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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Texas

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Find Texas’ Top Sonography Programs in 2020

Diagnostic medical imaging is a rapidly growing field within healthcare.  It’s a popular career choice for many reasons, including the relatively short educational and training period required for entry-level positions.  Sonographers in Texas are in high demand, and the state ranks 5th nation-wide in percent growth for jobs.

The technology has progressed from scans used during pregnancy to aiding in diagnosing and treating illness and disease, and the technical and personal skill of the sonographer is paramount.  It’s a rigorous course of study, but a very rewarding field to be a part of.

Getting Started as a Sonographer in Texas

Build a Solid Foundation

A strong foundation in science, math, and English will help prepare you for the rigorous course of study ahead. Many programs have course prerequisites that must be passed with an acceptable grade (typically C or better) prior to application. In many cases these course requirements can be met while still in high school or while attending a local community college.

12-24 Month Degree Options

We are frequently asked by prospective students how long it will take to complete a sonography degree. The answer depends on the type of degree you are pursuing, as well as the amount of education you have already received.

One year certificate options are available from many programs for students who currently hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Other sonography programs offer AAS or BS degrees that require two to four years of full time attendance.

Get Started Today

If you’ve been considering a career in healthcare and you’re interested in applying to one of the ultrasound technician schools in Texas, we’ll help you get started.  Below we will provide you with the resources you’ll need to research the field of medical imaging, learn about the licensing and certification requirements in Texas, as well as connect you with accredited programs in your area.

“Do your research and professional observations before you get started. This is an important decision and healthcare is a great profession, but it’s not for everyone, so do everything in your power to make sure this is the right field for you.”

Jessica L. Murphy
Program Director of Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography
Alvin College, Alvin, Texas

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

For a school or program to be accredited means that they have undergone a rigorous review from an outside agency.  As you look at schools you will see that there are many ways in which they can be accredited.  In sonography, however, the most important accreditation for a program to have is the one offered by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  If the program that you’re researching has this accreditation, that is a clear testament to the quality of education that you’ll be receiving.

Additionally, the successful completion of one of these recognized Texas sonography programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.

Cost, entrance requirements, job placement percentages, and proximity are all important things to think about when researching programs, just be sure that accreditation is at the top of the priority list.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Texas in 2020

Each of these schools has met the CAAHEP DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines by passing a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit.  They are all in compliance and accredited as of March, 2020.

Institution NameCampus LocationProgram Director
Alvin Community College3110 Mustang Rd
Alvin, TX 77511
Suzanne Poston BS, RDCS, RVS, RCS, RCCS, FASE
Angelina College3500 South First Street
Lufkin, TX 75902
Casey Davis RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Austin Community College4400 College Park Drive
Bldg 3000
Room 3228
Round Rock, TX 78665
Janet Barlow AAS, RDCS, RVTG
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd
West Campus
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Christin Vega MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
El Centro College801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Lynn Schluns BS, RDMS, RVT
El Paso Community CollegePO Box 20500
El Paso, TX 79998
Nora M Balderas BS, RT(R), RDMS
Harris Health System9250 Kirby Dr.
Suite 1800
Houston, TX 77054
Georgette Shepherd BHSc, RDMS, RT(R)(M)
Houston Community College1900 Pressler Street
Houston, TX 77030
Elizabeth Ho BHs, RDMS, RT(R)
Houston International College12135 Bissonnet
Suite E
Houston, TX 77099
Joan Douglas MS, RDCS, RCS
Lamar Institute of Technology855 East Lavaca
Beaumont, TX 77705
Judy Tinsley RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R)
Lone Star College9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, TX 77433
Jeremi Martin BA, RDMS, RVT
Midland College3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Brandi Havner BAAS, RDMS
Parker University2540 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
Ashley Ragsdale BAS, RDMS, RVT
Pima Medical Institute10201 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024
Sarah Carmona-Alaniz MEd, RDMS
San Jacinto College8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77505
Samisha Davis BS, RDMS
St Phillips College1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, TX 78203
Yvette Senovsky MD, RDMS
Tarrant County College245 East Belknap
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Jacqueline Bennett-Scamardo MS, RDMS, RVS, RVT, RT(R,CT)
Temple College2600 South First Street
Temple, TX 76504
Felix Guzman DM, DMD, MBA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Texas Southmost College80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
Ariel Villanueva MD, RDMS
Tyler Junior CollegeP.O. Box 9020
Tyler, TX 75711
Wesley Speake BS, RDMS, RVT
Weatherford College225 College Park Dr
Weatherford, TX 76086
Peter Klimo MD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

