Austin Schools with Ultrasound Programs
This article looks at two schools no more than 15 minutes from downtown Austin that offer ultrasound (also called sonography) training and at the programs they offer. It also features a table of information about the schools, including size, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on time.
- Austin Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees in diagnostic medical sonography and diagnostic cardiac sonography. This school is three miles from downtown Austin.
- The College of Health Professions - Austin awards an associate's degree in diagnostic medical ultrasound. It is about six miles from the Austin city center.
Comparison of Schools
The following table spotlights facts about these schools that prospective students should consider in order to make an informed decision about their training.
|Austin Community College||The College of Health Care Professions - Austin|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; private, for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||40,803*||372*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $2,550 in-district;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||60%*||84%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2016-2017)|| 58% full-time;
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies Fall 2014)||11% (42% transfer-out rate)*||72%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Austin Community College
Austin Community College (ACC) is a college district that provides career training and higher education opportunities to residents in eight counties in central Texas, including training in sonography. The three sonography programs are provided at the Eastview campus in Austin and the Round Rock campus about 20 miles north. Although licensure and/or certification are not required in Texas, graduates from these programs are eligible for certification exams through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Applicants to any of the sonography programs must pass a criminal background check, have all required immunizations and pass a physical exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical-Vascular Sonography
The AAS in DMS program is 65 credits; students are required to pass a nurse aid certification class before applying. Prerequisites consist of medical terminology, biology, physics, math and English. Major courses cover four stages of ultrasound technician training as well as related topics, such as pathophysiology, obstetrics, ultrasound physics and selected topics in sonography. Students are also required to complete 1,488 hours of supervised clinical practice in central Texas health care facilities. Graduates are eligible for ARDMS certification in abdominal and OB/GYN specialties. Students can also pursue an Advanced Technical Certificate in Medical-Vascular Sonography, a 2-semester, 21-credit program with classroom and clinical studies.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Echocardiography)
The 65-credit DCS program follows a similar curriculum as the DMS degree program, but focuses on the heart and incorporates training in pathology and echocardiography techniques for diagnosing cardiac ailments. Major courses explore ultrasound physics, sectional anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, interpersonal communication and ethics, as well as specific topics on echocardiography and vascular technology. This program also requires 1,488 hours of hands-on, supervised training. As above, applicants are required to have nurse aid certification. After graduating, students can pursue ARDMS certification in adult echocardiography. As in the diagnostic medical sonography program, students can also obtain an Advanced Technical Certificate in Cardio-Vascular Sonography by completing a 2-semester program.
The College of Health Care Professions - Austin
The college was founded in 1988 and offers professional training in a variety of allied health care fields. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) provides accreditation. The Austin campus features six programs, including diagnostic medical sonography, through which students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
With 2,075 hours of training via classes, labs, clinical practice and a practicum, this program provides a comprehensive education in sonography. Beginning with the same foundational learning as the certificate program, students move on to study normal and pathology imaging of abdominopelvic, obstetrical and gynecological structures. They also examine advanced ultrasound techniques, including vascular scanning, and discuss professional development as a sonographer.