Typically, diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) programs provide ultrasound courses. Michigan hosts quite a few schools that offer programs in medical sonography or ultrasound, which lead to the award of associate's degrees. At least one bachelor's and one certificate programs are also available. In addition to didactic instruction, such programs include clinical experiences and/or internships.
While Michigan does not require sonography or ultrasound professionals to be licensed, certification and completing an accredited DMS program may be beneficial for employment. One organization, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), provides certification specialty exams for DMS and cardiac sonographers.
Qualifications for ARDMS certification exams differ; some students may become eligible by completing a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited program with no work experience. Other exam candidates need to complete a two-year allied health degree program and have a year of ultrasound work experience.
Except for Lake Michigan College, all of the schools listed below offer CAAHEP-accredited programs. Read on for more detailed profiles about the schools in Michigan to offer ultrasound programs.
Baker College of Auburn Hills
Students at this college in Auburn Hills can pursue an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography. Only a select number of applicants are accepted into the program. Students take courses in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) ultrasound, abdomen ultrasound and pathophysiology. Four clinical courses are also required.
Baker College of Owosso
This school in Owosso has a DMS associate's degree program that is similar to the one at the Auburn Hills campus. Students also complete clinical experiences and didactic coursework. Course topics include small parts ultrasound, instrumentation and patient care.
Delta College is located in University Center and offers DMS certificate and associate's degree programs. The certificate requires 73-74 credits, and the associate's degree requires 86-90 credits. Students in these programs are required to complete general education requirements, major courses, lab work and clinical practicums. Specific course topics include medical terminology, patient care and ultrasound scanning.
Ferris State University
Situated in Big Rapids, Ferris State University has an 80-credit associate's degree program in DMS. The program is six semesters long and includes three clinical internships. Courses cover topics in abdominal imaging, cross sectional anatomy and OB/GYN imaging.
Grand Valley State University
Located in Allendale, Grand Valley State University features a DMS bachelor's degree program. Students have the option of choosing concentrations in general sonography, pediatric/adult echocardiography and vascular sonography. Common courses in the program include radiologic imaging and ultrasound physics. Regardless of which concentration students choose, they will still have to complete clinical experiences.
Jackson Community College
Jackson Community College is located in Jackson, and students at the school can earn a sonography associate's degree with majors in cardiac, general and vascular sonography. The cardiac sonography major focuses on heart imaging and exams. The general sonography program focuses on typical OB/GYN, abdominal and superficial ultrasound issues. In addition to coursework, the general sonography program requires that students complete 1,350 hours of clinical rotations. The vascular sonography concentration features 1,040 hours of clinical work and courses in peripheral arterial, Doppler imaging and cerebrovascular imaging.
Lake Michigan College
Lake Michigan College sits in Benton Harbor and offers a DMS associate's degree program. The program takes 18 months to complete, and students complete didactic and clinical coursework. Courses cover topics in abdomen and OB/GYN sonography.
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College has a 69-credit DMS associate's degree program that includes three clinical courses. Students also take classes in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and sonographic scanning. Admission to the program is competitive.
Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College sits in Bloomfield Hills and offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. Students are required to complete a minimum of 73 credits. The curriculum includes three practicums and courses in sonography fundamentals, cross-sectional anatomy, abdominal pathological imaging and OB/GYN imaging.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Baker College of Auburn Hills||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$9,800*|
|Baker College of Owosso||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$9,800*|
|Delta College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
| $4,010 in-district,
|Ferris State University||4-year, public; remote town||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$11,788*|
|Grand Valley State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $12,484 in-state,
|Jackson Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate in Applied Science in Cardiac, General or Vascular Sonography|| $6,298 in-district,
|Lake Michigan College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $4,500 in-district,
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $3,530 in-district,
|Oakland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $2,408 in-district
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.