Stockton-Area Schools with Sonography Programs
While no schools in Stockton offer sonography training, there are a few within 60 miles of downtown that offer programs in sonography, ultrasound or diagnostic imaging. This article looks at three of those schools and their programs. Aspiring sonography students can refer to a table that's also included. Important information about the schools, such as tuition, size, the graduation rate and the campus setting, is provided here. At the end of the article is the name of a Stockton school with a related program.
- A bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging with a sonography concentration is offered at Lincoln University, which is located about 56 miles from downtown Stockton.
- Cosumnes River College is approximately 37 miles from downtown Stockton. It offers a Certificate of Achievement as well as an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.
- About 61 miles away at Foothill College, students can pursue either a certificate or associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains facts about these schools that a prospective student should consider.
|Lincoln University||Cosumnes River College||Foothill College|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public||4-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||659*||14,120*||15,697*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$10,030*||$1,104 in-state, $8,208 out-of-state*||$1,554 in-state, $8,752 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||19%||73%*||37%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||75% for full-time students*||74% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||83% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||24% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||56% (14% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Students at Lincoln University, which is located in Oakland, can enroll in a bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging with a sonography concentration. This program includes two practicum or externship experiences to help students apply their new skills in a real-world clinical environment.
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
The bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging is a 122-credit program. In addition to the sonography concentration, a concentration in echocardiography is also available. The program includes general education classes, sonography core courses and concentration laboratory requirements. A few of the course topics include the principles of ultrasound, ultrasound physics, OB/GYN scanning, ultrasound for the abdomen and small parts, medical terminology and vascular anatomy. Graduates can take the board examination through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Cosumnes River College
This college offers students the opportunity to study sonography through a certificate and an associate's degree program. Both programs require applicants to have at least 800 hours of either paid or volunteer experience in patient care to be eligible for enrollment. Cosumnes River College holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for its diagnostic medical sonography programs.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate of Achievement
This 60-unit program can be finished in six semesters. Students will study topics like sectional anatomy for medical imaging, abdominal scanning, OB/GYN scanning, advanced OB/GYN pathology and vascular scanning. They'll also be required to complete 32 hours of clinical experience.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The associate's degree has the same core coursework and clinical work as the certificate program, although students must also complete general education requirements. This includes courses in the humanities, composition, communication, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences, among other areas. Students in the associate's degree program may also pursue elective coursework.
Students at Foothill College can pursue career training or earn the credits necessary to transfer to a 4-year university. Foothill College offers both a certificate and an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). Prospective DMS students must have previously earned an allied health associate's degree or a pre-med bachelor's degree. Additionally, courses like anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, physics, math and communications must be completed before applying. Since the programs are accredited by the CAAHEP and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), graduates are immediately eligible to take professional sonography exams through the ARDMS and become credentialed.
Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The diagnostic medical sonography certificate requires 116.5 credits and can be completed in six semesters. The curriculum covers topics in sonography principles, sonography procedures, patient care, pathology, gynecology and obstetrics, vascular sonography and vascular technology. Students are also required to complete five practicums.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
In addition to the 116.5 credits of core sonography courses and practicums in the certificate program, students who want to earn an associate's degree are required to complete 30 credits of general education courses. Graduates of the program will have the diagnostic and technical skills necessary to work in the field, combined with the useful skills obtained from a general education background.
More School Options
Students who want to pursue a related degree in Stockton itself can earn a certificate in radiologic technology at San Joaquin Delta College.