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 40 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 nearly 90 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 technician certificate and associate's and bachelor's degree programs in diagnostic imaging, is about 74 miles from Stockton and offers day and evening classes.
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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||2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||14,467*||15,030*||603*|
|Campus Setting||Large City||Large Suburb||Large City|
|Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$1,104 in-state, $7,440 out-of-state*||$1,551 in-state, $8,391 out-of-state*||$10,215*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014)||76%*||33%*||58%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate for Full-time Students (2013-2014)||73%*||73%*||75%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||26%*||56%*||56%*|
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. The DMS program receives support and funding from the HealthForce Initiative of the Los Rios Community College System,
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 condition. 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.
Although it's an hour-and-a-half 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, prerequisite courses and CPR certification. Prior to clinical practice, students must meet required health standards and pass a background check. 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. Participation in a clinical internship is required 32 hours per week for 5 quarters.
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 offers 3 diagnostic imaging and ultrasound technician programs. Its ultrasound laboratory has modern equipment and provides supervision by qualified professionals.
Ultrasound Technician Certificate
This program takes 107 weeks to complete while attending full-time during the day or in the evening. Students begin by taking classes in human biology and then study anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and ultrasound principles. After completing core courses, learners study the methods of sonography for taking abdominal, small parts, obstetrics and gynecological images. Students may also choose a concentration in vascular ultrasound or echocardiography. Two practicums are required.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
Students earning the associate's degree in diagnostic imaging select a concentration in vascular ultrasound or echocardiography, and take courses in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, ultrasound principles and imaging for obstetrics, gynecology and the abdomen. General education courses are also required. Externships provide experience in a real-world setting.
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 vascular ultrasound, which consists of 21 credits, and are required to complete 2 externships or practicums. Graduates are eligible for the ARDMS exam and certification.