Imagine this: you’re experiencing a sudden change in your health — you got injured, or you’re not feeling like yourself, or you’re suddenly having pain. In order to get to the bottom of things and get you the right treatment, a physician needs to be able to look inside your body to see what’s going on. With the advancement of medical sonography, doctors now have access to powerful non-invasive tools to help diagnose patients and provide life-saving support. At Smith Chason College, our Academic Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography can prepare you to become a part of this vital and dynamic field.
There are a few different areas of the medical imaging field; diagnostic medical sonography deals specifically with ultrasound equipment, which utilizes high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves bounce off of the organs, bones, or tissues of a patient’s body and can be analyzed in order to discover abnormalities, assess problems, and diagnose potential conditions. Sonographers can often specialize in particular fields, like obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, musculoskeletal, abdominal, cardiac, pediatric, neurology, and more. No matter which specialization you’re in, though, the goal is the same: to provide clear images that teams of medical professionals can use to help decide the best method of treatment and get patients the care they need.
Depending on where you choose to work and the kind of facility you’re a part of, you’ll have a number of different responsibilities under your day-to-day jurisdiction. A lot of times, it’ll be tasks like:
In order to successfully find employment as a medical sonographer, you’ll often need to start with a degree program like the Academic Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Smith Chason College. We offer an accredited program that can prepare you to enter this area of healthcare with the right knowledge and skills, including helping you with relevant registries once you graduate.
Medical sonographers should also:
See our Pathways to Registry for Associate Medical Sonographers to see the registry exams* you’re eligible to take and which exam fees are included in the program cost:
* These registries are independent organizations and the prerequisites for eligibility can change at any time without WCUI’s knowledge or consent. This document is meant to be a guide only and all students should review the registry’s website for the most up-to-date information.
For medical sonographers to establish themselves in the job market, it helps if they’ve passed certain certification exams and registries that will stand out to employers. WCUI strongly recommends obtaining certifications to provide you with the best knowledge and opportunities when entering the sonography field. WCUI provides registry reviews and assistance with the registry exam process. See our Pathways to Registry for information on which exam fees are included in the WCUI program cost.
At Smith Chason College, we have years of experience in educating upcoming medical sonographers with exactly the skills and knowledge they need. Using online lectures, hands-on labs, and a 6-month externship, our Diagnostic Medical Sonography students learn:
Our mission and values at Smith Chason College are about promoting the academic excellence and integrity of our graduates in a way that is supportive and contributes positively to our students’ lives. We are here for you, to get you the healthcare education you need for success.
At Smith Chason College, we pride ourselves on having designed a well-rounded medical sonography associate degree program that combines classroom and lab work in topics like:
The U.S. is seeing a rapid aging of our population, and with that is coming a rising demand for medical needs and services. Medical sonographers will be a necessary part of diagnosing and determining treatment for everything from cancer to blood clots, heart disease to diabetes. Which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for diagnostic medical sonographers to grow much faster than average — 19% through 2030.
*State of California EDD https://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/OccGuides/Detail.aspx?Soccode=292032&Geography=0604000075 “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028).
**Arizona Department of Economic Security https://arizonaatwork.com/job-market-trends/demand-jobs
All different kinds of healthcare facilities, organizations, clinics, and labs are in need of trained medical sonographers, from urgent care centers to diagnostic labs, physicians’ offices to outpatient clinics. According to the BLS, though, over 60% of sonographers worked in hospital settings, including:
WCUI offers a sonography associate degree program that you can complete in as few as 21 months. Graduates are immediately eligible for relevant ARRT exams.
In response to COVID-19, WCUI has moved to a hybrid educational model so your education doesn’t miss a beat. Our program combines online lecture classes with in-person ultrasound labs and 6-months of externship at a hospital or clinical site.
Smith Chason College was founded by well-respected medical professionals, and we’ve been using our experience and knowledge to help our students begin successful careers for over 20 years. We’ve been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and College as a private post-secondary vocational school since 2001.