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Learn About Ultrasound Technician Colleges, Interview Questions, and Financial Aid

ultrasound technician collegesIf you are just beginning to research ultrasound technician schools, you are probably asking yourself questions such as what are the best schools and what classes are offered?

We’ll answer those questions for you, but first, let’s discuss how to select a school as there are several important factors that should be considered before making a final decision. They are:

  •  Is the school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health and Education Programs?
  • What type of degree is available? Ultrasound technicians need an associate degree or higher. Certificates are only for those who already have a healthcare degree.
  • Does the school only offer general sonography or can you choose a specialty program such as cardiac sonography, obstetrics sonography, and pediatric sonography?
  • Does the school offer career placement?
  • What is the success rate of the graduates?

Ultrasound Technician Colleges

There are over 150 accredited programs throughout the United States. They include:

Seattle University, Seattle Washington

Students enrolled in the school’s College of Science and Engineering Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound will complete a program that consists of 181 credits and includes classroom work as well as clinical and laboratory study. Students need a GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to graduate.

Cypress College, Cypress California

Students will take general education classes in liberal arts along with ultrasound technician courses. The program offers instruction in several specialties such as abdominal sonography and obstetrics and gynecology sonography. Classes include Medical Terminology, Survey of Disease, Ethics, and Cross Sectional Imaging. Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree upon graduation.

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan

Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and the program includes general liberal arts classes, Orientation to Medical Vocabulary, Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Introduction to Sonographic Imaging.

Gateway Community College, Phoenix, Arizona

This school s one of the top diagnostic medical sonography schools in the United States for both student retention and credentialing success. Students can choose to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Courses include Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers, General Physics, Introduction to Diagnostic Sonography, and Clinical Practicum.

Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, Georgia

Before students can enter this school’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography diploma program, they need to complete the three semester Health Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit program for Sonography and earn at least 34 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The diploma program includes classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Specialized Sonographic Procedures.

Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa

Each fall, the school admits 12 to 16 students into their Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, which is divided into two tracks: General and Cardiovascular. The program is five semesters and includes classroom instruction, skills lab, and clinical experience. After students complete the program, they can advance into the Bachelor of Science Health Care Administration program.

Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, Florida

This school offers an associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography. It’s a full-time two-year, six semester track program that includes General Psychology, Medical Terminology, Abdominal Sonography, and Fundamentals of Sonographic Imaging.

Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown and Wilmington Campuses

At the Georgetown campus, students can only take classes in General Diagnostic Sonography, while at the Wilmington campus, students can study either general or cardiovascular sonography. Both prepare students for positions such as sonographers, equipment application specialists, or educators.

Interview

Some schools require an interview before accepting students into the ultrasound technician program. This is because admissions committees want to determine if applicants are a good fit for the program. Questions may include:

  • Why are you interested in sonography?
  • What strengths do you have that make you well suited to sonography?
  • What are you weak points?
  • What are your hobbies?

Financial Aid

Ultrasound technician students are often eligible for financial aid. The money comes from the federal, state, and local level, and may include loans, grants, scholarships, and veterans benefits. Students should consider applying for the Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship which is a $2,500 award for entry-level students given by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

If you would like to learn more about ultrasound technician colleges, please contact us.