Kiara Buckley I started my journey while three months pregnant because helping others couldn’t wait.“After my father passed away, I made the decision to honor his memory and use this as fuel to chase after a new life and further my experiences. Shortly thereafter, I became pregnant for the second time and went in for what I expected to be a routinely scheduled ultrasound. However, as I saw the images of my child and experienced the bliss of getting a glimpse of the hidden life growing inside of myself, it struck a motivational chord - that I too wanted to provide this special moment to others.
Having grown up in a household with parents who instilled in me the love of science and the value of serving others, WCUI and healthcare were already an integral part of my life. In the coming days, I Googled “ultrasound schools near me”. Although WCUI was the first search result, I still did my research on every other ultrasound school around me. This thorough research led me back to WCUI because of their programs, student reviews, and the WCUI staff. I started my journey while three months pregnant because helping others couldn’t wait. The next years flew by and following graduation, I worked in the field of ultrasound, gaining knowledge, discipline, and the respect of my peers while growing confidence in myself.
I am very proud of the work that I have put into becoming the person I am today. I am certain that you will be filled with the same sense of astonishment and accomplishment while embarking on your journey. Always remember to be a service to others and treat your patients with the same warmth, understanding, and patience you would demonstrate to your mom, dad, grandparents, and/or children because they deserve it – every time.”
Sarah Ogden BS, RDMS, RVT I’ve graduated from the bachelors DMS program and I am now employed with one of my externship sites, providing a new edge in the musculoskeletal modality.“After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, I knew I wanted to work in the medical field, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to pursue. I did know I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree in something that would get me closer to my life goals of being a radiologist. Through my research, I found WCUI to offer competitive classes and a Bachelor of Science degree program. After 3 years, I’ve graduated from the bachelors DMS program and I am now employed with one of my externship sites, providing a new edge in the musculoskeletal modality.”
Emmanuel Tapia ARRT (MR), ARMRIT Everyone at WCUI is only interested in setting you up for success and they do everything possible to make that happen.“After looking into many different schools that offered an MRI program WCUI immediately stood out because of the faculty and staff. Everyone at WCUI is only interested in setting you up for success and they do everything possible to make that happen. Everyone is there for you from the day you sign up and even after you graduate for anything you might need or to answer any questions. Multiple opportunities were available to me before even graduating and the one that I ended up choosing ended up being a great fit for me. Life during and after WCUI has been great.
I really enjoyed everyone I met during my time at school. I feel like I’m just a combination of everybody I met at WCUI. I took the best attributes of everybody I’ve met and applied them in the clinical setting or when I’m teaching. That is what has made me the clinician that I am today.”
We recently caught up with Emmanuel to learn more about his journey in becoming a travel MRI technologist! Read more in our Alumni Newsletter
Jennifer Fruin RVSTCD has become my favorite thing about ultrasound. I often think about the connections to my past, I went from beautifying the outside of the head to assessing blood flow inside it. This has been the most fulfilling career. I am blessed to be in this position. I am a proud WCUI graduate. I am a proud sonographer."I have always had a strong work ethic. My first career was cosmetology. I loved the ability to create something that could immediately change someone’s outlook on life. I loved sharing moments with clients, where they felt able to talk, vent and just breathe for a moment during their hectic days. Providing compassion just runs in my blood. But after falling on hard times, and just feeling no real progression in my career I was left feeling empty, lost, stuck, and all-around unmotivated.
One morning I woke up and decided to move to Phoenix, I toured WCUI that weekend and started ultrasound school that July. While some people may have fallen in love with ultrasound because of their experiences having one, I fell in love with the stability and the outlet to connect with people and continue to serve them. I had a few friends that attended WCUI and had gone on to have successful careers, so I didn’t even look at other schools.
One day we were tasked to read the Power of Professionalism and write a paper on the two mindsets we most connected with. It was then I had my first real emotional connection and realization that I could potentially be in a position like I am today.
The goal I set for myself was to work for Mayo Clinic. Their health care system aligned with my values, and I was so inspired by the care my family members had received there. So, I worked hard, practiced every day, and perfected my resume. When I graduated, however, my application went unanswered. I felt defeated but eventually landed a job at a fertility clinic. While the position wasn’t ideal, I learned true confidence in my sonographic abilities. I learned how to confidently assert myself in procedures, ultrasounds, and all the other clinical aspects. Two long years later, I saw an opening for what I thought was a general ultrasound position. This was the fourth time I applied for Mayo, but this time I had a vascular registry, experience, and confidence.
