An Associate of Science (AS) or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Allied Health program is one of the options students have if they want a career as an ultrasound technician. While ultrasound techs are not required to have a formal college education, many employers in today’s healthcare system only consider ultrasound techs who have gone to school and earned at least an associate’s degree. The allied health program allows students to be registered in this field, which is a definite plus for employers to see on a resume.
An AS/AAS program typically takes about two years to complete, though the exact time students spend on such a program depends on the college they choose and whether they go to school full time or part time. If students already work in an ultrasound tech, lab tech, or medical assistant career, many employers actually pay for their education, so going back to school could be free. There is really no reason not to at least consider an AS/AAS in Allied Health program if students are interested in the ultrasound tech field.
Many AS/AAS in Allied Health programs for ultrasound techs have students complete:
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited over 100 allied health programs for ultrasound techs. These include both two-year associate’s degree programs and longer four-year bachelor’s degree programs. While students are definitely eligible to work in more advanced positions with their bachelor’s degree, getting an AS or AAS in the field takes half the time. This is the perfect option for ultrasound techs who want more than on-the-job training, but who also want to get started in the career field quickly.
||Herzing University — With a 45 year history, Herzing University is an accredited university that offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as diplomas in over 45 different programs. The AS in Medical Assisting program builds on the online diploma program by incorporating the general education requirements required for this level of degree. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.|
||Adventist University of Health Sciences — Founded in 1992, the Adventist University of Health Sciences is formerly the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, a school focused on privding higher education in the several fields of healthcare. The BS in Health Information Technology program prepares students to become radiologic technicians. Adventist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.|
||Pima Medical Institute — Pima Medical Institute, founded in 1972, is a private, regionally accredited career university offering certificates, associate, and bachelor's degrees for careers in the healthcare industry. The BS in Radiologic Sciences program prepares students to perform the duties and responsibilies of a radiologists. Pima is accredited by organizations in several fields of healthcare including the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology|