Norfolk, VA, Ultrasound Training
Students seeking ultrasound or sonography training have limited options in the Norfolk, VA, area. However, there is one solid option at a school within a six-minute drive of downtown. Learn about the school and its training program. Also, check out the table below for additional school data.
- Tidewater Community College is located less than six miles from downtown Norfolk and offers a diagnostic medical sonography associate's degree program.
School at a Glance
Even when only one option presents itself, the more information you have, the better. Keep reading to learn about this school's tuition, graduation rate and enrollment.
|Tidewater Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||22,776*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $5,434 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)|| 61% for full-time students
38% for part-time students*
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)||20% (14% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College (TCC), part of the Virginia Community College System, serves students primarily in the South Hampton Roads area through campuses in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth. TCC has accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college provides career and technical education programs offering certificates, Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as transfer programs offering Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.
Students can pursue career and educational programs in business, public service technology, engineering and industrial technology, information systems and health. The school also has transfer degree programs, developmental courses, continuing education, apprenticeships and English as a Second Language courses. An opportunity is also available to earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies on campus. The Health Professions Division, located on the Virginia Beach campus, offers a diagnostic medical sonography program for students in the Norfolk area. In addition to this program, the Health Professions Division offers 13 other programs related to the field of healthcare.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography trains students how to use ultrasound equipment and complete other duties required for diagnostic medical sonographers. The program, which is accredited by the CAAHEP, is one of four such programs in Virginia. There is a limited number of positions open in the program each fall. Students are admitted based on residency, previous formal allied health education and academic qualifications.
All students must complete general education courses during their first semester before progressing to the sonography coursework. The program requires 67 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters. Students begin with courses in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and healthcare orientation and progress to courses such as ultrasound physics and instrumentation, abdominal sonography, obstetrical and gynecological sonography and sectional anatomy. The clinical portion, which includes on-campus labs and hospital rotations, begins during the second semester. Near the end of the program, students take a registry review course preparing them for the ultrasound registry examination.