In New York, students can gain ultrasound instruction through certificate courses or associate's and bachelor's degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography or imaging. These programs offer training to help prepare students for the professional certification exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
At least three of these programs require applicants to already hold an associate's degree or higher in a health-related field; the other programs accept entry-level applicants. Hands-on training is a common component, and some programs include required internships.
Hudson Valley Community College
Hudson Valley Community College in Troy offers a New York State Education Department-accredited certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography that takes one year to complete. In order to enroll, prospective students are required to have obtained an associate's degree in the field of allied health or a bachelor's degree. They must also have maintained at least a 2.5 overall GPA and accumulated 400 hours or more of experience in clinical care. Course topics include sonography physics, pathophysiology, cross-sectional anatomy, and physical instrumentation.
Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
Based in Brookville, Long Island University offers a bachelor's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography at the university's campus in Brooklyn. Students typically apply to the program during their sophomore year and are required to submit a separate application, a personal statement, and official college transcripts. During their first two years, students cover basic course topics, such as anatomy, physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as other liberal arts and sciences courses. In their junior year, students explore areas such as cardiac scanning, neurosonography, echocardiograpy, and vascular sonography.
Rochester Institute of Technology
This school located in Rochester offers students a bachelor's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography that emphasizes both practical and clinical-based training, in addition to training in the fields of administration and research. Course topics include medical genetics, human anatomy, sonography physics, and medical pathophysiology. In addition, students participate in one-year clinical internships that are completed at medical facilities approved by the institute.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn offers an accredited bachelor's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography, the first program of its kind in the United States. Students may receive specialized sonographic training in areas such as obstetrics-gynecology, abdomen, echocardiology, and small parts. The program divides training into three domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. To supplement their core academic training in areas such as pediatric echocardiography, sonography research, and cross-sectional anatomy, students may also pursue independent study courses and free clinical experiences in Brooklyn.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse provides students with two bachelor's degree program options in diagnostic medical sonography that award a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS). The programs are administered through the school's College of Health Professions. The BPS program is a transfer program requiring an associate's degree in medical radiography or medical imagery.
Both programs include course topics in ultrasound physics, abdominal ultrasound, health care ethics, and obstetrics ultrasound. In addition to conventional classroom study, students will also receive training through a clinical practicum and a senior project in ultrasound. Students in both programs start these courses in their junior year, with BPS student having first graduated from associate's degree programs.
Trocaire College in Buffalo offers a one-year certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography that includes clinical and lab training. In order to enroll in the program, students are required to have obtained an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or a diploma in radiologic technology with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Course topics include cross-sectional anatomy, ultrasound physics, obstetrical sonography, and pelvic sonography. Once students complete this program, they are eligible
Western Suffolk BOCES
Western Suffolk BOCES, in Northport, offers a two-year certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography. For entry into the program, students must have obtained at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, at least a 2.0 GPA in college-level courses in general physics; anatomy and physiology; algebra, statistics, or higher math; and English, as well as have a sufficient pre-entrance exam score and computer access. Course topics include imaging modalities, ultrasound physics, and breast ultrasound.
While the state does not require licensing to become a medical sonographer, the schools profiled below prepare graduates to take the exam administered by the ARDMS to become registered in the field. Doing so shows prospective employers that these individuals have reached a certain level of expertise. The ARDMS exam is composed of nine areas of specialization, including vascular technology and fetal echocardiography.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Hudson Valley Community College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $5,812 in-state
|Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$37,763|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$42,345|
|SUNY Downstate Medical Center||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging|| $7,481 in-state
|SUNY Upstate Medical University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound),
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Ultrasound
| $7,771 in-state
|Trocaire College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate||$17,650|
|Western Suffolk BOCES||2-year, public; large suburb||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate||$43,050|
Sources: *NCES Navigator.