One of the best ways to advance in any career area is to get a degree in a specific field. As an ultrasound tech, there are many degree options students could pursue, including an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) in Radiography. After students complete one of these programs, they can take their certification exam to be nationally certified, which is definitely a plus for any resume.
Most AS and AOS programs in radiography take about two years to complete. This, of course, depends on the school students attend and how many credit hours they complete every semester. Online programs provide a lot of flexibility for those working in the field already or for students who are interested in changing careers to become an ultrasound tech or medical radiologist. Students can complete the classroom hours online and set a schedule that is convenient for them, and then participate in clinical hours at a nearby facility.
Programs in this area include both classroom hours and, in most cases, clinical hours where students get hands-on experience using radiography equipment, working with patients, and reading charts. The course content for an AS or AOS in Radiography differs from school to school, but some of the skills students can expect to learn include:
Whether students go to school online or get their AS/AOS in radiography at a traditional campus college, they should check with their employer to see if they offer any tuition assistance programs for workers who go back to school to get a degree. There are also scholarship and grant programs for students working toward degrees in radiography (also consider a bachelor’s in radiology), so students could go to school for a fraction of the actual cost if they take some time to research their options before they enroll.
There are multiple educational paths that students can take to become an ultrasound technician or diagnostic medical sonographer. The schools below do not offer ultrasound-specific training, but they do offer medical assisting and other healthcare programs that are closely related. You can request information by clicking on any of the links below.
||DeVry University — For over 80 years, DeVry University has focused on relevant areas of study, offering associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs and specializations that cover 34 different career fields. Earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology from DeVry University, and prepare to be an HIT leader in contemporary hospitals, physicians' offices, medical clinics, and more. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.|
||Hodges University — Founded in 1990, Hodges University is one the premier private universities in the State of Florida. The AS in Health Information Management and AS in Health Administration programs, while not ultrasound training programs, do teach students how to use information technology to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. Hodges University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.|
||Keiser University — Keiser University, founded in 1977, is a private, regionally accredited career university offering certificates, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The AS in Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform medical assisting duties under the direction of a physician or practitioner. Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.|
||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.|
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