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How to Become a Sonographer

how to become a sonogorapher, photo of ultrasound technicianEarn an associate’s degree in 18 to 20 months at ACMC

Sonographers—also known as ultrasound technicians—are critical members of the healthcare field. They are trained to perform ultrasound imaging studies that help physicians make diagnoses, decide on treatments, and ultimately set patients on the best track for their health.

How can you become a sonographer? And what kind of sonographer would you want to be? There are general sonographers, and there are also specialized sonographers, specializing in areas of the body such as abdominal, OB/GYN, cardiac, neuro, breast, and musculoskeletal.

At ACMC, we offer two sonography programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, which is our more general course that focuses mainly on abdominal and OB/GYN, and Cardiovascular Sonography, which focuses on the heart and the vascular system. ACMC also has an online Sonography Bridge program that allows sonographers with an associate’s degree to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements

What do you need to enter our sonography programs? We are looking for students who have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or 
  • An associate’s degree in an allied health field that ACMC deems acceptable

Having these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into our program. Our Admissions advisers can help you with our application process.

Courses

The courses at ACMC will provide you with plenty of hands-on experience to get comfortable with the skills needed to be an ultrasound technician. Here are some of the topics you will study in our program:

  • Basic human anatomy
  • Physiology and pathology
  • Hemodynamics and Doppler physics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Ultrasound instrumentation
  • Patient care practicum

During the program, you will start with intro courses that focus on scanning techniques and normal anatomy. As you get more comfortable with these skills, you will focus more on pathologies and patient case studies.

Degrees

ACMC offers both associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees, depending on your career goals. Both the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Cardiovascular Sonography associate’s degree programs can be completed in about 18-20 months, depending on your educational background.

The workplace

Sonographers keep busy schedules, working with patients throughout the day to conduct the prescribed studies. Sonographers can work in a variety of healthcare facilities including:

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Specialists’ offices
  • Emergency centers
  • Trauma centers
  • Surgery centers

If the sonography programs at ACMC sound good to you, why not take a moment to learn more about our school? Located in Orlando, Florida, we offer close proximity to many medical establishments. Come take a tour and learn more about us!