Ultrasound Technician Schools

What are Ultrasound Technician Schools?

Ultrasound technician schools are where people who have chosen a career in Ultrasonography undergo training to properly perform ultrasounds on patients and receive proper certification.

*What do they teach?

Ultrasound schools teach students Ultrasonography, the science of using special high-frequency sound waves to capture images from inside an object or a human body. Typically, the students learn how to apply the ultrasound scans to parts of the body (such as the vascular system, pelvis, brain and nervous system), and are taught how to properly care for and maintain ultrasound equipment. Most ultrasound technician schools will teach a basic curriculum for students that includes . . .

*Anatomy

*Physiology

*Patient care

*Medical terminology

*Medical laws and ethics

Students will attend lectures to discuss the fundamental principals of the practice as well as the theories. These principles will then be applied in a lab under real-life circumstances. Once the curriculum is completed, students attend unpaid externship where they perform ultrasound duties at an actual medical facility. The externship-part of the training is supervised by a physician or sonographer and usually lasts 24 weeks, during which a student will have their performance evaluated. Once the externship is past, students take final exams and receive certification.

Ultrasound Technician Degrees and certifications

Different schools for ultrasound technicians offer different certifications and degrees. Earning a certificate in Sonography usually takes one to two years of study, two to three years for an associate’s degree and three or four years for a bachelor’s degree from colleges, vocational schools and hospitals with ultrasound tech programs. Most college programs require a high school diploma or equivalent to attend.

Online ultrasound tech schools that are certified by either the CHEA (Council for Higher Educational Accreditation), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) or the United States Department of Education (USDOE) offer certification upon completion of their courses.

An ultrasonic technician can also add to their qualifications and employment opportunities by registering with the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers (ARDMS).

Ultrasound Jobs

Once an Ultrasonographer has graduated from an ultrasound technician school, they may choose a career in any of the specialized fields.

*Obstetric and Gynecologist Sonography (The female reproductive system)

*Abdominal Sonography (The abdominal cavity for the diagnosis of conditions involving the male reproductive system, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen and gall bladder)

*Breast Sonography ( Breast diseases and conditions)

*Neurosonography ( The brain and nervous system)

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