Ultrasound Schools in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has two public institutions that offer degree programs in medical imaging or sonography. Descriptions of the programs can be found below, along with a table of key school information.
- The University of Nevada - Las Vegas, located 9.4 miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree in comprehensive medical imaging with a concentration in ultrasound. The program prepares graduates for careers in various diagnostic techniques.
- The College of Southern Nevada offers an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography with two tracks of study. The college's Las Vegas campus is located 4.5 miles from downtown; additional campuses can be found in North Las Vegas and nearby Henderson.
Comparison of Schools
The table below includes information about tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students, as well as percentages of those in their first year receiving some form of financial aid.
|University of Nevada - Las Vegas||College of Southern Nevada|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)||31,171*||33,942*|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Large city*|
|Tuition and Fees (2019-20)||$8,291 in-state; $23,342 out-of-state*||$3,652 in-state; $10,842 out-of-state*|
|% of First-year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2018)||92%*||84%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2019)||81%*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention rate (2018)||79% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*||Not available|
|Graduation rate (for those who began their studies in 2013)||45%*||12% (transfer-out rate 16%)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) offers programs in medical imaging, radiography, health physics and nuclear medicine. Students interested in ultrasound technology can complete the bachelor's degree program in comprehensive medical imaging with a concentration in ultrasound.
Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Medical Imaging
UNLV offers a Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Medical Imaging program with tracks in magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and ultrasound. The ultrasound track consists of 62-79 core credits and 5-21 elective credits. Courses cover abdominal, gynecological, vascular and obstetric ultrasound.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) offers an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography for individuals interested in ultrasound training. The degree program is part of the college's School of Health Sciences. Although the school has an open admissions policy, the sonography program is a limited-entry program.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
CSN offers an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program that has two available concentrations of ultrasound study: general/vascular ultrasound and cardiac/vascular ultrasound. Students in the 6-semester general/vascular tracks learn how to use ultrasound to image soft tissue areas of the pelvis and abdomen. They also learn to use ultrasound for obstetrical and vascular examinations. Graduates in this degree concentration are eligible to take national registry examinations to become Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT).
Individuals interested in the cardiac/vascular concentration learn to perform ultrasounds on the heart and vascular areas of the human body. This program concentration is also six semesters. Graduates in this concentration are eligible to take national registry examinations to earn the credential of Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and RVT.