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Sonography is a radiation-free technology that captures images of organs by utilizing sound waves. Medical sonographers study this technology along with anatomy, physiology, and healthcare best practices. Programs that offer training in this field are available at several technical schools and community colleges throughout Texas. Students of medical sonography typically earn an associate's degree, but there are a few certificate programs also available. These programs are intended to prepare students for professional certification, though it is not a requirement in this state.
The associate's degree sonography program at this college in Amarillo covers sonography for the abdomen, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), neurosonography and superficial structures. The program requires significant lab work and clinical practica. Admission is limited, and the school advises aspiring students to apply early. Graduates are qualified to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification exams.
Austin Community College District
Austin Community College offers a diagnostic medical sonography associate's degree program at its campus in Austin. This program provides labs and lectures. Courses include pathophysiology, ultrasound physics and sonographic sectional anatomy. Applicants to the program must complete prerequisites like certified nurse assisting. Graduates will be prepared for OB/GYN and abdominal ARDMS certification exams.
Del Mar College
Del Mar College's accredited associate's degree program in sonography is provided at the school's West Campus in Corpus Christi. Applicants are required to have a current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification as well as a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card. Courses cover OB/GYN, superficial structures and abdomen sonography.
El Centro College
EL Centro College in Dallas offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography (DSM). The college also has an advanced technical certificate program for students who already hold an associate's degree in another allied health field. Associate's degree students study ultrasound principles, pathophysiology and OB/GYN sonography. Certificate students take courses in superficial structures and diagnostic medical sonography. Graduates are qualified to sit for the ARDMS certification exams.
El Paso Community College
Located in El Paso, this college offers accredited associate's degree and certificate programs in diagnostic medical sonography. The certificate program is offered to students who have an associate's degree from an accredited college in a health occupation. Applicants to either program must have CPR certification. This program teaches students about neurosonology, abdomen sonography and small parts sonography. Graduates will be prepared for ARDMS certification exams.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College in Houston provides an accredited certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography for applicants who have an associate's degree in an allied health field or a bachelor's degree. Upon completion of this four-semester program, graduates are eligible to take ARDMS exams in the categories for ultrasound physics and instrumentation, OB/GYN and the abdomen.
Lone Star College System
The Lone Star College System offers several sonography programs at the CyFair campus in Cypress. There are two associate's degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography and echocardiography. A 15-credit certificate program covering sonography non-invasive vascular technology is also offered to applicants with an allied health associate's degree.
San Jacinto Community College
San Jacinto's Central campus is located in Pasadena, where it offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography to students who have an associate's degree in an allied health program. This 16-month program prepares students for ARDMS examinations. Applicants must know how to perform CPR. The program includes courses like OB/GYN, superficial and advanced sonography.
Tyler Junior College
This college in Tyler offers an accredited associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography and an advanced certificate program in vascular sonography. Applicants for the certificate program must have completed a diagnostic medical sonography program from an accredited college. Tyler sonography students are given preference for admission into the vascular sonography program. Sonography graduates are qualified to sit for the ARDMS examinations for OB/GYN, abdomen and general physics. Graduates of the vascular program may take ARDMS exams in vascular physics and vascular technology.
Texas Southmost College
This university's College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography in Brownsville. Students are required to complete four prerequisite courses for admission, but they do not need to have any prior degree. This is a competitive program that prepares students for ARDMS examinations in abdomen, OB/GYN and general physics and instrumentation.
Generally, students enrolled in healthcare fields that include patient contact must get certain vaccinations, pass drug screening and undergo background checks; this also applies to potential sonographers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that sonography certification is not required for most states, but many employers look for certified sonographers. Most programs in this state prepare students to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Sonography Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Amarillo College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Sonography||$2,010 in-district; $3,042 in-state; $4,578 out-of-state*|
|Austin Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical-Vascular Sonography||$2,550 in-district; $9,210 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state*|
|Del Mar College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$2,546 in-district; $3,846 in-state; $4,808 out-of-state*|
|El Centro College||2-year, public; large city|| Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
|$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*|
|El Paso Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate of Completion
|$2,386 in-state; $4,042 out-of-state*|
|Houston Community College||2-year, public; large city||Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state*|
|Lone Star College System||2-year, public; small suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography,
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate
|$1,504 in-district; $3,184 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state*|
|San Jacinto Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$1,408 in-district; $2,416 in-state; $3,688 out-of-state*|
|Tyler Junior College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Advanced Certificate in Vascular Technology
|$2,410 in-district; $3,820 in-state; $4,420 out-of-state*|
|Texas Southmost College||4-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$3,432 in-district; $4,732 in-state; $6,032 out-of-state**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Texas Southmost College website