take admissions evaluations, be proficient in reading and math, and meet technical and physical standards. They must also complete the 2-week long Introduction to Online Learning class.
The 2,515 required clock hours consist of 1,015 hours of theory-based classes, 540 hours of skills lab and 960 hours of clinical education. In the first semester, students complete prerequisite courses, which include anatomy and physiology, physics, math and communication; some courses may be taken online. The second semester consists of core courses that teach students the various areas of sonography, like vascular, abdomen and OB/GYN sonography. The final 2 semesters consist of clinical externships.
Once students complete the diagnostic medical sonography program, they are eligible to take the SPI Physics certification exam through the ARDMS. They must work for at least a year before they can sit for the obstetrics and gynecology as well as the abdominal and small parts certification exams, unless they earned a bachelor's degree or a 2-year allied health degree prior to starting the diagnostic medical sonography program.
Part of the California Community College System, Cypress College is a public college that offers a multitude of educational options to aspiring students. The college offers approximately 141 career-oriented certificate programs and 51 associate degree programs. Additionally, there are 58 areas of study in which students can complete the first 2 years of a bachelor's degree program and transfer their credits to other universities.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
The diagnostic medical sonography certificate program takes 18 months to complete. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 17 years old and show proof of good physical and mental health. Applicants with the highest GPAs in prerequisite courses are given first priority in the admissions process; those with radiologic technology experience are strongly considered.
Courses that must be taken prior to starting the program include physics, patient care, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, survey of disease, computers, intermediate algebra and medical sonography theory; cross sectional imaging and ethics are prerequisites that can be taken during the program as evening classes.
The curriculum includes coursework, lab studies and clinical education for a total of 32 credits. Core courses include abdomen scanning, OB/GYN scanning, Doppler techniques and pathology. Each semester includes clinical work.
Other School Options
Located about 23 miles from downtown Panorama City, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science offers a radiologic technology program. Graduates of this program can become diagnostic medical sonographers with additional on-the-job training.