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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 Prepare for your future career as an ultrasound technician today

Considering ultrasound technician schools?  ACMC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares you for a rewarding career as an ultrasound technician. This comprehensive, full-time program is offered both as a Degree or Diploma course requiring 18 to 20 months, depending on your background and program.

Following program completion, graduates can perform diagnostic ultrasound studies of the abdomen, pelvis, womb, and superficial structures. Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program combines online learning with hands-on lab experience to provide you with a thorough background in ultrasound.

Come visit one of our campuses and scan on real ultrasound equipment just as you would if you were already working in a medical facility. Learn under the direct supervision of our nationally-credentialed sonography instructors.

Our ultrasound training program also includes a clinical externship at a medical facility where you will gain valuable real-world experience in sonography.

ACMC’s programs also allow you to specialize in General Sonography, focusing on abdominal and obstetrics/gynecological ultrasound, or Cardiac Sonography. Both programs provide some vascular training.

Learn more about our Cardiovascular Sonography training program.

Contact us to receive more information about our Diagnostic Medical Sonography training program.

What do diagnostic medical sonographers do?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, and blood vessels. The sound waves produce images that can be recorded for diagnosis by a physician.

Sonographers begin an exam by explaining the procedure to the patient and recording any relevant medical history. Although techniques vary by the area of examination, sonographers usually spread a special gel on the skin to improve the image quality.

Viewing the screen during the scan, Sonographers look for subtle visual cues that contrast healthy areas from unhealthy ones. They select the images to store for physicians.

Sonographers also take measurements, calculate values, and analyze the results in preliminary findings for physicians. In addition, they may prepare work schedules, evaluate equipment purchases, or even manage their department.

Where do diagnostic medical sonographers work?  There are a variety of work environments including hospitals, doctors’ offices, imaging centers, and mobile service centers. Work schedules are flexible and can be full-time, part-time, or PRN (as needed).

Sonographer specialization

Sonography graduates with a General Concentration may specialize in Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography or Abdominal Sonography. Graduates from our Cardiovascular Sonography training program specialize in the imaging of the heart.

Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonographers specialize in the imaging of the female reproductive system. Included in this discipline is one of the more well-known uses of sonography: examining an expecting mother’s baby to track its growth and health.

Abdominal Sonographers inspect a patient’s abdomen to diagnose conditions involving the gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, and the male reproductive system. Abdominal Sonographers can also scan the chest, though studies of the heart are typically performed by Cardiac Sonographers.

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Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) encourages graduates from CAAHEP-accredited institutions to take the ARDMS credentialing examination.