The Nation’s Top 10 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Schools

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Tuition: $3,050 in-state, $10,658 out-of-state
Room and board: $5,100
Student body: 6,086
Setting: urban
Selectivity: less selective

Armstrong Atlantic folds its sonography program into its radiologic technology program, creating a two-year, 68-credit program that covers both technologies. Graduates will be candidates for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification exam.

Barry University

Tuition: $24,500
Room and board: $7,850
Student body: 5,355
Setting: Suburban
Selectivity: Selective

Barry offers a four-year bachelor program including three years of academic study at the main campus in Miami Shores, FL, with the fourth year spent in internship. The result is a BS in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound with a minor in Biology. Two program options allow you to pursue a more challenging or less challenging route, depending on your career goals.

Medical College of Georgia

Tuition: $5,210 in-state, $17,472 out-of-state
Room and board: Not available
Student body: 648
Setting: Urban
Selectivity: Not available

MCG offers a 79-credit, 2-year program covering vascular and cardiac sonography, echocardiography and clinical internships. The program is accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, and financial aid options are available, since the school does not recommend working during the program.

Mountain State University

Tuition: $8,100
Room and board: $5,854
Student body: 3,921
Setting: Urban
Selectivity: Less selective

One of MSU’s strongest points is the 100% placement rate of its ultrasound program graduates. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography accredits the school’s program, which includes abdominal, obstetric and small parts sonography for the associate degree, with the addition of echocardiography and vascular sonography for the bachelor degree.

Nebraska Methodist College

Tuition: $17,204
Room and board: $6,150
Student body: 521
Setting: Urban
Selectivity: Not available

Methodist College’s program offers a 2-year, 78-credit associate degree in either multispecialty or cardiovascular sonography with the option of continuing for the bachelor degree, plus an advanced-skills certificate program. The bachelor continuation is available online, and can be completed part-time or full-time.

Newman University

Tuition: $17,688
Room and board: $5,442
Student body: 1,631
Setting: Urban
Selectivity: Selective

The 2-year certificate program at Newman gains the graduate eligibility to take the ARDMS exam and covers abdominal, obstetric and vascular sonography, and echocardiography.

Oregon Institute of Technology

Tuition: $5,618 in-state, $14,690 out-of-state
Room and board: $7,552
Student body: 3,134
Setting: Rural
Selectivity: Selective

OIT’s 195-credit bachelor degree program in diagnostic medical sonography includes three years of classroom work and a one-year externship. The program covers abdominal, pelvic, vascular and obstetric ultrasound. Bachelor programs are also offered in echocardiography and vascular technology, with completion programs for professionals who have previous health care training.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuition: $26,481
Room and board: $9,054
Student body: 13,476
Setting: Suburban
Selectivity: More selective

Rochester offers a bachelor degree in general ultrasound, as well as two certificate options in general ultrasound and echocardiography. Abdominal, small parts, obstetric and vascular ultrasound are covered in the school’s 184-credit bachelor degree program, which also includes an internship at two or more facilities. The 70-credit general and 62-credit echocardiography certificates also include internships.

Seattle University

Tuition: $28,260
Room and board: $9,495
Student body: 7,529
Setting: Suburban
Selectivity: Not available

Accredited by CAAHEP, Seattle’s bachelor degree program in ultrasound covers echocardiography as well as vascular, abdominal and pelvic sonography. The first two years serve as a prerequisite to the two-year sonography program. The 12-month internship offers the option of pursuing either one or two specialties of general, ob/gyn, adult cardiac, or vascular ultrasound.

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