Jersey City Area Ultrasound Schools
Several schools in the Jersey City area, including some in nearby New York, offer programs in ultrasound, also known as diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). This article discusses the two schools located within 15 miles and gives overviews of their programs. The table compares important school data. Also included is a short paragraph about other school options for your further consideration.
- Situated about 15 miles from Jersey City, Bergen Community College (BCC) in Paramus, NJ, has an associate's degree program in this allied health discipline.
- New York Methodist Hospital's Center for Allied Health Education (NYMH), about 10 miles away in Brooklyn, offers a 2-year diagnostic medical sonography program.
Comparison of Schools
The cost of attending college is an important factor, and there are many other issues to consider. Use the following table to compare information about these three schools.
|Bergen Community College||New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,062*||393*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large City|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$4,446 in-district; $8,046 in-state; $8,338 out-of-state*||$21,591*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||57%*||63%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||66% full-time; 52% part-time*||93% full-time*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2014)||22%*||75%*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Bergen Community College
Admission to health profession programs at BCC, including the DMS program, requires that students carry professional liability and personal health insurance, be certified in CPR, submit proof of a recent health exam and immunization records, and pass a criminal background check. In addition, prospective DMS students must complete a standardized admissions exam.
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students must earn 43 credits in the major and a total of 66 credits to receive this degree. Topics covered include cross-sectional anatomy, physics and instrumentation for DMS, echocardiography, vascular imaging, and advanced ultrasound practices. Through practica at clinics throughout New Jersey, students learn how to perform different types of ultrasound exams, including obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal, and vascular; students must provide their own transportation.
New York Methodist Hospital - Center for Allied Health Education
This school offers programs in several diagnostic imaging modalities, including sonography. Applicants to this program must pass an entrance exam, meet physical health standards, and pass criminal and drug background checks. Students who graduate from NYMH may receive credits that can be applied toward a bachelor's program at one of the school's affiliates.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Partnering with SUNY Empire State College, the Center offers an associate degree/certificate program in this subject. Graduates receive the degree from ESC and a certificate from the Center. Students take courses in medical terminology, physics, patient care, global health and quality management. Sonography courses are a combination of lectures and labs. Two tracks of study are offered: abdomen & OB/GYN or echocardiography and vascular.
The School of Imaging at the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools provides a diagnostic medical sonography certificate program in Plainfield, NJ. Union County College in Cranford, NJ, offers an associate's degree program for graduates of the JFK certificate program. Another option in the Jersey City area is Rutgers University, which offers a DMS certificate program at its Scotch Plains campus.