Tulsa-Area Schools with Ultrasound Programs
Students who are interested in studying ultrasound technology might consider enrolling in a certificate or degree program in diagnostic medical sonography, medical imaging or a similar field. The Tulsa, OK, area is home to three schools offering such programs. Two are very close to downtown, while the other is about 55 minutes away. This article looks at those three institutions and the relevant programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about all three schools, such as enrollment, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on time. This is arranged in a way that makes it easy for prospective students to compare the schools.
- Tulsa Community College (TCC), eight miles from downtown Tulsa, offers a program in diagnostic medical sonography that can award students with either an associate's degree or certificate.
- Seven miles from the city center, the University of Oklahoma (OU) - Tulsa offers a bachelor's degree in medical imaging and radiation sciences. OU-Tulsa is a campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).
- Bacone College is in Muskogee, 51 miles from downtown Tulsa. This school provides an associate's degree in medical sonography, along with a bachelor's degree in medical imaging.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors to consider when choosing a college. The following table displays some important information about each of these schools and can help in the decision-making process.
|Tulsa Community College||University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center||Bacone College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||16,897*||3,139*||934*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Distant town|
|Tuition & Fees(2017-2018)|| $3,221 in-state
$8,237 out-of-state *
| $4,788 in-state undergraduate
$20,169 out-of-state undergraduate *
$5,119 in-state graduate
$19,778 out-of-state graduate
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||87%||42%||95%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A||73%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)|| 61% for full-time students
42% for part-time students*
|N/A|| 43% for full-time students
40% for part-time students*
|Graduation Rate||15% (23% transfer-out rates) (for those who began their studies in 2014)||N/A||14% (48% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2011)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Community College offers both certificate and associate's degree programs in allied health, digital media, child development, business, information technology, human services and more. Students interested in ultrasound technology can earn a workforce development certificate or associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography through the Allied Health Services Division.
Certificate/Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students pursuing the certificate or associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography are required to complete the same core requirements. The program requires students to complete five ultrasound imaging courses in addition to courses in ultrasound physics, vascular sonography, abdomen sonography and obstetrics. The associate's degree is 65-66 credits and includes additional general education requirements.
University of Oklahoma - Tulsa
The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa is part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Allied health programs are offered in radiography, sonography, nursing, public health, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Imaging and Radiation Science - Sonography
The Bachelor of Science in Imaging and Radiation Science - Sonography is a 2-year program that requires applicants to have previously earned 64 semester hours of coursework. Courses cover topics in radiologic physics, patient care, radiation protection and healthcare management. Students also learn about ultrasound physics and instrumentation, cardiac sonography, obstetrical sonography, abdominal sonography and correlative imaging. The program also requires that students complete four clinical sonography programs.
Bacone College is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college that offers programs at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Divisions and schools at the college include arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences and general studies. Ultrasound courses are offered through the sonography and medical imaging programs within the School of Health Sciences.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Program coursework includes ultrasound physics, ultrasound instrumentation, pathophysiology, embryology and the effects of ultrasound. Some courses are a combination of lectures and lab work, such as abdominal ultrasound, OB/GYN ultrasound, vascular ultrasound and an introductory course in diagnostic medical sonography. One course and lab focuses on imaging joints and glands. Several clinical courses are conducted in supervised clinical settings at area health facilities, allowing students to operate imaging equipment.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging (Degree Completion)
This program is designed for those already working in the medical imaging field who are seeking to complete their bachelor's degree. The program combines online and classroom instruction without the inclusion of clinical experiences, providing students the opportunity to continue working while pursuing this degree. Coursework addresses the principles of medical and digital imaging, radiobiology, radiation protection, medical imaging management and quality management.