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How to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

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Diagnostic medical sonography programs prepare students for the exam and for their career.

Diagnostic medical sonographers, unlike many career paths in the healthcare industry, do not require an extensive college career. In most states nationwide, to work as a sonographer, people need only an associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and a passing grade on the ARRT Exam.

At American College for Medical Careers, applicants to the diagnostic medical sonography program must:

  1. Possess a minimum of an Associate Degree in any major which is a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter credits (official transcript verification required)
  2. Complete the “Readiness for a Distance Education Program” Declaration
  3. Initial the acceptance of “Aptitude Requirements of the Profession” Declaration Curriculum Requisites

Applicants must also have completed a few college-level curriculum prerequisites before starting the core curriculum of the diagnostic medical sonography program:

  1. Algebra, statistics, or higher mathematics course
  2. General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics
  3. Communication skills (speech, English, composition, etc.)
  4. Human anatomy and physiology

ACMC also requires the following studies to be completed prior to the diagnostic medical sonography education program or taken within the program at the college level:

  1. Patient care
  2. Medical ethics and law
  3. Medical terminology
  4. Pathophysiology

These classes prepare students to pass the exam with the National Board of Surgical, Anatomy and Physiology. An education also enables students to provide their patients with the care they need and the medical team with the level of professionalism expected in sonography.

How can one specialize in diagnostic medical sonography?

Diagnostic medical sonographers focus on one specialty, like obstetrics/gynecology, vascular, abdominal, or adult or pediatric cardiac. Many diagnostic medical sonographers specialize in an additional area, like breast, pediatric, fetal/congenital echocardiography, and phlebology. The additional schooling in sonography specialties can help diagnostic medical sonographers earn more and stay more nimble in the healthcare world.

Career outlook for diagnostic medical sonographers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports a robust employment potential for diagnostic medical sonographers. The organization expects that through 2024, the employment rate for this career will grow 26%, considered “much faster” than the average for all occupations.