Sonography schools in Florida prepare students for careers as ultrasound technicians – a highly-skilled and in-demand career field that provides many opportunities for growth and specialization. As a diagnostic ultrasound technician, for example, you may specialize in cardiac, vascular, abdominal or OB/GYN sonography, depending on both your interest level and the job opportunities in your area.
Sonography schools, sometimes referred to as ultrasound schools, provide students with a combination of hands-on and theoretical training to ensure students are well prepared to earn their professional licensure and begin their careers. Through this training, students can expect to learn a combination of: anatomy and physiology, factors that affect blood flow, physical characteristics of sound, vascular ultrasound assessment and advanced screening techniques.
As you begin researching ultrasound schools, it’s important that you keep a few important factors in mind:
- Is the school accredited? Before you even schedule a visit, make sure the sonography program is CAAHEP accredited. This designation, given by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, proves that the school you attend is serious about providing the best possible education to its student body.
- Do you meet the program’s prerequisites? Many sonography schools require that students have a Bachelor’s degree (in any subject) prior to beginning a sonography school program.
- Is the program flexible? Whether you currently work full-time, or have other obligations that prevent you from attending school during certain times of the day, it’s important to find a school that accommodates your needs.
At the American College for Medical Careers, for example, students can select from either a diagnostic or cardiac sonography program – both of which are CAAHEP accredited. Both programs also provide a portion of the coursework off-site, allowing students to take all of their theoretical classes online. To round out the training program, students attend hands-on courses in the campus lab, along with professional externships at area sites.
Through this combination of theoretical and hands-on coursework, ACMC students are well prepared to earn their national licensure and launch their careers after graduation.