So you’ve completed a Bachelors degree in Ultrasound and have been practicing as a diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician for several years. You love the field you’re working in – it is your niche after all – but you’re looking for something a little more challenging or feel you’re not yet tapping into your full potential. Why not become a high-level manager for a medical imaging center or an expert in the world of medical ultrasound? Completing a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management or Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound is an ideal step for advancing your career to a higher, more fulfilling role.
Master Degree in Healthcare Management
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for medical and health services managers are projected to grow by 16% through to 2020. Combine this with the 44% projected growth for diagnostic medical sonographers, opportunities for managers in an ultrasound clinic or center are very promising.
If you are seeking a mid to executive-level management position within any medical ultrasound setting, completing a Masters in Healthcare Management will give you the theory and practice to make this rising transition possible. Such graduate programs may go by various names, including Master in Health Systems Management, Master in Health Administration, Master in Healthcare Management, Master in Health Policy and Administration and others. Generally, a Masters in Healthcare Management program takes two years to complete if pursued full time. However, several universities offer part time and online options so that you can still maintain your current employment. The curriculum is a blend of practical research and field projects with coursework that delves into legal and ethical concepts, financial management, human resources, health service marketing, operations and communications. Completing a Masters in Health Care Management will equip you with the skills and experience you need to become an effective leader in a hospital, medical centre, clinic, imaging centre, a doctor’s office or another ultrasound department.
Master Degree in Ultrasound
Perhaps you are more intrigued with the science behind diagnostic medical sonography or would like to conduct research and development to contribute your own unique advancements to the ultrasound field. A Master Degree in Ultrasound prepares you for various careers including:
- Ultrasound Educator
- Chief or Director of an Ultrasound Department
- Ultrasound Practitioner (authority with clinical and diagnostic expertise)
While not many universities offer an Ultrasound degree at the Master’s level yet, those that do offer graduate programs with varied names, including Master of Health Science in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Ultrasound Practitioner Master’s Degree and Master of Medical Ultrasound. A Master Degree in Ultrasound is typically two or more years and consists of courses complimented by an in depth research project and/or more specialized clinical experiences. Depending on the university you attend, you may receive a deeper understanding of embryology and pathophysiology or be introduced to an area of sonography you have not yet encountered, such as the reproductive or musculoskeletal systems. As part of a Master Degree in Ultrasound, you will most likely be conducting research on a topic of your choice and therefore one you are passionate about and that is relevant to your career.