Atlanta Ultrasound Degree Programs
Students interested in training for an ultrasound career in the Atlanta area have, among others, a school option within the city and another in nearby Rome, Georgia. This article covers details about requirements for each institution's program, which are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Also included is a table of school facts and figures, such as information on retention and graduation rates.
- Grady Health System Professional Schools, located directly in Atlanta, is a group of affiliated schools and medical centers that offers an advanced-level certificate program in ultrasound, also called diagnostic medical sonography (DMS).
- Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome provides an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. Although this school is around 54 miles from central Atlanta, its low tuition and degree option may make the drive worthwhile.
Comparison of Schools
After getting details on the programs at the two profiled schools, take time to get some additional info on the institutions' costs, enrollment numbers and more.
|Grady Health System Professional Schools||Georgia Northwestern Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||67*||5,643*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$6,940*||$2,774 in-state; $4,910 out-of-state*|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||43% (federal loans)*||95% (first time, beginning undergrads)*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A||61% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||95% (for DMS program)**||36% (for students who began studies Fall 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Grady Health System
Grady Health System Professional Schools
Grady's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography was founded in 1991 and has 170 graduates. Admission to its advanced-level program is highly competitive, with only 13 students accepted each year. Applicants must have completed a 2-year healthcare program or have an associate's degree in another field as well as healthcare experience. Once accepted, students must pass background and drug checks; provide proof of liability insurance, required immunizations, and CPR certification; and meet health requirements. College-level coursework in anatomy, physiology, psychology, speech, and physics is also required prior to admission.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
This 18-month ultrasound program provides students with an understanding of ultrasound procedures, protocols with patients and ethical standards. DMS specializations covered are abdominal and obstetrics/gynecology. Students learn through a combination of classroom-based study, laboratory simulation work and clinical rotations both at Grady and its partner sites in Atlanta. Throughout the program, students hone their skills in identifying both normal and abnormal anatomy while studying ultrasound images.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
The healthcare programs at this college, including the diagnostic sonographer program, are provided through the Health Technologies Division. DMS program prerequisites include college-level courses and labs in anatomy, physiology, microbiology and physics with a minimum grade of C. There are also general education prerequisites such as college-level algebra and chemistry. Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old, pass a drug test and criminal background check, and submit a health report form.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This degree program offers a combination of classroom and clinical instruction for learning adult, fetal, and pediatric sonography. Topics include obstetrical and pelvic, vascular, abdominal, and specialized diagnostic imaging procedures, with a focus on problem-solving and developing judgment skills. Clinical work experience in a clinic, hospital or other medical facility provides the opportunity to refine imaging techniques and work directly with real patients.