List of Ultrasound Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Students who want to pursue careers conducting ultrasounds and other imaging procedures must complete a diagnostic medical sonography training program. Read on to learn about educational opportunities in this field.

It is possible to earn a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography. These programs are most commonly available at two-year colleges, although some four-year schools also offer relevant educational programs.

10 Schools with Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs

Below are schools that offer diagnostic medical technology degrees at various education levels:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,834 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,138 in-state; $11,055 out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,504 in-district; $3,184 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Associate's $2,805 in-state; $9,450 out-of-state
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district; $9,210 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state
Valencia Community College Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,474 in-state; $9,383 out-of-state
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,753 in-state; $8,875 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,104 in-state; $27,890 out-of-state
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,171 in-state; $11,009 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Students looking for an ultrasound program should consider the following:

  • Students should make sure that the program is accredited by the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Students may want to find out about the pass rate for graduates on diagnostic medical sonographer registration exams, since registration is required in some states and preferred by many employers.
  • Students may want to find out if the school offers specialization options, such as the use of ultrasounds for specific conditions, parts of the body or types of patients, including cardiac sonography, pediatric sonography and obstetric sonography.
  • Working adults who want to redirect their careers toward ultrasound may try to find programs that offer online coursework and flexible scheduling options.

Associate's Degree Programs

A common educational program for aspiring diagnostic medical sonographers is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. These two-year programs cover basic medical concepts and train students to work with ultrasound and other imaging equipment. Students must also fulfill general education requirements.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor's degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography begin with the same introductory scientific coursework as associate's degree programs, providing education in topics such as medical terminology and human anatomy as well as general liberal arts subjects. However, because Bachelor of Science (BS) programs last four years instead of two, students also have the opportunity to take more advanced electives in topics such as sonographic pathology and obstetrical sonography, and they may be required to complete an externship prior to graduation.

Certificate Programs

For prospective students who already hold a degree but want to become registered diagnostic medical sonographers, some schools offer certificate programs. These programs typically take one year to complete and mirror the coursework of associate's degree programs, but without the general education coursework. Graduates are prepared for registration exams when they finish.

Ultrasound programs are offered as diagnostic medical sonography certificates and undergraduate degrees at many 2- and 4-year schools. Students may want to consider specialization options and exam pass rates when choosing between programs.

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