Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - 98 credits with 6 Semesters
Program Overview: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer With Cambridge
Cambridge’s Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program gives you the knowledge and hands-on training you need to become a successful sonographer also known as an ultrasound technician.
Our program takes approximately 90 weeks to complete, including a clinical externship at local healthcare facilities. This means you’ll be ready to start your career in around two years. After graduation, you’ll receive an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree.
What Is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
A diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician is responsible for using imaging and testing equipment to examine parts of the body. This is to support doctors and other healthcare professionals in the process of diagnosing medical conditions and injuries.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Curriculum
While studying in our Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program, you’ll learn about everything from medical terminology to sonographic anatomy. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on training through our on-site training lab and local healthcare facilities.
Sonography Associate’s Degree Courses
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Anatomy & Physiology Lab
- Introduction to Health Sciences
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Psychology
- Fundamentals of Speech
- Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation
- Sonography Anatomy
- Abdominal Sonography
- OBGYN Sonography
- Vascular Sonography
- Echocardiographic Pathology
- Echocardiographic Anatomy
- Clinical Externship
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Work Environments
Diagnostic medical sonographers work wherever ultrasound imaging must take place. For example, sonographers are often found in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, women’s health centers and pediatric care centers.
What Is the Job Outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?
Diagnostic medical sonography is not only a rewarding career but a fast-growing one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ultrasound careers are expected to grow by 14% which is faster than average growth for other occupations.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Salary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer is $70,380 per year or $33.84 per hour. Depending on your employer and local job markets, your salary could be higher or lower. Plus, you’ll receive benefits, including health insurance and paid time off.
Why Choose Cambridge?
You have many schools to choose from when it comes to getting your degree. However, hundreds of students choose Cambridge each year for our many benefits, including:
- Clinical externships: Our clinical externship program enables you to work in a real-world healthcare setting, so you can walk away with confidence and sonography know-how.
- Supportive faculty and staff: Our instructors and staff are here to support you and you move through your program. Whether you need study assistance or encouragement, we’re here to help. Plus, our instructors are knowledgeable with years of experience in their chosen fields.
- Career Services: Our support doesn’t stop after you graduate. Our Career Services departmentdelivers the support you need to gain an entry-level position after program completion.
Associate’s Degree Program Financial Aid
Here at Cambridge, we understand that college is an investment. However, for those who qualify we offer various financial aid options to help you finance your education. Some of our financial aid options include:
- Pell Grants
- Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
- Stafford Loans
- Veteran Benefits
- Certificate and diploma financial aid options
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for diagnostic medical sonographers and ultrasound technicians are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. As the population ages and grows, the demand for qualified diagnostic medical sonographers will increase. Additional employment opportunities will arise as current ultrasound technicians retire and move to leadership roles.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (also called ultrasound technologists) play a key role in the delivery of patient care. Through the use of specialized equipment, technologists examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, male and female reproductive systems, breast, prostate, thyroid, obstetrics, heart and blood vessels. Sonography is vital to the detection of heart disease, heart attacks, vascular diseases and more, and plays a major role in prenatal care for expecting mothers.
What Does a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technologist Do?
Ultrasound Technicians are responsible for a wide range of duties, including:
- Conducting diagnostic procedures
- Managing equipment settings
- Analyzing and quality checking diagnostic images
- Reporting findings to medical providers
You will earn an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of this training program.
- Associate of Science degree
- Partial online program
- 90 weeks
I couldn’t be part of a better group, as my classmates set the bar really high. The instructors at Cambridge are very knowledgeable and genuinely committed to helping us pass our boards. I honestly believe that by being exposed to all these different modalities, I am a far better healthcare worker than I was entering this program."
Cambridge’s curriculum, along with the dedication of the entire staff, provided the help and encouragement needed to succeed. Through time, care, and attention given to us all; I’ve discovered a passion for my craft, as well as a purpose and sense of belonging."
Everyone was so helpful and is still helpful. They answered all of my questions and helped me in anyway that they could. It is an accelerated program so it’s a bit fast paced but I’m catching on quite quickly and I’m loving every step of the way. Being with my classmates since the beginning has caused us to feel like family."
Since being in the program, I have had excellent teachers who put in the time and work necessary to help a student succeed. I have also been exposed to two different clinical rotations at well known hospitals that have helped give me that real-world, hands-on experience that has assisted in broadening my knowledge in the field."
The faculty members here are great. They are supportive and have made the journey of this program achievable with the extra hands on experience that our clinical coordinator Sundus Agad who readily provides with her in the field experience and knowledge whenever no matter the time."
I am enjoying the time here at Cambridge College. Everyone is very helpful, and really care about the students and our education. The teachers are professional and supportive. From the classroom, hands-on, tutoring and remote learning have all been valuable and extremely beneficial. I would recommend others to attend Cambridge College."
I am in the DMS program, and I LOVE IT! One of my favorite things about Cambridge college are the teachers. You will have the same two or three teachers throughout your two-year program, so they will get learn your strengths & weakness to better help you succeed. The classes are small so the teachers will be able to have more one on one with each student."
The professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They also encourage all the students to become registered while giving them the tools to do so. The clinical sites associated with Cambridge are amazing…"
I wanted to get into a career that was challenging and could experience something different/new every day. Cambridge has helped me find that career in their DMS program. Working with skilled sonographers at Piedmont Fayetteville Hospital has been an amazing experience."
FAQs About Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
What Does a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Do?
A sonographer’s main responsibility is to use ultrasound technology to capture images of the human body. For example, they may perform imaging of reproductive organs to diagnose pregnancy. Or, they may perform an echocardiogram to check the valves and chambers of the heart.
Ultrasound techs are also responsible for making patients feel comfortable during treatment and maintaining ultrasound equipment.
How Do I Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
To become a sonographer, you’ll need to obtain a high school diploma and then attend an accredited college or university program. After your program, you can become certified as an ultrasound technician. Although certification isn’t required, it can help you stand out from the crowd of applicants during your job search.
With a degree and optional certification, you’ll be eligible for entry-level employment in the field.
Is a Career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer a Good One?
Not only is this career fast-growing resulting in more opportunity, but it’s also rewarding. You’ll have the opportunity to help medical professionals diagnose conditions leading to life-changing patient care. You’ll truly make a difference in the lives of many patients throughout your career.
Start Your Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career With Cambridge
Ready to start your career as a diagnostic medical sonographer? If so, Cambridge is the place for you.
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