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What Are Some Well-Known Colleges that Offer Ultrasound Degrees?

A bachelor's program in ultrasound can prepare you to work as a diagnostic medical sonographer. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rush University and Seattle University are among schools that offer bachelor's degree programs in ultrasound.

Information About Ultrasound Education Programs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in addition to programs that result in bachelor's degrees in sonography, cardiovascular and vascular technology, accredited schools and hospitals offer associate's degree and one-year certificate programs. Programs generally include a supervised clinical component that may be conducted in labs, physician's offices or hospitals

Important Facts About This Occupation

Certification Generally required
On-the-Job-Training Available to individuals in a related profession
Similar Occupations Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiologic Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Work Environment Medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians' offices
Median Salary (2019) $68,750 (for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists)*
Job Outlook (2019-2029) 12% (for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York

This school offers a bachelor's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. Students hone their skills in research and administration, along with their diagnostic and scanning abilities. The program includes classes, labs and an internship.

Graduates of this program should be qualified for certification exams in gynaecological, obstetrical, small parts and abdominal ultrasound. The program also is a good starting point for those interested in applying to chiropractic, podiatry, veterinary medicine, dentistry or medical school. Students take courses in the following:

  • Physics, biology and chemistry
  • Physiology and anatomy
  • Ultrasound instrumentation
  • Ultrasound scanning
  • Pathophysiology

Rush University in Chicago, IL

Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Vascular Ultrasound program must have two years of postsecondary education before completing seven quarters at Rush. Graduates should be prepared to take certification exams in diagnostic medical sonography. Courses in this program include the following:

  • Vascular terminology
  • Ultrasound physical principles and physics
  • Procedures in venous ultrasound
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Laboratory management

Seattle University in Washington

Tied as the eighth best regional university in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 2019, Seattle University offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound through its College of Science and Engineering. Students enrolled in the program are provided with an education in the liberal arts, in addition to classes and labs in ultrasound specialities. Students must complete the requirements of the core curriculum, along with major requirements and a 1-year internship. Major courses include:

  • Medical imaging
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Instrumentation lab
  • Professional and research issues
  • Doppler lab and vascular evaluation