When I interviewed that is when I learned I had applied for a Transcranial Doppler position. I was fearful of rejection because of the lack of experience I had in TCD, but I was enthusiastic, willing to learn, and committed to growing the program. I have been in my position for 3 years now, I trained hands-on with Wake Forest School of Medicine, and I’ve seen a brain on the outside of the body. I have helped grow this program from 15 patients a year to over 350 patients a year. I have also started the Neuromuscular imaging program in their EMG lab. My supervisor still says I was the best decision she ever made, and we laugh about how I got the job with a smile on my face and positivity in my heart.
TCD has become my favorite thing about ultrasound. I often think about the connections to my past, I went from beautifying the outside of the head to assessing blood flow inside it. This has been the most fulfilling career. I am blessed to be in this position. I am a proud WCUI graduate. I am a proud sonographer."
Hayley Bruno ARRT(S), RVT, RDMS(AB)(OB/GYN)I wanted to be a different type of tech, one making an impact in people’s lives by being able to relate to patients on another level. This program gave me a life I have always wanted.“I graduated from WCUI in 2017 and was valedictorian of my class. This program was the best decision I have ever made. Six years ago, I lost my son at seven months pregnant. It was the most tragic thing I have ever experienced, but in a large way it was beautiful in many ways as well. It allowed me to see who my husband was as a person and how he was there for me in the most trying moment of our lives. It gave me a drive to do ultrasound because of the horrible experiences I faced during that time. I wanted to be a different type of tech, one making an impact in people’s lives by being able to relate to patients on another level. This program gave me a life I have always wanted. Currently, I am a registered vascular sonographer at Cedars Sinai Hospital. I currently have my ARRT licensing in sonography, as well as, ARDMS registered in Abdomen, OB/GYN and RVT. All of these things did not come easy. I worked hard in school to be the most knowledgeable I could be since we literally have people’s lives in our hands. These degrees were earned, not rewarded and I am proud of the things I have done to achieve my career.
You need to be dedicated and willing to put in the work. If you try hard and you remain compassionate, you will flourish in this field as a technologist. You will not regret this decision. I absolutely love my job! Just like the saying ‘if you enjoy what you do for work you don’t ever work a day in your life.’ “
Kaylie Martinez RDMS, RVTWCUI has done so much for me, especially at a time when I was focused on paving a path to a better life.“My first interaction with ultrasound came during the start of my pregnancy. During this process, I became intrigued by the science that led to the images of my unborn child being displayed on the monitor. My ultrasound technician's ability to utilize technology for sound imaging made a lasting impression. With little to occupy my time while being immobile during the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I Googled "How do you become an ultrasound tech". Little did I know that this active search would leave a lasting change in my life.
The Google search result produced a number of different schools. After researching and contacting various options, I landed on WCUI. I knew right away it was the right place for me. Victoria provided all the information I was looking for. Most importantly, she made sure by staying with me every step of the way. My choice was further confirmed by the instructors and staff I met at WCUI. They were knowledgeable, genuine, and went above and beyond to be supportive of each student. They guided me through my externship process and continue to check in on me long after I've graduated.
WCUI has done so much for me, especially at a time when I was focused on paving a path to a better life. They have walked with me during this journey, and I am grateful for their support.”
Jorge Barajas Now, I feel like my daughter can look up to me being a great father, in a great career and helping others.“I researched good careers online and ultrasound was one of the suggestions on the results list. As I viewed the schools that had ultrasound as a major, I selected WCUI School of Medical Imaging (WCUI). I attended the Open House and became greatly interested. Upon completing my studies at WCUI, I went from a minimum wage paying job to a great career. Currently, I am working as an Echo Tech for ICARDIO.AI. In addition to acquiring my career, I met an immense amount of great people and made amazing new friends. Now, I feel like my daughter can look up to me being a great father, in a great career and helping others.
The field of ultrasound is amazing. It involves non-invasive procedures that helps save lives. It is a great career that is well in demand”
Meggan Lilly ARRT(S), RVT, ARDMS(AB)It is just the career I was searching for and I am so glad I quit saying “I’m too old to go back to school”“Shortly after high school, I became a young mother and wife. While I was busy raising children, I let my “college years” slip by. As my children became older, I still thought about going back to school but believed the lie that I was too old. Still having the desire to have a career, at the age of 32 I did one of the most challenging but rewarding things I’ve ever done. I enrolled in the ultrasound program at WCUI. Along with the support of both my family and the instructors and staff at WCUI, I completed the program and graduated in 2016.
