If you have chosen to become an Ultrasound Tech, you will be entering one of the fastest growing professions in healthcare. Also known as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, this profession is growing by around 18%. After completing your education, you will join other registered Ultrasound Techs in a profession that offers a median pay that is $20,000 over what the average worker in the United States earns. Along with an average salary of around $65,000, Ultrasound Techs work in a clean healthcare environment and enjoy benefits such as job security, healthcare benefits, paid vacation and sick time, and flexible work schedules.
There are many exciting places for Ultrasound Techs to work in California. Some of the top medical facilities are located in this State, along with many smaller hospitals, clinics and medical centers. The typical salary in the State of California is around $73,000 per year, around 8% higher than the national average.
In California, there are many colleges and universities that offer Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Whatever program you choose, it is very important that you go to an accredited program. Not only does accreditation make sure the program you choose has met high standards and will provide you an excellent education, an accredited program will allow you to take your registry exam once you graduate, so you can become licensed. If you select a non-accredited program, once you have graduated you must work for a full year before being eligible to take your licensing exam – and most employers will not hire a non-licensed Ultrasound Tech.
San Joaquin Valley College 10641 Church St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-6862 Telephone (866)544-7898
Founded in 1977, this college has nine campuses in California. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offered instructs students on sonography fundamentals, ultrasound administration including abdominal, obstetrics, gynecology and vascular imaging, data collection, and emphasizes providing compassionate care.
Prerequisites for this program are: English Composition, Basic Algebra (or higher), Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology. Students must take these course at a regionally accredited college or university and have a passing grade of 2.0 or higher.
The eighteen month program is broken down into three 24 week terms, including summers. Classes are held each Monday through Friday. This college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Central California School 3195 McMillian # F, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone 805-543-9123
The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program at this college is a two year program that instructs students on abdominal and obstetrical ultrasound, as well as clinical medical assisting. The total credit hours (quarter) are 186 for this program, which is offered during the week for local students. For students outside the area, the classroom sessions are also offered on the weekends. This College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges as well as the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch. ARDMS requirements are discussed during student orientation.
Platt College 1000 South Fremont Ave. Suite A9 West, Alhambra, CA – 91803 Telephone (626) 300-5444
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is also offered at two other campuses:
Ontario Campus, 3700 Inland Empire Boulevard, Ontario, CA 91764
Alhambra Campus, 1000 South Fremont Ave, Suite A9W, Alhambra, CA 91803
Founded in 1948 with just 500 students, this college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college offers students an Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program instructs students on the areas of OB/GYN, advanced vascular ultrasound and abdominal sonography. The prerequisites for this program include health occupations, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. Upon successfully completing this program, students will have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, pathology, and the skills to manipulate a variety of instruments. The program is a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Loma Linda University, 11234 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, California 92354 Telephone (909) 558-1000
This University is Seventh-day Adventist. Eight schools make up the University which boasts more than 4,000 students. There are two Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at this university: General Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology, and Cardiac Sonography. Students must have an associate’s degree, preferably in a science area, a bachelor’s degree or a graduate of an accredited allied health program.
The General Medical Sonography program is twenty-four months, and prepares students for a variety of ultrasound types, such as OB-GYN, and includes Physics and Instrumentation. The program includes normal and fetal abnormalities, maternal diseases and anomalies, as well as general sonography for the abdomen, breasts and thyroid. Students will be prepared to sit for the RVT and RDMS board exams after successfully completing the program.
The Cardiac Sonography program is twelve months, and prepares students for this specialty. Students will be taught normal anatomy, disease processes, and extensively study heart hemodynamics. The program also includes Adult and Pediatric echocardiography as well as Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation. After completing the program, students will be prepared to sit for the board exam and RDCS.
Cypress College 9200 Valley View Street, Cypress California 90630 Telephone (714)484-7000
This college is part of the North Orange County Community College District, and offers small classroom sizes for individual attention. A bond measures has transformed the campus in the last four years, modernizing many facilities. The college also offers a Career Planning Center for students. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at this college is eighteen months long, and offers instruction in general sonography, including pelvis, obstetrics, superficial structures and abdomen. Students should expect clinical training Monday – Thursday, with didactic courses scheduled on Fridays. Vascular training or echo cardiology is not part of this program. Students will be qualified to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam after successfully completing the program.
Prerequisites to the program include Radiologic Physics, Patient Care, Survey of Disease, Ethics, and Anatomy & Physiology. These courses can also be taken during the program, and must be completed with a “C” grade or better.
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