Earning an associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography can give you the job skills you need to begin a new career as a sonographer or ultrasound technician. At the American College of Medical Careers, we provide an associate’s degree program that can be completed in 18 months’ time. Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program provides training in general sonography, with a focus on abdominal and obstetrics/gynecology, as well as some vascular training.
How hard is it to become a diagnostic medical sonographer?
Our program requires 75 credits, and provides plenty of hands-on time with the equipment so that you are comfortable with ultrasound technician job skills before you enter the job market.
Here are some of the topics you will study:
- Anatomy and Basic Physiology for the General Sonographer
- Doppler Physics and Hemodynamics for the General Sonographer
- Physiology and Pathology for the General Sonographer
- Patient Care Practicum
- General Sonography
- General Sonography: Emerging Technologies
- Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation
- General Sonography Practicum
The program is divided into two components. You will participate in introductory courses that provide a foundation in scanning techniques and normal anatomy recognition. Next you will receive more advanced courses that focus on pathological conditions and patient-focused case studies. Most of your courses take place at our campus in Orlando, Florida, but some coursework will also be done online.
What are the prerequisites for admission?
To be eligible to be accepted into the program at ACMC, you must have a bachelor’s degree in any major or an associate’s degree in an allied health field acceptable to ACMC. Meeting this requirement does not guarantee admission. Our admissions representatives can help you understand our application process and our admissions requirements.
Where do sonographers find jobs?
Diagnostic medical sonographers can work in a number of different medical facilities. Most sonographers work in hospitals, but there are also opportunities in diagnostic laboratories and physicians’ offices. Most positions are full-time, and the job may require shift work, evening hours, or weekend hours, since hospitals are open around-the-clock.
Why should I choose ACMC?
When choosing a college for sonography and ultrasound technician training, it’s important to be sure that the institution and the program are accredited. The associate’s degree program at ACMC is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is the largest accreditor in the health sciences field. The school as an institution is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
At ACMC, you have the option of earning an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography. Our campus is dedicated to medical career training, and offers eight different choices for medical career training. For those interested in sonography, we also offer a Cardiovascular Sonography training program, if you would prefer to specialize in cardiovascular ultrasound.
For more information about the programs at ACMC, give us a call, or better yet, schedule a tour of our facilities. We can’t wait to hear from you!