Individuals who want to pursue a career performing ultrasound procedures can obtain the necessary education and training to work in the field through diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) programs. Programs in the field lead to the award of certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees. Degree programs include general education classes in addition to sonography and ultrasound classes. Most such programs include a clinical element that allow students access to real patients.
Central Ohio Technical College
Located in Newark, Central Ohio Technical College features an associate's degree program in DMS technology. Students may specialize in cardiovascular or general sonography. The general concentration has courses in sonography principles, abdominal sonography, obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) sonography, sonography physics and breast sonography. The cardiovascular concentration covers topics in echocardiography, vascular sonography and pediatric echocardiography.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Students at this school in Cincinnati can pursue a general imaging or cardiovascular concentration through the DMS associate's degree program. The general imaging concentration focuses on sonographic principles, OB/GYN sonography, abdominal sonography and general imaging sonography. The cardiovascular curriculum provides education and training in cardiovascular sonography, electrocardiography and pathophysiology.
Collins Career Center
Located in Chesapeake, Collins Career Center offers general diagnostic medical sonography and cardiac diagnostic medical sonography certificate programs. Both 2-year programs require applicants to satisfactorily complete prerequisites in medical terminology, physics, math, anatomy and physiology. Students take a mix of didactic and clinical courses, and both programs prepare students for ARDMS exams.
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College's campus in Parma offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. The program includes several specialization options, like abdominal sonography, echocardiography, OB/GYN sonography and vascular sonography. Program requirements ensure that students have an understanding of patient care, sonography scanning, sonographic instruments and medical terminology. Students also take a registry review course that helps them prepare for certification exams.
This school in Kettering offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program that consists of general education requirements, core sonography classes and a clinical externship. The program takes four years to complete, and major courses cover clinical, abdominal, vascular and gynecological sonography. The program also has a registry review course.
Lorain County Community College
This community college in Elyria has an 18-month DMS associate's degree program. The curriculum includes cross-sectional anatomy and ultrasound physics. Graduates may choose to continue their studies in a 4-year program, or they may take certification exams.
Mercy Medical Center
This medical center in Canton provides a DMS program through the School of Sonography. The 12-month program is only available to applicants who hold a healthcare associate's degree or a 4-year degree in any field of study. Students within the program learn about sonographic processes and ultrasound equipment, and all clinicals are completed on campus. Graduates of the program are eligible for ARDMS registry exams for OB/GYN and abdominal sonography.
Owens Community College
Owens Community College is located in Perrysburg and offers a DMS degree program that provides general sonography courses in ultrasound physics, cross-sectional anatomy and medical imaging. An associate's degree program in vascular sonography is also available, though it's not accredited by the CAAHEP. Students take courses in vascular ultrasound and ultrasound physics. Both programs prepare graduates for ARDMS registry exams.
University of Rio Grande
Students at this school in Rio Grande can pursue DMS programs at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. The 73-credit general sonography associate's degree program has courses in instrumentation and abdominal sonography. The cardiovascular sonography associate's degree program educates students about echocardiography, vascular sonography and pediatric echocardiography.
The bachelor's degree program is offered to applicants who already have a sonography associate's degree. Students complete upper-division sonography courses on general sonography, cardiovascular sonography, health communication and medical ethics. All programs prepare students for ARDMS registry exams.
While there are no licensing requirements to work as a sonographer in Ohio, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employers may prefer applicants who have earned sonography certification. Requirements for certification include passing registry exams and completing an accredited program.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited nine sonography programs. Most of the schools explicitly state that students will be prepared for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)|
|Central Ohio Technical College||2-year, public; small suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology|| $4,536 in-state,
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $4,126 in-state,
|Collins Career Center||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
|Cuyahoga Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $3,436 in-district,
|Kettering College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$12,960*|
|Lorain County Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography|| $3,485 in-district,
|Mercy Medical Center||Not applicable; small city||Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma||$9,325 for total program cost (2019-2020)**|
|Owens Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate of Applied Science in Vascular Sonography
| $5,150 in-state,
|University of Rio Grande||4-year, private not-for-profit; rural distant|| Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Concentration in General Sonography or Cardiovascular Sonography)
Bachelor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites