This major is program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to utilize medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.
Includes instruction in obtaining, reviewing, and integrating patient histories and data; patient instruction and care; anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data recording; sonographic data processing; sonography equipment operation; and professional standards and ethics.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Major (use the College Search feature and enter "cardio" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Major?
In the capacity of a Sonographer, it is your job to operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Sonographers may work closely with physicians and surgeons before, during, and after procedures.
Job opportunities for sonographers are very likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a seventeen percent (17%) growth 2019-2029.
To enter the career subsector of Allied Health as a sonographer, you will need an associate degree. Most states require sonographers to be licensed and/or certified. Regardless of state requirements, employers typically require or prefer to hire sonographers who meet all credentials.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals
- American Society of Echocardiography
- Society for Vascular Ultrasound
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International
- American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Publications/Magazines in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Major