Several colleges and universities offer online bachelor's and master's degree and certificate programs in various areas of ultrasound scanning, including general, vascular and cardiac. Much of the coursework can be taken online, though most programs require a certain amount of clinical education to be completed in class or at a hospital or imaging center. Certificate programs are offered entirely online while degree programs are offered in a blended format. Programs may require a certain amount of credit hours or previous degrees, and externships or internships are often necessary. Read on to learn more about a few schools offering programs.
Nova Southeastern University
Online learners seeking ultrasound education can find flexible distance learning bachelor's and master's degree programs in vascular sonography at Nova Southeastern University. The online program in vascular sonography provides educational materials, communication and content through the online instructional platform WebCT. Distance learners have access to online databases through the university's electronic library.
MHS in Vascular Sonography
A bachelor's degree, including pre-med curriculum, and two letters of recommendation are required for the Master of Health Science in Vascular Sonography. This 26-month program combines online courses in health science and vascular technology, including epidemiology, biostatistics, ultrasound physics, venous testing and cerebrovascular testing, with 2,000 hours of clinical training on campus.
Online learners are required to complete externships, independent study and an internship. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in research centers, vascular centers and vascular labs.
Ultrasound education students can enroll in a flexible online certificate program at Washburn University. Online learners must meet computer and Internet requirements in order to access the online learning platform ANGEL and communication tools.
Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The coursework for the certificate programs in sonography at Washburn University is offered entirely online, and the required clinical work can be arranged at a location that is convenient for the student. Online learners choose one of three tracks, including general and vascular sonography, vascular sonography and cardiac sonography.
Coursework includes studies of human disease, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, general sonography procedures and cardiovascular monitoring. About 24 hours of clinical practice are required per week during the certificate program. The online diagnostic medical sonography program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Online bachelor's and master's degree and certificate programs are available to individuals interested in becoming ultrasound technicians. Many programs require a certain amount of credits when applying and there is generally an in-person clinical element required.