If you are interested in becoming an ultrasound technician then you will need to research various diagnostic medical ultrasound schools to find one that is right for you. While each school is going to be slightly different in the way that they teach you, for the most part you will be learning roughly the same curriculum from every school that you attend. Below is a short guide on the education and training that you can expect to receive at accredited diagnostic medical ultrasound schools.
There are many types of programs available from sources as varied as hospitals, colleges, and technical schools. The program that you enter will range in length of time to complete. Some schools can be completed in as little as 12 months. However, the most common program for someone who is getting started in the medical field is a two-year associate’s degree program.
It is important that any program that you decide to enroll in is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) because this will ensure that the degree you receive once the program is completed is accepted by the state in which you choose to work in.
Once you are in the classroom you can expect to take a variety of medical-related courses such as physiology and anatomy, pathology, acoustical physics, and other related courses. In addition, you will be required to take courses in medical ethics and psychology. These classes can be offered online or through a traditional in-person program. Any classes that are taken that require lab work or patient work will need to be completed under the supervision of a licensed ultrasound technician or professor to ensure that you and the patient are safe at all times.
Some students in diagnostic medical ultrasound schools choose to specialize in a field of medicine such as obstetrics and gynecology. These students will require another extra year or more to complete a specialization program which will prepare them for working in a specific department once they have graduated.
Once the student has graduated from the program of their choosing they are then qualified to work in a public or private setting such as a hospital or clinic. Most employers prefer hiring sonographers who have taken a certification test. This test can be taken directly after graduation and once the student has passed it they will receive a certificate stating that they are qualified to work as a sonographer in their given state.