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Bakersfield, CA Sonography Programs
Students looking to study sonography in Bakersfield, CA, can choose from programs at a for-profit school or enroll in a similar program in radiologic technology at a public school. Both schools are located within 10 minutes of downtown. Following a description of the schools is a table comparing school information and tuition with more details about each program offered. This article concludes with a paragraph describing other area schools offering similar programs.
- The public school option, Bakersfield College, offers a radiologic technology associate's degree program that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and can lead to a career in sonography with additional training. This school is located 5 miles from downtown.
- San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield is a private, for-profit school just 4 miles from downtown. This school offers a sonography associate's degree program with the smallest student-to-faculty ratio at 17:1.
School size and tuition can vary greatly between public and private schools. This table compares school attributes for the schools featured in this article.
|Bakersfield College||San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, private, for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||18,698*||N/A|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$1,326 in-state; $8,102 out-of-state*||$40,500 (entire program cost)**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **San Joaquin Valley College
Students interested in medical imaging careers might find that an associate's degree education in radiologic technology is an ideal entry point into the field. With additional on-the-job training, a radiologic technology education can lead to a career as a sonographer. In addition to classroom learning, students can participate in on-site clinical education at local hospitals and imaging centers.
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
The radiologic technology program at Bakersfield College takes about two years to complete. Coursework covers patient care and positioning, anatomy, medical terminology, radiographic pathology and physics. Students may be required to complete general education courses to fulfill the minimum credit requirements before completing the program.
San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield
In addition to classroom training, students can expect this school's diagnostic medical sonography program to provide training through laboratory instruction and externships. This school selects students for this program according to healthcare work experience, post-secondary education, an application interview and Wonderlic BST assessments.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This program can be completed in 17 or more months. During this program, students may encounter topics in recording technical data, sonography fundamentals, professional aspects and ultrasound instrumentation. Additional courses in abdominal, gynecology, obstetrics and vascular imaging are required.
Other School Options
Students seeking sonography-specific training from a different not-for-profit may need to look about 98 miles south of Bakersfield, CA, at Casa Loma College - Van Nuys. Casa Loma College - Van Nuys is the closest not-for-profit, private school to Bakersfield, CA, that offers a sonography program.