A large number of students opt to get trained in Ultrasound technology or Sonographers,as that is a highly paid profession in allied healthcare field with great career prospects .There are about 259 universities, colleges, hospitals& vocational training institutes that offer Ultrasound Technician Programs with different durations.
These are as follows:
- Certificate Programs- these are one year duration Programs that are recommended mostly for professionals already in the allied healthcare field who want to increase their marketability .These are not the best choice for students starting their career.
- Associates Degree- A two year programme, which is essential for getting entry level jobs in hospitals, clinics & imaging centres .The prerequisite for enrolment in this is a High School diploma or GED.
- Bachelors Degree-It is a four year degree in ultrasound technician programme that is offered by some universities & colleges .Students opt for specialisations in Vascular ,Breast ,foetal care ultrasound technology
- Masters Degree and PhD in Ultrasound technology –these are three & six year Programs respectively that are taken up by students interested in research for advancement of the technology.
All the above ultrasound technician Programs make the students proficient in operating, handling & maintaining the equipments, provide thorough knowledge of human anatomy, patient positioning, and safety aspects. Specialisation in Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Vascular & Cardiac Abdominal ultrasound technology adds advantage to the course & increases the marketability of the students.
There are several ultrasound technician schools that offer all the above courses online but as extensive practical training is required ,the students have to complete their clinical rotations in a hospital in their vicinity. While choosing Ultrasound Technician Programme students must make sure that the course is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health/Education Programs). Most hospitals prefer recruiting ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound technology) certified Ultrasound Technicians for which the students are required to clear an examination conducted by the above certifying body. The tuition costs of such Programs may range from $5000 to $10,000 per year depending upon the location of the university or college www.ultrasoundtechnicianspro.com