What Are the Top Sonography Schools?

Read on for information on some top schools that provide training in the field of sonography. Get information about schools and programs and how to choose one that's a good fit for you. Learn about school rankings, areas of concentration and student activities. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of Top Sonography Schools?

Certificate or 2-year degree programs in sonography, also called diagnostic medical sonography, are often available at community colleges, but some universities offer bachelor's level or higher programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many employers prefer hiring certified sonographers, and certification is generally necessary in states where these professionals are required to be licensed. Certification requirements usually include completing an accredited program, so you might consider whether a school's program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), or you may want to look for schools offering preparation for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography's certification examinations. Universities affiliated with teaching hospitals may give you a strong foundation in clinical skills.

Two Top Sonography Schools

University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Missouri tied for 61st among top public schools in its 2019 edition. MU's School of Health Professions offers a bachelor's degree in sonography, as well as the first master's program accredited by CAAHEP with tracks in vascular and general ultrasound. The university has 25 sites in which you might be placed for clinical training. You could also participate in the MU chapter of the Student Society of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound. The degree programs from MU lead to the following awards:

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
  • Master of Health Science in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, which was nationally ranked in 16 medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 survey, hosts the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, which is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Through this partnership, you can complete CAAHEP-accredited training in either general diagnostic medical sonography or echocardiography and earn a bachelor's degree. Prerequisites are completed at UW - Milwaukee and the 24-month sonography core curriculum at the UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison. If you already hold a bachelor's degree in radiologic technology or have completed two years of training in this field at a site affiliated with UW - Milwaukee, you have the option to complete a certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography. Programs lead to these awards:

  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography/Vascular Sonography
  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General/Vascular Sonography

Ten More Schools With Sonography Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Arkansas State University Public, 4-year Jonesboro, AR$9,000
Lewis University Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Romeoville, IL$32,500
Quinnipiac University Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Hamden, CT$48,000
University of Iowa Public, 4-year Iowa City, IA$9,000
Chippewa Valley Technical College Public, 2-year Eau Claire, WI$4,000
Gulf Coast State College Public, primarily associate's, 4-year Panama City, FL$2,000
Hinds Community College Public, 2-year Raymond, MS$3,000
Bellevue College Public, primarily associate's, 4-year Bellevue, WA$4,000
Weber State University Public, 4-year Ogden, UT$6,000
Santa Fe College Public, primarily associate's, 4-year Gainesville, FL$2,500

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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