Choosing Ultrasound Technician Schools
A career in diagnostic medical sonography can only be successful by
getting the right training program that will help you acquire the skills and technical knowledge
needed in performing well in the field. A wide range of training programs are offered in community
colleges, vocational schools, and universities – and with overwhelming number of schools to choose
from, it is important that you choose that one that will be able to provide your needs and the best
quality education as well. The popularity of ultrasound technician schools must never be your
criteria for judging, rather, you must take into consideration several factors and evaluate your
choices based on your unique situation.
Just because a friend of yours has become successful in a prestigious
ultrasound technician school does not mean that you will have the same experience too. What if you
are not financially sound to pay for the tuition fees of that school? What if you don’t qualify
academically in their admission requirements? In choosing a school, it is always important that you
make an assessment of your situation first and then make careful evaluations on your list of schools
as to whether which ones will fit your needs. Making a list of the things you are looking for in a
school and other things important to you will make a good start.
Taking into consideration key features of a particular school such as
tuition fees, class schedules, course outlines, admission requirements, and facilities will help
make your decision-making an easier task. For the best results, schedule a personal meeting with
school representatives so that you can discuss with them your concerns and other important matters.
Also, make sure that the school you will be getting into has been accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Enrolling in accredited schools will
help give you peace of mind knowing that you are receiving quality education that has met
The ultrasound technician school you will be choosing also must have an
excellent track record, especially with their performance in certification exams that are
administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). You may inquire
school representatives about their graduation statistics and passing rates in certification exams.
It is also worthwhile to ask if the school offers employment assistance after graduation or ask
about the employment rate of their graduates. You may want to move on to other ultrasound technician
schools on your list if the representatives of the school are hesitant to provide you with valuable
information such as these.
If the ultrasound technician school you are rooting for have expensive
tuition fees, you may want to apply for their scholarship program or financial aid options.
Different schools will have different requirements and conditions for granting student scholarship,
so it will be worthwhile to inquire about it and check if you are qualified. Some schools also have
online classes available, so if you are worrying about schedule conflicts and distance of the
school, you may opt to apply for these. Checking online reviews on different ultrasound technician
schools may also be helpful in pinpointing a good school to enroll in.