Sonography Schools in the U.S.

Sonographers specialize in diagnostic medical procedures that employ sound waves to produce visual images of human organs and fetuses. When selecting a sonography school, students look for accredited schools that offer specializations and clinical rotations.

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Sonography programs can be found at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Sonography is a field that is divided into nine subcategories, including abdominal sonography, fetal echocardiography, neurosonology, obstetrical/gynecological sonography and vascular technology.

Schools with Medical Diagnostic Sonography Programs

These schools offer sonography programs that include both classroom and clinical training.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $37,124
Seattle University Seattle, WA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $39,690
University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,501 in-state, $19,887 out-of-state
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Associate's $10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state
Weber State University Ogden, UT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,321 in-state, $14,235 out-of-state
St. Catherine University St. Paul, MN 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $35,500
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,838 in-state, $24,825 out-of-state
Washburn University Topeka, KS 4-year, Public Certificate $6,350 in-state, $14,222 out-of-state
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's $8,897 in-state, $26,477 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when seeking schools in this field:

  • Students should look for schools that offer specializations in the sonography subcategories they are interested in.
  • Students should apply to programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Schools that offer clinical rotations in multiple facilities throughout various specializations will help students decide which specialization is the best fit for them before entering the workforce.
  • Students should consider a program that offers preparation for certification through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Certificate in Sonography

A certificate is useful for entry-level diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound technician positions in hospitals and clinics. Programs include coursework and clinical training.

Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A 2-year associate degree program offers more training than does a certificate program. Students may begin to specialize into general categories such as cardiac ultrasound, vascular ultrasound or general ultrasound. They learn to obtain measurements, produce sonograms, review patient information and manipulate machines. Programs include clinical training.

Bachelor's Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A 4-year sonography or ultrasound major is a comprehensive education in the many facets of ultrasound diagnostics. Learners explore several areas of sonography, such as obstetrical, abdominal, cardiovascular and vascular sonography. Students complete several clinical practicum experiences and externships.

Medical sonography programs are available at the certificate, associate's, and bachelor's degree levels. Students who complete these programs are available for certification through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

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