Medical Ultrasound Degrees in Stockton, CA with Program Summaries

Jan 02, 2019

There are four schools within 65 miles of Stockton, California, that have medical ultrasound degree programs. Read an overview of the programs at three schools, as well as requirements and admission info to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Stockton Ultrasound Programs

Students in the Stockton area who want to learn medical ultrasound, also called diagnostic medical sonography (DMS), have a few options. However, the closest option is still 40 miles away from Stockton's city center. Read about the types of programs offered at each school as well credit requirements, tuition costs, and other variables.

  • Cosumnes River College, about 37 miles away in Sacramento, is a community college that offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in DMS. This program is the least expensive option for residents.
  • Foothill College is around 61 miles away in Los Altos Hills, but offers accredited certificate and associate's degree DMS programs. This program is slightly less expensive for non-residents.
  • Lincoln University in Oakland, which offers an ultrasound bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging, is about 55 miles from Stockton.

Comparison of Schools

Tuition, school type, and campus setting are important factors to consider when choosing a school. Compare these and other attributes from each school in the table below.

Cosumnes River College Foothill College Lincoln University
School Type 2-year, public 4-year (primarily associate's), public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,120* 15,697* 659*
Campus Setting Large City Large Suburb Large City
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,104 in-state, $8,208 out-of-state* $1,554 in-state, $8,752 out-of-state* $10,830*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 37%* 19%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate for Full-time Students (2016-2017) 74%* N/A - not reported* 75%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 24% (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 56% (for those who began their studies in 2011)* 83% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator

Cosumnes River College

Cosumnes River College's DMS program features both certificate and associate's degree options. Both are open to those with an associate's degree and paid patient care experience. Applicants must also fulfill course prerequisites, be certified in CPR and provide proof of required immunizations.

Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Through the certificate program in DMS, students become familiar with sonographic principles and learn how to use ultrasound equipment and instruments. They scan body parts, such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidney. Other courses teach how to scan the female reproductive system, including how to identify fetal markers during pregnancy. Graduates will be qualified to follow standard diagnostic procedures, obtain diagnostic images and provide quality care to patients.

Associate in Arts in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The associate's degree program in DMS prepares students to interact with other medical professionals and provide technical information about patient conditions. Participants learn to use ultrasound equipment for scanning abdominal organs, the female reproductive system and the vascular system. Directed practice courses include performing sonographic examinations in a healthcare facility.

Foothill College

Although it's an hour from Stockton, Foothill College offers 2 accredited DMS programs. To enroll in either program, applicants must have a 2-year degree in an allied health field, as well as experience in direct patient care and prerequisite courses. Graduates are qualified for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam.

Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

During the 18 months of this program, students learn the principles and procedures of DMS. Studies include patient care, sectional anatomy and areas of sonography practice such as obstetrics, abdominal structures, gynecology and the vascular system.

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program is the same as for the Certificate of Achievement, with the addition of general education requirements such as English, math, social science, humanities and the natural sciences. The associate's degree program takes 2 years, including a summer semester.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University offers a diagnostic imaging and ultrasound technician program. Its ultrasound laboratory has modern equipment and provides supervision by qualified professionals.

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging

Core courses for the bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging include medical terminology, ultrasound principles, ultrasound technology and ultrasound physics. Students learn how to use ultrasounds for gynecology, obstetrics and abdominal systems. They also select from a concentration in echocardiography or sonography, which consists of 21 credits, and are required to complete 2 externships or practicums. Graduates are eligible for the ARDMS exam and certification.

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