Long Beach Ultrasound Colleges with Course and Degree Info

Jan 02, 2019

The Long Beach area has four schools within a 40-mile radius that offer ultrasound programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Colleges in Long Beach with Ultrasound Programs

Students interested in ultrasound programs have a few options to choose from in the Long Beach, California, area. Read about important variables like residency and accreditation as well as other characteristics for three programs located within 30-45 minutes of the city's center. Examine the table at the end of this article to compare the schools and their attributes side by side.

  • Casa Loma College - Van Nuys offers an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or an Associate of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. With the smallest student population, it is just 28 miles from downtown. The sonography program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
  • Cypress College offers a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate, Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology. It is the most inexpensive option for in-state students and the closest school to downtown Long Beach (13 miles). Its sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Orange Coast College offers an Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology. It is the most inexpensive option for non-residents and is only 22.7 miles from downtown. Its sonography program is also accredited by the CAAHEP.

Comparison of Schools

Residency can significantly affect the cost of schooling. Use the following table to compare the costs for a resident student versus non-resident students and other attributes.

Casa Loma College - Van Nuys Cypress College Orange Coast College
School Type 2-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, primarily associate's, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 215* 15,673* 22,156*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $38,260 (for entire program)* $1,142 in-district; $1,140 in-state; $6,154 out-of-state* $1,186 in-state; $7,690 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 97%* 69%* 55%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 84%* N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2017) 100% full-time* N/A* 74% full-time; 54% part-time*
Graduation Rate 37% (for students beginning in 2014-2015)* 36% (for students beginning in 2011)* 39% (for students beginning in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Casa Loma College - Van Nuys

Casa Loma College specializes in allied health and nursing education programs. Its sonography training integrates laboratory components with corresponding theoretical concept courses, and the development of professional skills through practical experience.

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program requires students to complete 104.5 semester hours. Courses include human anatomy, physiology, abdominal and small parts imaging, sonography fundamentals, obstetrics and gynecological imaging, patient interaction and vascular ultrasound. Skills labs and a clinical externship are required. Graduates may need to seek additional training or professional experience to qualify for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification exams.

Cypress College

The DMS program at Cypress College is offered through the Radiologic Technology Department. To be admitted, applicants must pass foundation courses in radiography patient care, physiology, anatomy, disease, medical terminology and radiologic electronics or physics. Students accepted to the program will learn theoretical sonography concepts in the classroom, in addition to practical skills via an externship and clinical work at an affiliated healthcare facility.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

This 21-month program features courses in sonography physics; abdominal, obstetrics/gynecological and small parts scanning; ethics; pathology; and Doppler techniques. Cross-sectional anatomy may be taken prior to or during the program. Graduates qualify to take related ARDMS certification exams.

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This occupational associate's degree program requires the same courses as the DMS certificate program with the addition of general education courses.

Orange Coast College

Orange Coast's DMS program is part of the School of Allied Health Professions. Applicants to the program are required to complete prerequisite courses in health occupations, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Once accepted, students must also pass a criminal background check and drug screening. Prior to the clinical portion of the program, students must complete CPR, bloodborne pathogen and HIPAA training, as well as obtain a health exam and student liability insurance.

Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A total of 84 credit hours are needed for program completion. Although most training occurs in classroom-based environments, students will need to complete clinical experience sessions to develop professional sonography skills. Courses cover scanning practices, vascular ultrasound, pathophysiology, obstetrics and gynecological ultrasound, abdominal sonography and sectional anatomy. Graduates are qualified to take the ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer certification exam.

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