Illinois-based students interested in ultrasound and sonography programs have a wide range of schools from which to choose. Such programs may lead to the award of a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree. Usually, schools require applicants to pass background checks, get drug tests, receive immunizations and have current CPR certification. Ultrasound and sonography programs include clinical experiences or rotations in addition to classroom and lab training.
The 11 largest private not-for-profit and public Illinois schools that offer ultrasound and related sonography programs are profiled below.
A 120-semester hour diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) bachelor's degree program is offered at Lisle's Benedictine University. Coursework covers human anatomy and physiology, ultrasound image critique, obstetrical and gynecological pathology, sectional anatomy, sonography fundamentals, vascular imaging and ultrasound physics. Prior to graduation, students complete clinical work, labs and a registry review course (which helps them prepare for the ARDMS national certification exams).
Carl Sandburg College
Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg has an advanced certificate in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). The certificate requires a college degree prior to admission to the program. Admission can be gained either through the previous completion of a nationally accredited Radiologic Technology program along with prerequisite courses or completion of a 24-month patient-care related allied health program along with prerequisite courses. The program consists of 16 months of clinical coursework which prepare the students for sonographic and vascular examination of patients. Its graduates are eligible to take the ARDMS national certification exam.
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn has a DMS certificate program, a vascular sonography certificate program and a sonography associate's degree program. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits all of them. Advanced certificate students need to have already completed an accredited medical imaging or sonography program. The certificate courses cover cross-sectional anatomy, small parts and abdomen scanning, sonographic physics, cerebrovascular scanning and vascular hemodynamics. The associate's degree program has the same courses as the certificate programs but doesn't require the completion of another program. All programs prepare students to take ARDMS certification exams.
Danville Area Community College
This Danville-based community college offers a DMS advanced certificate program that will prepare students for the ARMDS exams. Only those who have a certificate or degree in allied health or radiologic science, a nursing degree or a bachelor's degree in any subject can apply for the DMS program. Applicants who haven't graduated from a radiologic science program must be observed in an imaging or a sonography clinic. This program educates students in obstetrical and gynecological sonography, sonographic physics and instrumentation, abdominal and small parts sonography, cross-sectional anatomy and cardiovascular sonography. Clinical education rounds out this program.
In order to enroll in the diagnostic cardiac sonography and DMS associate's degree programs at Palatine's Harper College, applicants need to complete prerequisites and pass the National League for Nursing pre-admission registered nurse exam. Depending on the program, students are trained in healthcare skills, pharmacology, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, cardiovascular principles and sonographic theory. Lab and clinical experiences are needed for professional training. After graduating, students may take the ARDMS certification exams.
John A. Logan College
John A. Logan College in Carterville has a 50-credit hour diagnostic cardiac sonography certificate program and a 79-credit hour diagnostic cardiac sonography associate's degree program. Students starting the certificate program need to be graduates from an allied health degree program. Certificate and degree students study diagnostic ultrasound foundations, cardiac ultrasound imaging and medical physics. Students also participate in cardiac ultrasound clinics. Graduates qualify for the ARDMS certificate exams for cardiac sonography.
Before enrolling in the 50-credit hour DMS certificate program at Centralia-based Kaskaskia College, applicants must have an allied health associate's degree with proof of national certification. Bachelor's degree holders also qualify for the program. All applicants must complete prerequisites. The DMS program prepares students for ARMDS certification exams. In addition to clinical work, participants complete courses in ultrasound anatomy, physics and scanning.
Lewis University is located in Romeoville and provides a 150-credit hour DMS bachelor's degree program. Graduates will be eligible for the ARDMS certification exams. Students complete clinical work at hospitals. Classes include pediatric and vascular imaging, abdominal sonography, sectional imaging and ultrasound image critique.
Midwestern Career College
Midwestern Career College located in Chicago provides both an Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and a diagnostic medical sonography diploma. Both programs include 380 hours of clinical practice and last 80 weeks. This college does not provide certification through the ARDMS. Students may qualify on their own if they also obtain either a two-year degree in health care, a four-year degree prior to the start of this program, or one year of work experience in sonography starting from the date of graduation from this program.
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Southern Illinois University's Carbondale Campus has a CAAHEP-accredited radiologic sciences bachelor's degree program with a concentration in DMS. This program focuses on national certification exam preparation. Students study anatomy and positioning, pharmacology, imaging modalities and radiographic pathology. The final year includes training in obstetrical and gynecological sonography, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, sonography principles and sectional anatomy. Clinical work is required.
A CAAHEP-accredited DMS associate's degree program can be found at River Grove's Triton College. This 68-credit hour program focuses on ultrasound principles and procedures, patient care techniques, obstetrical and gynecological sonography and ultrasound imagery. The DMS certificate program provides courses in ultrasound physics and ultrasound film critique. The certificate program is offered only to ARRT-registered radiographers. The programs didn't indicate whether specifically prepare for the ARMDS exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, diagnostic medical sonographers have an increased chance of finding a job after earning a certification from a professional organization, such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Benedictine University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$34,290*|
|Carl Sandburg College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Certificate|| $4,670 in-district;
|College of DuPage||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Sonography,
Diagnostic Medical Imaging Advanced Sonography Certificate,
Diagnostic Medical Imaging Vascular Sonography Advanced Certificate
| $4,080 in-district;
|Danville Area Community College||2-year, public; small city||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Certificate|| $4,875 in-district;
|Harper College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography,
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
| $3,684 in-district;
|John A. Logan College||2-year, public; small suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography,
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Advanced Certificate
| $3,766 in-district;
|Kaskaskia College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate|| $4,470 in-district;
|Lewis University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
|Midwestern Career College||2-year, private for-profit; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
|Southern Illinois University - Carbondale||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a Concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $14,704 in-state;
|Triton College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
| $4,170 in-district;
Source: *NCES College Navigator