Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: Diploma Coursework Description

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A diagnostic medical sonographer diploma is your ticket to a rewarding career as an ultrasound specialist in the burgeoning healthcare industry. Typical coursework includes acoustic physics, clinical practice and obstetrics sonography. Read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity.
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What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Diploma?

A diploma in diagnostic medical sonography will give you the training and knowledge to operate sophisticated ultrasound equipment to assist in diagnostic medical examinations of patients. Upon completion of the diploma program, you will have the necessary skills to become a sonography technician and use ultrasound to examine the body's internal organs and aid doctors in making diagnoses related to pregnancy, the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, and other organs and tissues.

Skills You Will Learn

Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to examine the internal organs of patients. In a diagnostic medical sonographer diploma program, you will learn how to operate ultrasound equipment, examine the images produced and recognize healthy and unhealthy areas, make determination regarding the quality and efficacy of ultrasound images, and prepare preliminary reports to aid physicians in making diagnoses.

Courses

In the typical diagnostic medical sonographer program you will encounter the following courses:

  • Acoustic Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Obstetrics Sonography
  • Abdominal Sonography

Why Get a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma?

Ultrasound technicians and sonographers use sophisticated medical equipment that requires specific instruction in its operation. A diploma program in the use of sonography equipment ensures that you have the necessary knowledge and experience to be a diagnostic sonography technician, and shows employers that you are qualified.

What Can I do with a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Diploma?

Those with this diploma go on to land positions in hospitals, imaging centers and other OB/GYN clinics, and other healthcare facilities as ultrasound technicians. It is possible to specialize in a certain area of sonography, such as obstetric sonography.

Job Outlook and Salary

As part of the rapidly expanding healthcare system, sonographers can expect a robust and healthy career outlook for many years to come. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) expects the demand for sonographers to increase much faster than the national average until at least the year 2014. The median annual income for diagnostic medical sonographers was around $52,490 in 2004.

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    1. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate - Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound
      • Associate - Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound
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    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
      • MS in Nursing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
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    3. Regent University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
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    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
      • HS Diploma with Focus in Health Care
  • Online Programs Available
    7. University of the Southwest

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)
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    9. American National University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Surgical Technology - Associate
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Fortis College

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    Certificate
      • Radiologic Technology
      • Surgical Technology
      • Sterile Processing Technician

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Virginia College

  • Associate - Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound

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Kaplan University

  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
  • Bachelor: Health Science
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Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma
  • HS Diploma with Focus in Health Care

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University of the Southwest

  • MBA Healthcare Administration

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Baker College Online

  • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)

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