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Ultrasound Associates Degree

An Associates Degrees for diagnostic medical sonographers prepares students for entry-level sonography positions and provides them with a varied skill set so that they can successfully image organs and other body components of their prospective patients for diagnoses, pregnancy monitoring and other medical purposes.

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An Ultrasound Associates Program is a mixture of course work and on-the-job clinical rotations. Students who graduate with an Ultrasound Associates Degree are eligible and equipped to write the ARDMS exam, the major certification either highly preferred or required by clinics and hospitals hiring professional sonographers. Request information below, and you’ll be put in contact with an advisor from a school of your choice, who can help answer questions to be sure it’s a good fit for you.

Benefits of an Ultrasound Associates Degree

  • An associates degree will prepare you for entry level sonography positions.
  • You can typically complete your program in two years.
  • Prerequisites are typically only a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • It provides a solid foundation from which to build your career.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for an Associates in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound or Sonography depend on the ultrasound school you are planning on attending. Some colleges/universities only require candidates to have their high school diploma/GED. Some ultrasound schools require a few introductory college credits related to Biology, Medical Terminology and/or Physics in addition to a high school diploma. Other Ultrasound Associates Degree programs require applicants to have completed an Allied Health Associate’s degree (in an area related to patient care such as radiological technology, occupational therapy or registered nursing) or a Bachelor’s degree in any major. When applying for an Ultrasound Associates program, be sure to clearly understand the necessary prerequisites that particular school requests and submit all required transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of reference.

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FAQs

How long does it take to complete an Associates program?

On average, an Ultrasound Associates degree is a two year program and ranges between four and six semesters/terms.

Can I complete an Associates degree online?

Generally, most ultrasound schools do not offer an online sonography degree program due to the fact that a lot of the course work involves hands-on experience with imaging equipment in the lab as well as off-campus clinical.
Students studying for their associates degree

Will an Associates degree in ultrasound qualify me for ARDMS certification?

Yes. As per ARDMS’ Prerequisite 1, anyone who has completed a two-year allied-health program, including a diagnostic medical sonographer/ultrasound program, along with 12 months full-time clinical ultrasonography experience, is eligible to write the ARDMS certification exam.

What jobs can I get with an Associates in Sonography?

An Ultrasound Associates Degree qualifies you for an entry-level sonographer position. Depending on where you apply, there are several synonymous job titles including ultrasound sonographer, ultrasound technician and diagnostic medical sonographer.  There are many ultrasound technician specializations within the field that offer different job opportunities, and it would be worthwhile to explore the options before you begin your education.

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According to the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) you can become certified as:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (focusing on the abdomen, breast, obstetrics & gynecology and/or the nervous system).
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (focusing on adult, fetal and/or pediatric echocardiography)
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (focusing on cerebral and peripheral vascular systems)

Is an Associates degree enough to make me a competitive job candidate?

Yes. An Associates degree coupled with ARDMS certification and exemplary feedback from your clinical rotations will make you a very successful job candidate in a field that is expected to experience 44% growth within the next decade (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). Typically higher education, such as a Bachelors Degree in Ultrasound, is recommended for those who wish to advance their careers to leadership/managerial roles.

Typical Curriculum for Ultrasound Associates Degrees

An Associates in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound or Ultrasound Technology comprises of coursework that delves into biology, physics, medical terminology, ultrasound imaging and patient care. More specifically as an Ultrasound Associates Degree student, you will learn about anatomy and physiology, the principles behind sonographic imaging, how to use each of the essential ultrasound machines and the psychology/behavioral sciences involved with interacting with patients. You will also gain invaluable, hands-on clinical experiences, as often as once per semester, by working in a hospital or health center where you could potentially work after graduation. Some Ultrasound Associates programs also allow you to specialize in one specific area, such as vascular technology, echocardiography or general sonography (abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology), although generally you will have the opportunity to complete one course in each of these medical fields.

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