A Closer Look at Texas’ 21 Accredited Sonography Programs

Alvin Community College

ACC offers students two pathways to choose from.  An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a two-year program with specializations available in adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, and vascular sonography.  Those who already have a degree in a related healthcare field can pursue a condensed degree and graduate with an Advanced Technical Certificate in DMS.  Students interested in attending must attend an admission session with the college and take the Ultrasound Student Assessment exam.

Jessica L. Murphy, Program Director of Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography at Alvin College in Texas, recommends getting your feet a little wet before making any major decisions. “Do your research and professional observations before you get started,” she says. “This is an important decision and healthcare is a great profession, but it’s not for everyone, so do everything in your power to make sure this is the right field for you.”

Available programs:  A.A.S. in DMS or an accelerated certificate

Program costs:  A.A.S. in-district, $4,479.  Advanced Tech Certificate in-district, $2,552.

Application deadline:  Applications accepted anytime. 

Program website. http://www.alvincollege.edu/DCVS/

Angelina College

Applicants for the DMS program at Angelina College are ranked using a points-based system.  Points are based on cumulative GPA, sonography lab hours, and an interview, among others.  Bonus points are given to applicants who already hold a degree. 

More information can be found at their website at http://www.angelina.edu/health-careers/

Austin Community College

ACC received their first CAAHEP accreditation for General sonography in 1990.  They offer a competitive program for students, preparing them for entry level sonography positions in general, cardiac, or vascular sonography.  Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ARDMS SP&I exam.  Admission is based on a points system using the Sonography Programs Applicant Ranking Worksheet.

Available programs:  Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography and Diagnostic Medical-Vascular Sonography

Prerequisites:  Certified Nurse Aid Training (CNA) is required to apply, as well as several college-level math and science courses.

Program cost:  Find tuition information at https://www.austincc.edu/students/tuition-and-payments/tuition-table

School website:  http://sites.austincc.edu/health/sono/

Del Mar College

Students at Del Mar can pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree  at the West Campus of Del Mar, with specialties available in general or cardiac sonography.  Graduates will be eligible for entry level sonography positions and will be prepared to sit for the ARDMS exam.

Application deadline:  December 1st of each year

Prerequisites:  Students must have completed a Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) certificate program or show proof of exemption.

Program website: https://www.delmar.edu/degrees/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

El Centro College

ECC offers students two different pathways to beginning their education as a sonographer.  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S. is a five-semester degree program for individuals without an educational background in the medical field.  For students who already hold an associate in science degree in a designated allied health field or a B.S. with a major in science, there is an Advanced Technical Certificate available. 

Program cost:  A.A.S. is $3,835 in tuition.  Tuition for the Advanced Certificate is $2,478.  Information on financial aid can be found here

Program website: https://www.elcentrocollege.edu/cd/credit/diagnostic-medical-sonography/ecc/pages/default.aspx

https://www.elcentrocollege.edu/pc/pages/default.aspx.

El Paso Community College

Students at EPCC have the opportunity to pursue one of two sonography programs.  For those who already have completed an associate’s degree in a patient-care related allied health program at an accredited institution there is a one-year certificate program.  Without prior program completion, there is a two-year Associate’s in Science degree in DMS.  Both options will prepare students to sit for the ARDMS exam and make them eligible for an entry-level position at a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging clinic.

Available programs:  1-year certificate or 2-year A.A.S. Degree

Admission:  EPCC admits students each year

Cost of program: $9,812

Harris Health System

The goal of the sonography program at HHS is to prepare the next generation of sonographers for entry level positions in nearby hospitals and clinics.  Students receive training in abdominal and Ob/Gyn sonography.  Clinical labs and rotations are assigned at one or more of these locations:  Ben Taub Hospital, LBJ Hospital, and Smith Clinic.  Applicants must have already completed a program in a healthcare field or hold an Associate’s degree.  The program begins in July of each year.

