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Researching Ultrasound Technician Schools – Ask Questions

One of our favorite roles here at UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com is helping you find an ultrasound technician training program that matches your professional goals and lifestyle.

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Our school directory connects you with colleges and universities in your area that offer sonography as well as other medical imaging and allied health programs offered on campus or online. You’ll notice that you can request information from schools directly from each of the state pages. Requesting information enables you to connect with a representative from that school.

When researching any education program, from certificate to undergraduate to graduate level, it’s always a good idea to talk to an advisor from each school you are considering…and ask questions.

Here are some great questions to ask a rep when researching a school or program:

What are the requirements for being admitted into the sonography program?

Being eligible for an ultrasound program will vary by school and degree level. Some might only require a High School diploma; others the completion of a few college courses in areas such as Biology, Physics, Math or Medical Terminology; while some may prefer students who have already completed a two-year allied health or health science program.

Does your school offer several options, like a degree and a certificate program?

Knowing all your options can help you determine which program is best for you based on past educational experiences and future career goals.

When is the application deadline?

You want to make sure you have enough time to get all your required documents together, like transcripts and application fees.

Is your sonography program accredited? AND Will I qualify to sit for a national sonography
certification exam once I graduate?

For example, when you complete an ultrasound program accredited through the CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs) or CMA (Canadian Medical Association) it qualifies you to sit for the national registry certification exam offered by the ARDMS without having to do any extra clinical work after graduation. Plus, many ultrasound employers prefer potential sonographers to have completed an accredited program.

What type of sonography facilities are used as part of the program?

It is ideal that you will have quality hands-on experience using up-to-date ultrasound equipment to complement what you learn in the classroom. This will help prepare you for clinical internships and your career.

How many clinical rotations are there and where will they be held?

Ideally you would like to complete more than one clinical internship at a real-world facility. Getting an idea of where your on-the-job experience might take place is also a good idea. Is it a hospital or reputable medical centre/healthcare facility? Is it convenient for me to get there?

Does your school have articulation agreements with other colleges/universities?

Basically you’re asking if they have formal agreements with other schools where you could transfer credits towards a higher degree (such as transferring credits from an Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography towards a Bachelor’s).

What types of resources/services do you offer students?

You can ask about such things as the availability of academic support/tutoring centers for sonography courses, financial assistance and scholarships, one-on-one academic advising and extracurricular clubs.

What makes your school’s ultrasound or sonography program different than others?

Encourage the rep to describe all of the program’s best features. Are the instructors and faculty experienced? Has the program won any awards? Are there areas that have been improved? Are there opportunities for me to concentrate in ultrasound specialties?

What is your career/job placement track record?

It is important that prospective schools are able to provide you with accurate data on their graduates’ success rate on securing employment. Equally ideal is that the school offers career counseling and employment services, like job search and resume writing assistance, recruiting events, employer networking opportunities, interview and other skill-based workshops and the like, for students and alumni.

Ready to ask some questions? Start by requesting information from ultrasound and health programs: sonography.wpengine.com/schools-by-state/

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