AS/AAS in Allied Health

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.

Requirements for Earning an AS or AAS Degree

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:

  • General courses
  • Courses related to working as an ultrasound tech
  • An internship
  • Hands-on time in a lab (similar to the clinical hours that doctors and registered nurses complete to finish their education)

Further Information About Allied Health Programs

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.

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