Tuition and Fees:  $800 in-district, $850 out of district, plus a $150 administrative fee

Program website: https://www.harrishealth.org/about-us-hh/Pages/sonography-program.aspx

Houston Community College

HCC offers an Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonograpy.  This is a full-time, four-semester program.  Students are required to have already completed an Associate’s degree in allied health or a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Estimated tuition cost:  $5,985.50

Admissions:  Around 24 students are admitted each year.

Program website:  https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/health-sciences/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

Houston International College

The CardioTech Ultrasound School offers an Associates in Applied Science degree in diagnostic medical and vascular ultrasound, though these two program have not been accredited by the CAAHEP.  The accredited program offered is for the echocardiogram technician.  This is a certificate program that offers students the preparation needed to work in an entry-level position in Echocardiology labs in Cardiac non-invasive departments.

Program length:  73 semester hours over a five-semester period.

Program website: http://cardiotech.org/programs/

Lamar Institute of Technology

Successful students at LIT will earn an Associate of Applied Science in DMS, with accredited specialization in either general or cardiac sonography.  This is a 65-credit program, with 50 lecture hours and 90 laboratory hours.  The program is full-time with most clinical hours occurring during the daytime hours.  A minimum of a 2.5 GPA must be maintained during the entire program.

Application deadline:  April 1st of each year

Admissions:  A max of 12 students are accepted to the medical sonography program, and 10 to the cardiac program.

Prerequisites:  Full list can be found on this downloadable document https://www.lit.edu/pdf/5072/dms.pdf

Program website:  https://www.lit.edu/programs/healthcare-and-sciences/sonography/associate-of-applied-science-aas-dms

Lone Star College

Lone Star College offers an accredited Associate Degree program in general sonography or echocardiography.  Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the ARDMS exam.  There is a mandatory information session that all interested students must attend in order for application to be accepted.  There are several college math, English, and science courses that must be completed prior to application.

Program cost:  Approximately $14,000 in-district

Length of program:  4 consecutive semesters

Admittance:  Up to 15 students annually Program website:  http://www.lonestar.edu/diagnostic-medical-sonography-dept.htm

Midland College

Students may apply to enter the A.A.S. sonography degree program after successfully completing the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  This is a 61-semester credit hour, full-time program that must be taken consecutively.  After the successful completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the ARDMS SP&I exam.

Prerequisites: http://catalog.midland.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=12&ent_oid=1051&returnto=2160

Program website:  http://catalog.midland.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=12&poid=1566

Parker University

Parker University has an accredited Associate of Applied Science degree program in general sonography.  Admittance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are accepted each year.

Admittance: Up to 15 students annually

Program length:  Total of 75 credit hours (27 credit hours of prerequisites, 48 hours of major core courses).

Application due date:  July 1st of each year

Pima Medical Institute

Pima has an accredited general sonography program at both the Houston and El Paso campuses.  Both locations offer an Associate’s in Applied Science degree over a 6 semester time period. 

Program website:  https://pmi.edu/programs/associate/diagnostic-medical-sonography

Application:  Form submission on the Pima website https://pmi.edu/admissions/how-do-i-apply

San Jacinto College

Students at SJC can pursue an A.A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  This is a general sonography course with training in examination of the breast, abdomen, female and male reproductive systems, and more.  Students must be able to attend full-time between the hours of 8 and 5:30 PM, including a Summer term.  There are 15 facilities in the area where clinicals are done. 

Student checklist, including prerequisites:  https://www.sanjac.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sonography%20Checklist%20Fall%202020.pdf

Program costs:  In-district cost is $6780.  Out-of-district, $10,371

Program websitehttps://www.sanjac.edu/program/diagnostic-medical-sonography

St. Philip’s College

The A.A.S. degree offered by St. Philip’s College will provide graduates with the education and skills necessary to be eligible for entry-level sonographer positions.  There are several math and science prerequisite courses that must have been completed within the past 5 years with a grade of “C” of better.  Applications must be mailed, and postmarked by June 1st of each year.  Additionally, all applicants must participate in a minimum of 40 hours volunteer work in a healthcare setting. 

