Top 5 Ultrasound Technician Schools
If you’re planning on becoming an ultrasound technician . the first thing you’ll need to do is to find a good school. Getting a good education is the first step toward a rewarding and profitable career. There are many institutions nationwide that teach ultrasound. The one you select will depend largely on your location, educational budget, and preferences. But knowing about a few really highly recommended programs can give you a standard to judge by. And if you happen to feel that one of these schools is right for you, you can by all means apply to it and try to attend.
The following are some well regarded and recommended ultrasound programs:
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is located in Los Angeles, California. This school offers a Bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The school is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and other accrediting organizations.
As far as the program is concerned, such areas as anatomy, abdominal sonography, and ultrasound laboratory experience are covered. The tuition tends to be fairly affordable at $468.00 per credit.
This is not a school at which you can start off with a high school diploma unfortunately. The University requires student to have an Associate’s degree before being eligible to enroll in their program. (they do not provide some of the programs after recent changes, consult with them)
Seattle University (located of course in Seattle Washington) offers a course in ultrasound through its College of Science and Engineering’s Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound. This is another CAHEEP accredited school. This is a Bachelor’s degree program as well.
The program itself consist of 181 credits. Students must attain at least a 2.5 GPA average in order to graduate. As in any reputable program, the course of study consist of both classroom work and clinical and laboratory study.
Students with only a high school diploma may apply to this school. However they also need to have two letters of recommendation and write a personal essay as well as filling out the ordinary undergraduate admissions examination and a supplemental diagnostic ultrasound application. The tuition at this school is fairly high 45,493 per year for on campus students, and $38,284 for those who do not reside on campus.
Newman University is situated in Wichita Kansas (don’t let the threat of tornados scare you off). The University’s four year sonography program confers a Bachelor of Science degree upon successful completion.
The program covers ultrasound theory, instrumentation, anatomy, scanning techniques and technologies, and advanced ultrasound methods. It also has a generous amount of hands on practical clinical ultrasound experience included.
The requirements to apply for this program are that a student must have completed an RN nursing program before applying and also have an Associate’s degree in a related area of the health industry.
Though the application eligibility requirements are somewhat more stringent than some other schools, the tuition is more affordable. U.S. residents pay $9,936 annually and international students pay $19,872.
Set in sunny Cypress California, Cypress College is a four year academic college. However the degrees it offers in ultrasound are two year Associate’s degrees. This school is CAHEEP accredited and also approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This school also offers a one year certificate program.
The program includes instruction in a number of different ultrasound specialties such as abdominal ultrasound, pelvic sonography, and obstetric work. General education classes in liberal arts are also part of the program.
Ferris State University
Ferris State is a public university. Like Cypress, it is both CAHEEP and ARRT accredited. The university offers an Associate of Applied Science degree. The main specialties in which the program offers instruction are obstetric and gynecological ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound. The program includes three clinical internships as well as liberal arts general education requirements.
A Word about Accreditation
The overwhelming opinion of those that have attended ultrasound schools and subsequently sought work is that CAHEEP accredited schools are by far the best choice. People report that it is often easier to get a job with larger institutions like hospitals with a degree from a CAHEEP accredited program.
The place to begin your ultrasound technician career is to find a good, preferably CAHEEP accredited school. A good education can make a big difference as to how a career gets off the ground. Beware of inexpensive “career schools” that are not accredited and promise quick high paying jobs. If not outright scams, these schools are often poorly regarded by employers and give spotty, low quality education. Shoot higher academically and you will probably be glad you did.
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