If you are seeking a mid to executive-level management position within any medical ultrasound setting, completing a Masters in Health Science may 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 Health Policy and Administration and others.
Generally, a Masters in Health Science 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. Program completion times may vary depending on the specific program requirements. The degree pursued is an add-on to a Bachelor of Science in DMS and ARDMS certification is required.
Certification for advanced-level ultrasound practitioners is currently being offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). The credential is for cardiac sonographers who practice at an advanced level in an echocardiography laboratory. More information can be found by visiting the CCI website.
Masters of Health Science/Management for Medical Sonographers
Ultrasound Practitioners are a highly trained and educated part of a medical team. Their advanced sonography skills enable them to perform at a higher level while working under the direct supervision of a physician.
Completing a Masters in Health Science or 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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for medical and health services managers are projected to grow by 32% through to 2029, with projected job openings to be over 400,000. Combined with the 17% projected growth for diagnostic medical sonographers, opportunities for managers in an ultrasound clinic or center are very promising.
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 Option in Ultrasound may prepare 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.
Sonography Postgraduate Courses
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.
Depending on the university you attend, you may receive a deeper understanding of embryology and pathophysiology. Courses vary from institution to institution, depending in part on the type of Advanced Degree you are pursuing. Some course possibilities include:
- Health Advocacy
- Public Health and the Law
- Directed Studies in Medical Sonography
- Ethical Issues in Healthcare
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.