Diagnostic medical sonographers are medical professionals who use ultrasound machines to create detailed images of the organs and systems within the human body. These images are then used by doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and disorders.
The responsibilities of a medical sonographer include:
- Obtaining and recording patient histories
- Performing diagnostic procedures
- Providing an oral or written summary of their findings
- Making patients feel comfortable
- Archiving computerized images
- Maintaining accurate records
How to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Diagnostic medical sonography schools, such as the American College for Medical Careers, teach students how to become a diagnostic medical sonographer through a combination of distance and on-campus training. At the College for Medical Careers, this program is designed for individuals who have already earned a Bachelor of Science degree (in any field) and are interested in beginning a career in the healthcare field.
As you look at diagnostic medical sonography schools, it’s important to keep a few important tips in mind:
- Do you meet the program requirements? At the College for Medical Careers, for example, incoming students must have 60 semester credits from an accredited institution that they can use as transfer credits in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree.
- Is the program accredited? Attending an accredited program will both ensure that you are well trained for your career and able to sit for the national certification exam after graduation – an essential final step towards becoming a professional sonographer.
Once you are enrolled at one of the diagnostic medical sonography schools in your area, you must complete the program successfully prior to beginning your career. At the College for Medical Careers, this means completing a 20-month program with classes held both online and on campus. Students will also perform a clinical externship at an offsite medical facility, where they’ll have an opportunity to apply the knowledge they learned in school as they develop professional level skills under the guidance of a professional sonographer.