Find out the basics about this useful path to a great career in healthcare
The ACMC Sonography Bridge Program is an online program that helps people who may already be working as sonographers gain a bachelor’s degree that can support them as they advance in their careers. We have designed this fully online program to offer as much choice as possible, so that the educational experience most closely aligns with your specific professional goals.
If you’re interested in learning more, this overview of the program is a good place to start. We’ve organized this article by the questions our prospective students most frequently ask:
Where do I need to live to be eligible for the program?
You are eligible for our online program if you reside in one of the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, or Vermont.
What career paths does the sonography program support?
We ask students who enroll in our sonography bridge program to choose one of three career paths: either business/finance, education, or clinical sonography. You will have the opportunity to combine various career skills with whatever background you already have in the field.
Can I work while I complete the program?
The advantage of an online program like ours is that it supports a fairly flexible schedule—including working full time. Although class sessions are at a scheduled time, you can log in and access course materials and lessons 7 days a week, at any hour—whenever is the best time for you to study. The average time commitment per week for each course is 5–6 hours.
How does the online program work?
During scheduled live class sessions, instructors present content, provide examples, and engage students through an exchange of questions and answers. Students access these sessions using a computer with high-speed Internet access, and a speaker and microphone or a headset. You can use a smart phone or tablet to view some, but not all, course materials.
How will the Sonography Bridge program help my career?
ACMC has developed a curriculum to help students improve their technical skills. We focus on several key areas that can equip sonographers to take on additional responsibilities in their work. Among skills you could learn are:
- Invasive procedures
- Clinical research
- Curriculum development and instructional techniques
- Lab accreditation
- Finance and business management
Do I need a four-year degree to enroll?
No. What is required for the ACMC Bachelor’s degree Bridge Program is a professional sonography credential (verifiable from ARDMS, CCI, or ARRT). This means:
- For the Cardiovascular BS Bridge: credential in Adult Echocardiography
- For the Diagnostic Medical Sonography BS Bridge: credentials in Abdomen AND Obstetrics/Gynecology
Are career prospects good?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive job outlook is part of the reason people pursue training in the profession.
We hope this overview has been helpful to you as you weigh your various options in terms of the next step for you in your profession. We’re always available to answer questions, so please feel free to reach out to us at any point in your decision-making process!
This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. Find out about all of our professional training programs, and visit us online for more information.