Jacksonville Ultrasound Programs
Ultrasound training is usually offered through medical sonography programs at colleges and universities. Learn about the clinical experiences and coursework required by two schools in the Jacksonville area that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This article also includes a table of facts and figures about each institution that could help narrow your education decision. A bit of information on an additional school choice is provided as well.
- Students in the Jacksonville, FL, area can complete a general-vascular sonography certificate at the Mayo School of Health Sciences, which is located about 16 miles from the city center. Though participants attend classes in Jacksonville, they may be required to spend up to two weeks at the main campus in Rochester, MN.
- Santa Fe College in Gainesville also offers an associate degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. The campus is about 59 miles from downtown Jacksonville.
Comparison of Schools
The tuition and fees required to attend a school are sometimes just as important to consider as its academic programs. Review this table to compare costs and other factors for the two profiled colleges.
|Mayo School of Health Sciences||Santa Fe College|
|School Type||4-year; private||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||451*||14,588*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Midsize suburb|
|Tuition & Fees||$25,825 for entire program (2017-2018)**|| $106.77 per credit hour in-state**
$382.60 per credit hour out-of-state (2018)**
|% of Students Receiving Grant/Scholarship Aid (2016-2017)||60%*||68%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A||Open admissions|
|Graduation Rate||97% (for those who began their studies in 2013)**||50% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School Website
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Although the Mayo School of Health Sciences features a campus in Jacksonville, the main campus is located in Rochester, MN. The sonography program admits 10 students each year: eight students at the Rochester campus and two at Jacksonville. The Jacksonville campus also offers training in radiography, respiratory therapy, radiation therapy, medical laboratory science, surgical technology and other areas.
General-Vascular Sonography Certificate
The general-vascular sonography certificate program provides students with education and training in abdomen, vascular, obstetric and gynecology sonography. The program can be completed in 21 months and requires that students spend 40 hours per week completing didactic coursework and clinical experiences. Much of the coursework is conducted via video with the University of Minnesota - Rochester. Courses cover topics in superficial sonography, ultrasound physics, fetal anomalies and foundations of sonography.
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College is a public college that offers certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs for career preparation or transfer to 4-year institutions. The diagnostic medical sonography associate program who want to pursue certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students in the 5-semester sonography associate program learn through courses, audiovisual presentations, laboratory work and clinical education. Courses cover topics in diagnostic imaging, abdominal sonography, cross-sectional anatomy, superficial sonography, ultrasound physics and ultrasound instrumentation. Clinical practicums allow students to learn the role and duties of a sonographer in a professional setting.
More School Options
The private, for-profit Sanford-Brown Institute -- Jacksonville, another area school, offers a CAAHEP-accredited sonography program leading to an Associate in Science degree.