Program website:  https://www.alamo.edu/spc/sonography/

Downloadable application:  https://www.alamo.edu/siteassets/spc/academics/find-your-program/health-and-biosciences/health-sciences-application.pdf

Tarrant County College

The Trinity River Campus East offers two pathways for individuals wishing to pursue an education in medical sonography.  The Associate’s degree is open to students who meet the prerequisite courses in college-level math, English and science.  The Advanced Technical Certificate is also a degree program available to individuals who already hold a registry with the ARRT in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy.

Program website. https://www.tccd.edu/academics/courses-and-programs/programs-a-z/credit/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

Program cost:  Approximately $5,363 for Tarrant County residents

Temple College

Temple college has three different CAAHEP accredited degree options to pursue:  An Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, an ATC in Non-Invasive Vascular Technology, or an AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  The ATC programs are accelerated and you must meet the educational and training prerequisites.  The AAS is a full-time, two-year program. 

Program website:  http://www.templejc.edu/programs/health-professions/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

Texas Southmost College

The AAS degree program at Texas Southmost prepares students for entry-level positions at physician’s offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers, among others.  It has a requirement of 60 credit hours, with all classes needing a grade of “C” or better for graduation.  Admission is competitive and there are a variety of prerequisites that must be met.

Downloadable student handbook:  http://www.tsc.edu/images/Academics/Student_Handbook_UPDATED_9.9.19_JH.pdf

Program website: http://www.tsc.edu/index.php/academics/-division-of-health-care-career-and-technical-education/diagnostic-medical-sonography.html

The College of Healthcare Professions Fort Worth

This is a 96-week, full time program for students to pursue an A.A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  Graduates will be prepared to sit for the ARDMS exam and apply for work as an entry-level sonographer.  CHP offers DMS sonography degrees at several locations; be sure that the one you’re considering has been accredited by the CAAHEP.

Program websitehttps://www.chcp.edu/degrees-certificates/on-campus/diagnostic-medical-sonography-aas-degree

Tyler Junior College

TJC has been offering an accredited AAS degree program in DMS since 1997.  It is a 16-month, full-time program that will prepared graduates to sit for the ARDMS exam in general physics, abdominal, and Ob/Gyn. Sonography.  All coursework must be met with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program. 

Pamela Brower, the Department Chair of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Tyler Junior College in Texas says that sonographers need to be committed and to prioritize patient care. “I would encourage all aspiring sonographers to be ‘all-in’.  This is about patient care… We are commissioned to be the best each time we pick up the transducer regardless the ethnicity, the time of day or the type of scan. It’s about the patient!”, Brower says.

Downloadable application packet:  file:///Users/wendyfanello/Downloads/Diagnostic_Medical_Sonography_Program.pdf

Program websitehttps://www.tjc.edu/directory_record/2/

Weatherford College

Weatherford offers a 22-month, full-time AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to those who are interested in preparing for entry-level positions in sonography.  They also offer an Adult Echocardiography Certificate or a Vascular Certificate to graduates of a DMS program who are looking to expand their skill set.  Both of these are 2-semester programs with a total of 24 semester credit hours. 

Program websitehttps://www.wc.edu/sonography

“I would encourage all aspiring sonographers to be ‘all-in’. This is about patient care… we are commissioned to be the best each time we pick up the transducer regardless the ethnicity, the time of day or the type of scan. It’s about the patient!”

Pamela Brower
Department Chair of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Tyler Junior College, Tyler Texas

Certification Requirements in Texas

Is certification required to be a sonographer in Texas?

Certification is not required by the state of Texas.  However, possessing certification in your field is a way of showing expertise and dedication to your craft, and is worth pursuing.  Most employers require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Earn your ARDMS certification

The only way to earn certification by the ARDMS is by taking and passing their exam.

The easiest way to qualify to sit for the exam is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Otherwise, you’ll need to meet one of their other requirements, such as 12 months of full time clinical experience prior to taking their test. The ARDMS publishes a full list of possible prerequisites on their downloadable PDF.

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview
About the ARDMS

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Texas?

Medical sonographers in Texas earned a median salary of $71,550. For those just entering the workforce, you can expect to earn around $52,000 per year, while those at the top of the pay scale earn over $100,000 per year.

