Sonography - Diagnostic Medical - AAS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

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What Is Sonography?

If you are interested in advanced technology and diagnosing health related questions, you don’t necessarily need to be a doctor or a nurse. Instead, you could launch a career as a Sonographer. Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an advanced diagnostic medical procedure that is used to analyze the human body and involves:
  • Using ultrasound waves to create a picture of the body.
  • Using highly advanced technology and staying on top of the latest trends.
  • Evaluating the size, shape and density of tissue to diagnose medical conditions.
  • Monitor fetal growth during pregnancy.

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What Career Options Are Available in Sonography?

Sonography has a variety of usages to help improve lives and diagnose potential medical issues. For this reason, Sonographers can be found to work in environments such as:
  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Medical Clinics
  • And many more!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is expected to increase by 17% between 2019 and 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Sonography AAS Program

Rockford Career College offers a comprehensive, hands-on program to help you develop the skills to work as a medical sonographer using ultrasound-imaging equipment to “see” inside the body non-invasively. Our program can be completed in just 19 months and will prepare you to:
  • Perform general sonography on the abdomen, superficial structures and segments of the vascular system.
  • Conduct diagnostic sonographic examination of pregnant and non-pregnant pelvis, fetal structures and fetal measurements.
  • General education course work to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

This program is accredited through ARRT and upon successful completion of the program, you acquire the RT (S) (Registered Technologist-Sonography) in Abdomen and Obstetrics by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam.   This credential could open additional doors to employment.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 19 months

 

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1 https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/29-2032.00?st=IL&g=Go, retrieved 5/12/2021

 

The program includes a blend of academic and clinical classes to help you understand the art and science of sonography. You’ll study anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of scanned organs, and learn the appropriate scanning protocols. The externship component includes a progressive supervised training experience in a clinical environment.
This comprehensive program also includes course work in general education to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

Also known as ultrasound technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. People are most familiar with the ultrasound procedure that produces images of an unborn baby. Sonograms are also useful in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the abdomen, breasts, heart and blood vessels and, more recently, in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.