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Ultrasound Technician Schools and Training Programs

An ultrasound technician operates special equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into areas of a patient’s body to create images that can be used by a physician to make a diagnosis.

Ultrasounds are used most commonly on pregnant women to check on the health of an unborn child, but they can also be used to diagnose a number of health problems.

Ultrasound technicians may specialize in creating and analyzing images of particular areas, such as the female reproductive system, the abdominal cavity, or brain and nervous system.

Educational and Training Requirements for Ultrasound Technicians and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

There are a variety of ways to become an ultrasound technician or diagnostic medical sonographer. Employers may accept formal education in sonography, training in the workplace, or a combination of both. However, employers typically prefer applicants who graduated from an accredited program or completed training in an accredited practice, and who are registered. Accredited programs are offered by colleges and universities. Some hospital programs are accredited as well. In 2008, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited over 150 training programs.

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Campus and Online Sonography Schools

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San Joaquin Valley College

  • Bakersfield
  • Degree - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Quick Summary: San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.

Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Brightwood College

  • Vista
  • X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant
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About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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