The school directory below includes 215 local universities, colleges and schools in the United States, which offer CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography programs as of 2016. There are a few schools offering accredited online ultrasound programs for students who prefer distance education. The programs include general sonography programs, cardiac sonography programs, vascular sonography programs and Pediatric Cardiac sonography programs. The school directory is updated in February 2016.
Using the Directory
Students should start by looking for ultrasound programs in particular locations or at particular schools. They can also look for programs based on the type of degree that they want to earn. The school directory provides links to school websites. While this website strives to maintain accurate and updated information, students should double-check both the degrees offered and the institute’s contact information.
Does Accreditation Matter?
When students choose accredited ultrasound technician schools, they receive the best training that can equip them for a lifetime of success. Training programs should have accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. An accredited distance education or online program can work well as long as the ultrasound technician program offers students a large block of practical clinical experience.
Each accredited program has a curriculum that follow standards set by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The main difference between accredited and non-accredited programs is that many states will not certify a sonographer that does not graduate from an accredited program. After completing an accredited sonography technician program and passing an exam, students earn ultrasound certification or licensure in their states.
Is Distance Learning Possible? (with Online Ultrasound School List)
Two institutions offer distance learning programs that allow students to complete online coursework leading to a certificate or degree in medical diagnostic sonography. Clinical internships must be completed at an approved health care facility. Washburn University in Kansas and Jackson University in Michigan help distance learners find approved clinical placements in areas convenient to the student.
After completing a program in medical diagnostic sonography or one of its specialties, students can take examinations through ARDMS to become a registered diagnostic medical sonographer.
Click the links to learn more about available online sonography programs by school:
How to Become an Ultrasound Technician?
Sonographers usually earn at least an associate degree or a postsecondary certificate. They may also earn professional ultrasound certification or state licensure related to a specialty. High school students interested in sonography should take human anatomy, physiology and mathematics courses. The final level of education that sonographers need depends on their career goals.