In Ohio, most diagnostic medical sonography programs are offered at the associate degree level, though bachelor's degrees are also available. Concentrations may be offered in vascular, abdominal or gynecologic sonography. Students gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills by participating in lectures, labs and clinical experiences. To be considered for admission, applicants may need to complete prerequisite courses, which could include communication or composition, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, physics and patient care.
Although state licensure isn't required, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that DMS workers can increase their chances for employment by earning a professional certification. All of the following private not-for-profit and public schools, except Marion Technical College, offer DMS programs that help prepare students for certification through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
Bowling Green State University's Firelands Campus is located in Huron. This school's DMS associate's degree program focuses on patient care, sonographic procedures, sonographic physics and instrumentation and diagnostic studies. Directed practice, a capstone seminar and laboratory components are also needed.
Central Ohio Technical College
Central Ohio Technical College in Newark has a 72.5-credit hour DMS program with concentrations in cardiovascular and general sonography. Before gaining admission, students must complete courses in composition, college algebra and medical terminology. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The cardiovascular concentration features courses in echocardiography, vascular sonography, clinical cardiovascular sonography principles and pediatric echocardiography. General sonography students pass courses covering abdominal, breast, obstetrical and gynecological sonography. Both programs feature training in sonographic physics and instrumentation, cross-sectional anatomy and healthcare issues. All DMS students need to participate in clinical work for hands-on training.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is located in Cincinnati and provides a CAAHEP-accredited DMS associate's degree program with concentrations in cardiovascular sonography and general imaging. Depending on the program, participants encounter training in electrocardiography, pathophysiology, vascular sonography, sonographic principles and instrumentation, cross-sectional anatomy, abdominal sonography and medical law. Required laboratory components and clinical work allow students to earn professional experience.
Cuyahoga Community College
Prior to admission to the CAAHEP-accredited DMS associate's degree program at Cuyahoga Community College's campus at Parma, students pass courses in patient care skills, DMS physical concepts and sonography basics. Program requirements include sonographic instruments and physics, sonographic case studies, initial sonographic scanning and directed practice. This 2-year program also allows students to concentrate their studies in obstetrical and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, echocardiography and vascular sonography. A sonography capstone course is required.
This college in Kettering offers a CAAHEP-accredited sonography bachelor's degree program. Prerequisite courses needed prior to enrollment include medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, speech communication, mathematics, academic discourse and physics. This 4-year program educates students in sonographic physics and instrumentation, vascular and abdominal sonography, echocardiography, pathophysiology, obstetrical sonography and cardiac testing. In the program's final year, students develop professional skills through a clinical externship.
Lorain County Community College
A CAAHEP-accredited DMS associate's degree program can be found at Elyria's Lorain County Community College. The first semester consists of pre-admission courses in patient care or nurse aide training, anatomy and physiology, physics and college composition. DMS students learn how to perform ultrasound examinations, record patient medical history, explain procedures, assess sonographic images, identify pathological areas and perform specialty sonographic procedures. A total of 68-72 credit hours are needed for program completion.
Marion Technical College
Prospective students can enroll in a DMS associate's degree program at Marion Technical College in Marion. This program is tasked with educating students in basic patient care, obstetric and gynecologic sonography, small parts imaging and cross-sectional anatomy. In order to graduate, students complete clinical work requirements.
Ohio State University
Ohio State University is located in Columbus and has a health and rehabilitation sciences bachelor's degree program with a concentration in sonography. The first 2 years are made up of general education and pre-professional courses. Courses in the last 2 years include DMS physics, vascular sonography, radiation science and sectional anatomy. Students also fulfill hands-on requirements by participating in DMS and vascular sonography practicums.
Owens Community College
Found in Perrysburg, Owens Community College offers DMS and vascular sonography associate's degree programs that can be finished in 2 years. The accredited DMS program admits 12 students per year, and the vascular sonography program admits 10 students per year. Courses found in the DMS program include cross-sectional anatomy, ultrasound physics, pathophysiology, general ultrasound techniques, medical language, anatomy and physiology. The vascular sonography program focuses on hands-on vascular ultrasound training.
University of Rio Grande
The University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande provides a DMS associate's degree program with concentrations in cardiovascular and general sonography, as well as a DMS bachelor's degree program. The associate's degree program concentrations are accredited by the CAAHEP. The 75-credit hour cardiovascular sonography program trains students in echocardiography, human pathophysiology, DMS physics and instrumentation, vascular sonography and pediatric echocardiography. General sonography concentration students take courses in breast, obstetrical, abdominal and gynecological sonography. The 135-credit hour bachelor's degree program has many of the same courses found in both associate's degree program concentrations. Regardless of the program, students must complete practicums for live patient interaction.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Sonography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Bowling Green State University - Firelands||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$5,060 for OH residents; $13,049 for out-of-state residents|
|Central Ohio Technical College||2-year, public; small suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology with a Concentration in Cardiovascular or General Sonography||$4,536 for OH residents; $7,296 for out-of-state residents|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a Concentration in Cardiovascular Sonography or General Imaging||$4,126 for OH residents; $8,026 for out-of-state residents|
|Cuyahoga Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a Concentration in Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, Echocardiography or Vascular Sonography||$3,436 for in-district residents; $4,322 for other OH residents; $8,136 for out-of-state residents|
|Kettering College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$12,960|
|Lorain County Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$3,485 for in-district residents; $4,140 for other OH residents; $8,081 for out-of-state residents*|
|Marion Technical College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$4,902 for OH residents; $6,822 for out-of-state residents|
|Ohio State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a Concentration in Sonography||$10,726 for OH residents; $30,742 for out-of-state residents|
|Owens Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate of Applied Science in Vascular Sonography
|$5,150 for OH residents; $9,062 for out-of-state residents|
|University of Rio Grande||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a Concentration in Cardiovascular Sonography or General Sonography,
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Source: *NCES College Navigator