San Francisco Ultrasound Colleges with Program Descriptions

Jan 02, 2019

The San Francisco area has a few schools within 40 miles of the downtown area that offer ultrasound programs. Learn about the programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Ultrasound Programs in San Francisco

Students in San Francisco have a few ultrasound program options to choose from. Review certificate, associate's, and bachelor's degree options available at the following three schools, which are located within 40 miles from the city's center. Read through the table to compare the schools side by side.

  • The City College of San Francisco, which offers a certificate program, is the closest to downtown San Francisco at just under 7 miles and has the lowest tuition of the three schools.
  • Foothill College has accredited certificate and associate's degree programs. The school is located around 33 miles from downtown San Francisco in Los Altos Hills, a suburb of San Francisco.
  • Lincoln University is the only area school with an ultrasound bachelor's degree program and is just about 8.5 miles from downtown San Francisco.

Comparison of Schools

Degree availability and campus setting are important factors when determining if a school is a good fit. Use the table below to compare these and other attributes for the three schools discussed side by side.

City College of San Francisco Foothill College Lincoln University
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public, primarily associate's 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 26,299* 15,697* 659*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,598 in-state; $9,010 out-of-state* $1,554 in-state; $8,752 out-of-state* $10,830*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 59%* 37%* 19%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 72% full-time; 44% part-time* N/A* 75% full-time*
Graduation Rate 32% (for students who began in 2014)* 56% (for students who began in 2011)* 83% (for students who began in 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

City College of San Francisco

City College's Health Care Technology Department has a number of programs for those interested in emergency medical services, medical information technology, home care, alternative health care or hospital services. An ultrasound certificate program that focuses on cardiovascular/echocardiography training is offered at the John Adams Campus.

Cardiovascular Technician/Echocardiography Technician Certificate

To enter this 74-unit program, applicants must have taken college-level anatomy; medical terminology and algebra are also recommended. Courses feature training in echocardiography (ECG), ultrasound physics, cardiovascular anatomy and pathology, pharmacology and ultrasound interpretation. Students can expect to participate in both classroom learning and clinical experiences at local medical facilities. Graduates qualify to take certification exams offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Units earned during this program can be used toward an Associate of Arts.

Foothill College

Foothill College offers both certificate and degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). Both programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). For admission to either DMS program, applicants must be CPR certified, pass background and drug screenings and provide proof of health and immunizations. They must also meet academic prerequisites, including completion of an allied health program in a related area or a bachelor's degree in a science major.

Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

To earn the DMS certificate, students must complete 116.5 units. Courses include pathology, gynecology, sectional anatomy, vascular technology, sonographic principles, obstetrics and related physical principles. Along with completing classroom training, DMS students participate in clinical preceptorships for hands-on experience. Graduates are qualified to take the ARDMS certification exams, and they can transfer their course units to the DMS associate's degree program.

Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program features the same 116.5-unit curriculum as the certificate program, with the addition of a minimum of 90 units in general education requirements.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University is a private school that offers a small selection of programs in ultrasound training and business administration. The ultrasound (also called diagnostic imaging) programs include academic courses and provide professional skills development through practicums, externships and laboratory course components. Students can focus their studies on ECG, vascular ultrasound or both.

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Imaging

This program has a curriculum similar to the ultrasound certificate program, but does not include advanced and transcranial studies. It also adds general education courses for a total of 77 units. Core and general diagnostic imaging courses include medical terminology; ultrasound principles and protocols; anatomy; abdomen and small parts scanning; obstetrics and gynecological imaging; physiology and ultrasound physics. Depending on the concentration, students might take additional courses in echo imaging, scanning, vascular Doppler techniques, hemodynamics, arrhythmias interpretation and ECG interpretation.

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging

The bachelor's degree curriculum is the same as that for the ultrasound certificate, with the addition of general education courses. Graduates of the 122-unit program are eligible for ARDMS certification exams.

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