Texas is the 2nd most populated state in the country with over 23 million residents. It boasts three of the top ten most populous cities in the nation (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio), and has a diverse multicultural ethnic make-up. In 2016, there were over 5,200 sonographers in Texas, and that number is expected to increase by 35% by 2026.

In 2017 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics declared that Texas had the 4th highest employment level in the nation for medical sonographers. The Texas Workforce Commission is predicting strong growth in the healthcare industry throughout the state.

There are a lot of factors that can affect how much you earn, from the type of employer you work for, to your education and geographic location. Most of the ultrasound techs working in Texas have an Associate’s in Science degree and find employment at hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities. Furthering your education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree can make you eligible for more senior positions, which will typically come with a higher salary. Job growth is expected to be strong in the state, so it’s a great time to launch a new career in medical imaging.

Job Growth and Salary for Ultrasound Technologist in Texas

  • Median salary for ultrasound techs in Texas was $71,800 in 2017
  • In 2016 there were over 5,200 working sonographers in the state
  • The Houston area has the 4th highest level of employment in the country
  • Job growth is expected to be at 35% by 2026

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Texas Sonography Scholarships

Investing in your education is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make, and it can be costly. Student loans are one way to pay for your education, and there are many scholarships that go un-awarded every year. Most schools have needs or merit-based scholarships available, and there are countless clubs, organizations, and businesses that offer scholarships as well.

Most needs-based scholarships require that you apply for the FASFA first, which is a federal financial aid program, before they’ll accept your application. Make sure that whatever you apply for, that there is no fee for application. That is a red-flag that what is being offered is a scam.  Learn more about financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships, and financial aid for undocumented students by visiting our financial aid center.

Below you will find just a few of the scholarship opportunities for program applicants in Texas.

ScholarshipAward AmountEligibility RequirementsHow to Apply
Texas Urban Scholarship$2,000Needs based scholarship for students who are from certain counties within the state.Scholarship Committee
1140 Empire Central
Suite 550
Dallas, TX 75247
info@txadc.org
214-630-2511
Texas Educational Opportunity GrantAmount variesApplicant must demonstrate financial need and attend a public school or university in Texas.Student Financial Aid Programs
PO Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
888-311-8881
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarship$18,000Applicant must be a high school senior from one of the Houston area counties.3336 Richmond
Suite 310
Houston, TX 77098
HammanFdn@aol.com
713-521-4601
Ultrasound Schools Info$1,000, twice per yearThe Ultrasound Schools Info student scholarship is a semi-annual, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography program, or a high school student who has been accepted to a program.Ultrasound Schools Info
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3026
Bellingham, WA 98227
Email: scholarship@ultrasoundschoolsinfo.com

Sonography City Spotlight: Houston, TX

Houston has the 5th largest level of employment for sonographers of any metropolitan area in the country, it’s ranked 4th in overall job growth in the nation, and The Texas Medical Center in Southwest Houston is the largest medical center in the world, employing more than 61,000 individuals.

There are great job opportunities for sonographers and other healthcare technicians in Houston, and health technician programs in the city serve to educate and train those interested in becoming part of such a robust local economy.

There are 4 Accredited Sonography Schools in Houston

  • Harris Health System
  • Houston Community College
  • Houston International College
  • Pima Medical Institute

Sonography Jobs in Houston

The Houston Article, in a November, 2014 article, named sonography as one of the “Top 25 High Paying Jobs for People Who Hate Math”, stating “We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $65,000 that don’t require heavy math skills.”

For those of you who have completed your sonography or health technician program, check out the Chronicle chron.com/jobs for great career advice and posted jobs.

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Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals

According to the US Department of Education, limited English proficient (LEP) learners were the fastest growing population in the country. It is estimated that 34% of adults in Texas speak a non-English language. The healthcare industry is concerned that Texans as a result may not be receiving optimal health care.

The over 3 million citizens in Texas who speak English as a 2nd or even 3rd language, can have difficulty understanding the information presented to them by their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare providers who speak a second language can have increased job opportunities available to them, especially in Texas, which has historically been a destination-state for immigrants.

Resources:
Career OneStop
Career OneStop Toolkit
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dallas Morning News

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