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Out of the ten private not-for-profit and public schools in Wyoming, only the Laramie County Community College offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. Admission requirements to the program include prerequisite coursework, observation hours, and references. The program may be completed in six semesters and includes clinical training in addition to classroom instruction. Coursework includes general education classes as well as medical sonography courses and lab time.
Laramie County Community College
With campuses in Laramie and Cheyenne, Laramie County Community College offers a diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) associate's degree program. In addition to its CAAHEP accreditation, the program is also accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In order to be accepted into the DMS program, prospective students need to participate in 16 hours of pre-admission observation at an affiliated clinical facility, provide three references and pass prerequisite courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, physics, algebra, psychology and English composition.
Major courses cover cross-sectional anatomy, radiographic patient skills, ultrasound physics, healthcare ethics, various ultrasound specialty areas and DMS basics. The last two semesters of the 6-semester program consist of clinical experiences in hospitals and other health care facilities in Wyoming and neighboring states. Some general education coursework is also required. A total of 95-97 credit hours is required for graduation.
Although Wyoming doesn't require diagnostic medical sonographers to earn state licensure, employers often prefer to hire someone certified through a professional organization, such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The program in this article is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and prepares graduates for certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Laramie County Community College||2-year, public; small suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$3,144 for WY residents; $7,128 for out-of-state residents*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator