There are only 3 schools in the state that provide ultrasound or diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) programs. Students may choose to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in the field. General education classes are included in both types of programs, as are fieldwork experience that allow students to gain hands-on experiences. Because of the limited number of program options, competition for admission may be steep. At least one of the schools requires applicants to have already graduated or be close to doing so from an accredited radiology program.
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Bryan College of Health Sciences, located in Lincoln, offers adult cardiac sonography/vascular sonography and DMS bachelor's degree programs. The adult cardiac sonography/vascular sonography program features courses in vascular sonography and cardiovascular physiology. Students complete 97 semester hours of major courses and 43 general education hours. DMS majors encounter topics in superficial structure, abdominal and obstetrical sonography. They need to pass 55 semester hours in the major and 66 hours of general education coursework.
Regardless of the program, students must participate in laboratory components and clinical practicums for hands-on experience. Board review is required prior to graduation.
Nebraska Methodist College
Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha has cardiovascular and multispecialty sonography associate's degree programs that require a minimum of 77 credit hours. Courses required before enrollment include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Students take courses in pharmacology and sectional anatomy imaging. They must also develop a portfolio project that they present before graduation. Clinical practicums prepare participants for employment by providing in-the-field skills development.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
A 1-year DMS bachelor's degree program is offered by Omaha's University of Nebraska Medical Center. In order to enroll in this program, students must be a graduate of an accredited radiography program and hold a certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Those close to graduating from a radiography program can also apply.
Courses cover gastrointestinal ultrasound, ultrasound physics, genitourinary ultrasound and neurosonography. Students apply learned concepts though professional projects and clinical work.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers are most likely to hire diagnostic medical sonographers who hold a professional certification. The programs detailed below prepare students to take national certification exams offered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The following programs are also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Read on for more information about the schools in Nebraska that offer ultrasound programs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Estimated Program Cost|
|Bryan College of Health Sciences||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Adult Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography,
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
|$579 per semester hour (cost for 2018-2019; fees excluded)*|
|Nebraska Methodist College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography,
Associate of Science in Multispecialty Sonography
|$580 per credit hour (2019; fees excluded)**|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology||$245 per credit in-state; $771.50 per credit out-of-state (2018-2019)***|
Sources: *Bryan College of Health Sciences, ** Nebraska Methodist College, ***University of Nebraska Medical Center