Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree Program
10 Reasons to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Sonographer’s average earnings, according to O'Net for the Illinois area, is $74,760 a year. (https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2032.00 -retrieved 1/1/2019)
- It is a very rewarding career. Sonographers can make a difference in the diagnosis and management of patients.
- It is never boring as Sonographers meet different patients with different anatomy and challenges as they get to see inside of the human body evaluating the human organs in their normal and abnormal states.
- Sonography is a growing technology in terms of career track.: 3D, 4D, harmonic imaging, Elastography, breast sonography, musculoskeletal sonography and invasive ultrasound guided procedures and therapeutic applications. Veterinary Sonography is also a growing field.
- Sonography is continuously advancing because of the innovations in computers and software. Machines are more friendly, portable and ergonomic.
- Sonography is becoming more popular for Physicians because of lower cost, minimal patient preparations, minimal time used, and safety in the absence of radiation exposure.
- Sonographers are respected in the medical community because of the value they bring with their skill set in patient diagnosis.
- There are numerous opportunities for sonographers: in hospitals, diagnostic centers, mobile units, Doctor’s clinics, and Ultrasound machine manufactures (as an application specialist or educator).
- Flexible work schedules are available as many companies like hospitals, doctor’s clinics and mobile ultrasound units hire on part-time scheduling or when necessary. you can work as full-time or part-time
- There are opportunities to advance your career without having to go back to school.
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.
Program length – 19 months
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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.