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New Jersey offers more than a few schools to students interested in earning a degree in medical sonography. Such programs lead to the award of certificates and associate's degrees. While only degree programs include general education classes, all medical sonography programs incorporate clinical or practicum requirements. Some programs help students prepare for the voluntary certification exam.
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College, located in Paramus, opened its doors in 1965 and is committed to providing students with an accessible and affordable education. The college offers an Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, which takes about two years to complete, including summers. Courses include anatomy and physiology, patient care, cross-sectional anatomy, gynecological sonography and obstetric sonography. Learners also complete four ultrasound clinics.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Rowan College at Burlington County in Pemberton. The associate's degree program takes about two years to complete and includes laboratory and clinical components, with courses in cross-sectional anatomy, diagnostic imaging, sonographic interpretations, medical terminology and vascular ultrasounds. The certificate is designed for licensed radiologic technologists who have an associate's degree. They learn to perform ultrasound examinations, use ultrasound equipment and work with other healthcare professionals. Students can also join the Diagnostic Medical Sonography club.
Rowan College at Gloucester County
Located in Sewell, Rowan College at Gloucester County's Division of Nursing and Allied Health provides students with the chance to pursue a career in the health care fields and prepares them for their fields' certification exams. The Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography takes about twenty-two months to complete and includes three summer sessions and four semesters. Courses include anatomy and physiology, ultrasound physics, medical terminology, patient care, abdominal sonography and three clinical practicums. Students can also join the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Society of Ultrasonographers.
JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools-School of Imaging
The JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools-School of Imaging is located in Plainfield. Students can earn an Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Science, which takes twenty-eight months to complete when attending full-time. Through the program, students become familiar with human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, identifying sonographic anatomy and meeting patients' physical and emotional needs. Graduates are eligible for the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonography certification exam.
Union County College
Cranford's Union County College is the oldest community college in New Jersey and offers more than seventy-five programs of study. Through the Associate in Science in Sonography, students complete lectures, labs and clinics. Courses could include patient care, ultrasound instruments, obstetrical equipment, a review of ultrasound registry and cross-sectional anatomy. They also take five clinicals in sonography.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
The Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences school located in Newark and offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree programs. Students can earn a Certificate in Cardiac Sonography, a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a Certificate in Vascular Sonography. The three programs take about fifteen months to complete and are designed for individuals who have at least 60 credits or an associate's degree program in a related field, such as nursing or radiography. Courses include vascular laboratory practices, patient care, noninvasive diagnosis, obstetrical sonography, abdominal sonography and neurosonography.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an associate's or bachelor's degree in sonography is required for positions as a diagnostic medical sonographer (www.bls.gov). Upon completion of the program, students must pass a certification exam to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer or a Registered Vascular Technologist. Some states require that diagnostic medical sonographers earn a license, but New Jersey is not one of them.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Sonography Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate/Graduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bergen Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$4,278 in-district, $7,686 in-state, $8,046 out-of-state*|
|JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools School of Imaging||2-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Science||$23,980 in-district, $29,290 in-state, $29,290 out-of-state*|
|Rowan College at Burlington County||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$4,065 in-district, $4,545 in-state, $6,495 out-of-state*|
|Rowan College at Gloucester County||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$4,325 in-district, $5,015 in-state, $8,615 out-of-state*|
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Sonography||$4,450 in-district, $8,900 in-state, $8,900 out-of-state*|
|Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences||4-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Cardiac Sonography,
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Certificate in Vascular Sonography
|$14,131 in-state, $29,521 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator