Seattle-Area Schools with Ultrasound Programs
This article looks at three schools, none more than 45 minutes from downtown Seattle, and the programs they offer in ultrasound, which is often called sonography. This article also includes information on important aspects of each institution, such as total enrollment, tuition, student retention rate and graduation rate. These facts are arranged in a table, making it simple for aspiring students to compare the schools.
Diagnostic ultrasound programs at these schools are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and prepare students for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography certifying exams.
- Seattle University, located in the heart of downtown, features a bachelor's degree in diagnostic ultrasound.
- About 11 miles east of Seattle, Bellevue College offers an associate's degree in diagnostic ultrasound and a certificate in breast ultrasound.
- An Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is available at Tacoma Community College, which is about 37 miles south of downtown Seattle.
Comparison of Schools
The following table displays information about each school that could be useful to a prospective student.
|Seattle University||Bellevue College||Tacoma Community College|
|School Type*||4-year; private, not-for-profit||4-year; public||4-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||7,278||13,322||6,496|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$42,885|| $3,699 in-state
| $4,146 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||96%||49%||44%|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)*||74%||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*|| 84% full-time
|Graduation Rate*||75% (For students who began their studies Fall 2011)||24% (For students who began their studies Fall 2011)||25% (For students who began their studies Fall 2011)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
Seattle University provides more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs through eight schools and colleges. The university's College of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in ultrasound. Students have the option of pursuing a general/vascular or cardiac/vascular track within the program.
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound
Seattle University's bachelor's degree in diagnostic ultrasound requires the completion of 180 credits, providing students with a liberal arts background while exploring specialties in the field of ultrasound. Students in both general vascular and cardiac vascular tracks are trained in anatomy, biology, ultrasound physics, pathophysiology, medical imaging, echocardiography and vascular evaluation. The program includes a clinical internship, where participants receive hands-on training and have the opportunity to work in real ultrasound settings. In addition to the 4-year, general ultrasound and cardiac vascular tracks, the school provides a 2-year program for transfer students and a post-baccalaureate certificate program option.
Bellevue College offers both vocational and academic opportunities for students. Healthcare-related programs are presented through the Health Sciences, Education and Wellness Institute and include diagnostic ultrasound, nursing, radiation imaging and sciences, nuclear medicine technology and healthcare informatics.
Certificate of Completion in Breast Ultrasound
Bellevue College offers an 8- to 11-credit certificate that is designed for those who already have certification in mammography and want to advance their skills. Students in this program learn how to perform exams, work with the latest equipment and identify and analyze normal and abnormal exam results. Courses include ultrasound physics, breast ultrasound and ultrasound equipment.
Associate in Arts in Diagnostic Ultrasound
There are three associate's degree programs offered in diagnostic ultrasound, which include general ultrasound, vascular technology, and echocardiography. All programs can be completed in two years. The first year of the program requires students to complete academic coursework, while the second year focuses on several clinical practicums. Students in this program learn about medical terminology, equipment, medical imagery and working with patients. Courses include human anatomy, echocardiography, vascular scanning and ultrasound physics.
Tacoma Community College
Tacoma Community College offers over 60 career-related certificates and degrees that focus on areas like business, human services, healthcare and networking technology. Healthcare offerings include an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography.
Associate in Applied Sciences in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This diagnostic medical sonography degree can be earned in seven quarters. Prerequisites cover anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and physics. Program curriculum includes topics in abdominal sonography, physics and instrumentation, gynecological sonography, obstetrical scanning and patient care. Students learn how to perform ultrasound procedures, record results and analyze data. Coursework is completed in both classroom and lab, and clinical education in a professional environment is required.