Right after school, I stayed diligent and focused on acquiring my registries and gaining all the experience I could. I worked as a pool/PRN tech at multiple hospitals and clinics. I soaked in all the knowledge I could and learned from every tech and doctor I met. My goal was to eventually find a full-time position at a facility that was a perfect fit for my family and me. I always trusted that there is a place for us all, and with hard work, dedication, patience, and faith I would soon find it. After 2 years, I am now employed full-time for a major hospital in Phoenix, AZ. It truly is the fit I was looking for and I can finally say - I love my job! I continue to work PRN for another hospital, having the opportunity to pick up extra hours when I’m available. Along with my sonography license in ARRT, I also have obtained RVT and abdominal ARDMS registries. I also still have goals of sitting for additional exams in the near future.
I am thankful to be a part of the sonographer community. Being a part of a team to aid and assist in a patient’s healing and diagnosis brings gratification and fufillment. It is just the career I was searching for and I am so glad I quit saying “I’m too old to go back to school”.”
Our alumni can be found in hospitals and clinics all over the country, making a difference in their chosen field. Their commitment to the healthcare industry is reflected in their continued research after graduation, their participation in nationwide medical conferences and networking events, and most importantly their dedication to each individual patient. Many WCUI alumni stay connected to WCUI leadership, participating in campus orientations and program advisory committee meetings to help us adapt our curriculum to the changing healthcare field and share their stories with other like-minded students. We look forward to hearing and sharing their stories for years to come.
Are you a current WCUI Alumni? Did you know we have a growing list of resources to help you on your journey after graduation? From CME courses, job search assistance, alumni workshops, and more we want to make sure you have the support you need to succeed in your career.Find our Alumni Resources down below.
Ready to hire a WCUI grad? Our graduates are waiting and ready to enter the field. If you are currently looking to fill positions at your hospital or clinic, please visit our Hire A Grad page and fill out the form. Our Career Services team will reach out to you with the best candidates that fit your employment needs.
Our sonography and MRI graduates are employed at popular hospitals and imaging clinics such as AZ Tech Radiology, Kaiser Permanente, Banner Health, Med Smart Inc, Simon Med, Pro Health Imaging Center, Echo Tech Imaging Center, and Sun Radiology.
Our alumni can be found in hospitals/clinics/physicians’ offices all across the country including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Average Employment Rate of Graduates
Academic Associates Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Academic Associates Cardiovascular Sonography
Academic Associates MRI
Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease
WCUI’s Average Employment Rate of Graduates are sourced from WCUI’s 2019 ACCSC Annual Report (Graduation and Employment Rates). The 70% benchmark in the above graph is ACCSC’s established benchmark employment rate for all program lengths since 2016. ACCSC determines the benchmark employment rates based on the information collected from all ACCSC-approved schools in the Annual Report.
Our commitment to our students stays just as strong on Day 600 as Day 1. As a lifelong member of the WCUI family, the support doesn’t end after graduation. We encourage a professional relationship to help you continue to find new career advancement opportunities in your field, grow your education, and network with other medical professionals in the industry. Our evolving alumni resources are built based on your feedback and needs as you encounter the professional world, to help us answer the most important question: How can we help you succeed?
Upcoming Alumni Events
Online ARDMS SPI Registry Review with Michael LaJoy
Live Webinars: Quarterly Webinars by industry experts to enhance knowledge, acquire CME credits, and add to your resume.
CME Library: Access to self-instructed CME courses (held on Canvas) with video lectures and eligible for CME credits.
See our blog page for current and past CME courses.
WCUI workshops are available to help you through your journey as a medical professional. From career development, Job Search 101, professionalism courses, to managing your online personal brand, these workshops will help you elevate your professional career. Connect with the alumni team today to sign up for the next workshop! Email: email@example.com
WCUI Alumni Association
A community for WCUI alumni to learn more about upcoming Alumni Workshops and job opportunities, network with other alumni from all three campuses, and get the latest news on advancements in the field, CME opportunities, and WCUI. Available on Facebook Groups and LinkedIn Groups.
Online Job Board
Connect with our Alumni Association Facebook and LinkedIn Group for a weekly updated online job board with career opportunities specialized by program and by state.