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Ultrasound Technician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Ultrasound Technician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

There are numerous factors aspiring sonographers must consider before choosing the right ultrasound technician school. Three main components to scrutinize include the length of the program, the structure of the curriculum, and of course, the costs of attendance.

The total length of ultrasound technician programs range from as little as one year to as many as four – attaining a master’s degree can extend the academic timeframe even longer. Although only entry-level and assistant positions are available to those with a certificate, earning a certification is still the quickest way to dive into the field of sonography. Individuals with traditional four-year bachelor’s degrees generally enjoy a broader range of job prospects upon graduation. Employers often view the level of educational attainment as an objective measure of value, giving preference to graduates with more advanced degrees.

Even though the coursework offered by most ultrasound technician schools is more or less the same, the manner in which the curriculum is presented can differ greatly. Some schools heavily emphasize the operation and maintenance of ultrasound equipment, stressing the need to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. Other schools focus on the interaction aspect of the job, imparting crucial communication skills needed to effectively collaborate with doctors and patients alike. Ultimately, every ultrasound program should provide you the skills necessary to begin work as a technician.

For many, the costs and benefits of any particular school are the most important factors in determining the right school. Costs include not only tuition, but also the availability of financial aid, living expenses, and possible traveling expenses. Generally, in-state schools are less costly than out-of-state ones, and state or public schools cost significantly less than private schools.

The “right” school is the school that provides you the most accessible route to your goals. If you want to start earning money as fast as possible, a certification from a local program can grant you access to some ultrasound technician positions. If you possess great knowledge of instruments and equipment but lack interpersonal skills, attend a school that can hone your ability to communicate, promoting your overall candidacy.

The list below provides some information on the largest ultrasound technician schools and colleges in the U.S. by student enrollment:

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Miami Dade College 57,222 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
College of Southern Nevada 40,310 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
University of Iowa 29,152 4-year, Public
Nova Southeastern University 28,378 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Florida Community College at Jacksonville 25,903 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
George Washington University 25,116 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Weber State University 21,388 4-year, Public
Rochester Institute of Technology 15,055 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Ferris State University 13,532 4-year, Public
Bellevue College 13,035 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
Fort Hays State University 10,107 4-year, Public
Barry University 8,581 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Seattle University 7,560 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Washburn University 6,545 4-year, Public
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 5,906 4-year, Public
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City 5,871 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
Midland College 5,795 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
Lewis University 5,536 4-year, Private not-for-profit
College of St. Catherine 5,201 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Loma Linda University 4,040 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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