Ultrasound Schools in Durham, NC with Degree Program Overviews

There is only one school within 60 miles of Durham that has ultrasound degrees. To find out if it is the right college for you, read an overview of its admission and program requirements.

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Durham Area Ultrasound Programs

While there are limited options in the Durham area for prospective ultrasound students, one school in the vicinity does offer a couple of program options. Learn about the required classes and clinical work at the college, and check out a table of stats for the institution. There's information on costs, campus setting, enrollment numbers and more. The article also includes a few details on other area school options.

  • Johnston Community College (JCC) in Smithfield, North Carolina, is about 60 miles and an hour's drive from Durham's downtown district. The school features two ultrasound associate's programs that prepare graduates for work in medical and educational settings.

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School At a Glance

To find out more about the profiled school, review the table below. It has information that can help you decide if the college suits your academic needs as well as the needs of your wallet.

Johnston Community College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 4,021*
Campus Setting Rural Fringe
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,401 in-state; $8,545 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 69%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 67% full-time; 44% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 24%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College's ultrasound programs prepare students to work as ultrasound technicians, also known as diagnostic medical sonographers. To enroll in either program, certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant 1 is required before March 1 of the year admitted; programs begin in the fall. Applicants must also take an academic skills test, pass drug and criminal background checks, be CPR certified and meet health qualifications.

Associate Degree in Medical Sonography

Students enrolled in this 2-year medical sonography program learn to use ultrasound frequencies to take images of internal body structures for medical diagnosis, including how to identify normal and abnormal images. They study abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological and vascular sonography, as well as neurosonology, sonographic physics and anatomy. Clinical practice and case study analysis are also required. Graduates may be eligible to take ultrasound exams in physics and instrumentation through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Associate Degree in Cardiac and Vascular Sonography

Students in JCC's cardiovascular ultrasound program learn to operate ultrasound equipment to create diagnostic images of the heart and vascular system. Training covers a wide range of subjects, such as Doppler sonography, anatomy and physiology, sonographic physics, echocardiography and vascular sonography. Through clinical practice, students gain experience in performing ultrasound exams, as well as in patient care and effective communications. Graduates may be qualified to take several ARDMS certification exams, including adult echocardiography, vascular technology and cardiovascular physics.

Other Schools

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem is 83 miles from Durham's downtown district and offers an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Sonography program. At about 16 miles from downtown Durham, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill is much closer, but its ultrasound program is available exclusively to physician interns who have graduated from medical school.

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