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Ultrasound technicians use specialized technology to create and view internal images of the body, called ultrasounds or sonograms. These images are especially useful to see things like the heart, nervous system, muscles, stomach, reproductive system, and other soft tissues. An ultrasound bounces sound waves off internal organs and uses the resulting echoes to create a computer image that shows the technician the condition of organs and other tissues. These images can help physicians diagnose conditions, track pregnancies, or look for internal damage.

Medical imaging is still a growing technology, but one that is favored over costly, invasive procedures like exploratory surgery. It's often the first tool used for diagnosing patients because of its safety and effectiveness. As a large population of Americans continue to age, non-invasive diagnosis equipment will be key in maintaining care and comfort.

Washington D.C. Ultrasound Technician Schools

There are several schooling options for prospective diagnostic medical sonographers in the Washington D.C. metro area, which includes nearby states. All of the following programs are accredited:

  • George Washington University: A pioneer in the technology of sonography, George Washington also offers degrees and certificates in various specialties within the sonography field, including general, cardiac, and vascular. Through the Health Sciences program, students earning a bachelor's can even get sonography credentials a year before graduating. (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited).

  • Montgomery College: Just 6 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., Montgomery College in Maryland is a CAAHEP-accredited school with specialization options including pediatric, Ob/Gyn, and adult echocardiography. The school is committed to continuing education for the ever-changing field.

  • Northern Virginia Community College: This school, 16 miles from Washington D.C., is another nearby program accredited by the CAAHEP. Graduating students from NOVA are qualified to work in clinics, hospitals, public health projects, and many other areas.

In nearby Baltimore, Maryland, (40 miles from Washington D.C.) there are also accredited diagnostic sonography schools at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

What to Expect from Washington D.C. Sonography Programs

Because the field requires both technical knowledge and caregiving skills, formal education is a helpful and necessary step to becoming an ultrasound technician. Sonographers have several options for training including bachelor's and associate degree programs, as well as some one-year programs that grant certificates for those already working in health care.

Students can often specialize in ultrasound on a certain area of the body, for which they'll take focused classes. Most programs have some clinical element so students can learn from a professional technician in real-life situations with actual patients and doctors. Course topics may include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Applied sciences
  • Specialized sonography (focusing on a particular area like the abdomen or womb)

Students should expect to develop skills in operating and maintaining ultrasound equipment, interpreting diagnostic images, working with patients, and summarizing ultrasound information for both patients and physicians.

Washington D.C. Ultrasound Technician Licensing and Certification

Employers generally look to hire graduates from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduating students should obtain certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Generally, this is done by passing exams after graduating. If you choose to specialize in a certain area of sonography, you can earn an additional certification in that area. Most sonography technicians have at least one certification, but others choose to pursue multiple, especially if they want to specialize in something. Washington D.C. does not require a separate license beyond certification.

Resources for Washington D.C. Ultrasound Technicians

Choosing the right program and finding adequate support can set you up for a fulfilling career in sonography. Here are a few resources for prospective sonography students:

Sources:

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Occupational Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm, accessed October 1, 2016
  2. Healthgrades, District of Columbia facility listing, https://www.healthgrades.com/hospital-directory/dc-district-of-columbia/washington#pagenumber=1&q=&loc=Washington%2C+DC&prem=&tp=&f.distance.display=bottom&f.distance_ftop=50&f.distance=50, accessed October 1, 2016
  3. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Ultrasound, https://medlineplus.gov/ultrasound.html, accessed October 1, 2016
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Highest Award
Enrolled
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Associate
4,169
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Associate
6,408
Athens
Associate
4,041
Austin
Associate
33,508
Muskogee
Bachelor
884
Memphis
Bachelor
925
Miami
Doctorate
8,733
Bellevue
Bachelor
12,305
Paramus
Associate
15,057
Janesville
Associate
2,283
Bowling Green
Associate
4,953
Fort Lauderdale
Associate
31,730
Lincoln
Masters
397
Boston
Associate
8,806
Hudson
Associate
3,728
West Barnstable
Associate
4,299
Wilmington
Associate
7,570
Galesburg
Associate
2,693
Morehead City
Associate
1,628
Van Nuys
Associate
638
Albuquerque
Associate
22,759
Newark
Associate
3,100
Los Angeles
Masters
368
Chattanooga
Associate
8,108
Eau Claire
Associate
5,998
Cincinnati
Associate
8,507
Glen Ellyn
Associate
25,768
Grayslake
Associate
16,010
Las Vegas
Bachelor
37,758
Saint Paul
Doctorate
5,238
Pittsburgh
Associate
18,525
Warwick
Associate
16,811
Rome
Associate
2,628
Cleveland
Associate
24,563
Cypress
Associate
13,592
Albany
Associate
4,760
Corpus Christi
Associate
11,167
Georgetown
Associate
4,314
Newark
Associate
7,519
New Orleans
Associate
13,210
University Center
Associate
10,406
Davenport
Associate
7,329
Ramsey
Associate
490
Dallas
Associate
6,680
El Paso
Associate
25,023
Big Rapids
Doctorate
13,087
Jacksonville
Bachelor
24,939
Orlando
Masters
2,207
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
Winston Salem
Associate
7,276
Hays
Masters
9,588
Phoenix
Associate
6,874
New Haven
Associate
5,965
Hanceville
Associate
5,247
Sewell
Associate
6,169
Greenville
Associate
14,300
Panama City
Associate
5,758
Palatine
Associate
15,156
Harrisburg
Associate
9,774
Tampa
Associate
22,621
Raymond
Associate
9,941
Conway
Associate
5,800
Houston
Associate
43,518
Troy
Associate
12,296
Fulton
Associate
5,871
Carterville
Associate
7,559
Smithfield
Associate
4,145
Ellisville
Associate
4,683
Jackson
Associate
6,173
Centralia
Associate
5,041
Kettering
Masters
808
Scranton
Associate
1,502
Beaumont
Associate
2,590
Lansing
Associate
19,465
Cheyenne
Associate
4,763
Romeoville
Doctorate
5,347
Oakland
Masters
319
Loma Linda
Doctorate & First Professional
4,022
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Elyria
Associate
10,769
Eunice
Associate
2,864
Brockton
Associate
7,064
Rochester
Doctorate
301
Augusta
Doctorate & First Professional
2,392
Merced
Associate
10,890
Des Moines
Bachelor
680
Miami
Bachelor
54,094
Bedford
Associate
8,124
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
Dallas
Doctorate
2,355
Rockville
Associate
23,866
San Jacinto
Associate
14,197
Beckley
Masters
4,847
Concord
Associate
3,572
Omaha
Masters
592
Las Cruces
Associate
7,803
Wichita
Masters
2,166
Bethlehem
Associate
7,912
Wausau
Associate
3,729
Green Bay
Associate
8,105
Annandale
Associate
41,266
Fort Lauderdale
Doctorate & First Professional
27,518
Bloomfield Hills
Associate
24,532
Statesboro
Associate
1,921
Oklahoma City
Bachelor
5,824
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
Klamath Falls
Masters
3,303
Perrysburg
Associate
19,853
Lake Worth
Associate
22,881
Pennsylvania
Associate
680
Pensacola
Associate
10,728
Winterville
Associate
6,499
Winter Haven
Associate
7,757
Pueblo
Associate
5,063
Lakewood
Associate
7,223
Rochester
Doctorate
14,849
Saint Catharine
Bachelor
667
Saint Cloud
Associate
3,909
Saint Louis
Associate
7,230
Santa Barbara
Associate
21,632
Gainesville
Associate
14,824
Seattle
Doctorate
7,529
Adrian
Masters
2,161
State College
Associate
661
Polkton
Associate
2,250
South Holland
Associate
6,260
Sioux Falls
Associate
2,201
Richlands
Associate
3,716
Sylva
Associate
2,040
Spokane
Associate
6,961
Springfield
Associate
6,074
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Tacoma
Associate
5,811
Tallahassee
Associate
13,776
Philadelphia
Doctorate & First Professional
2,924
Norfolk
Associate
25,857
River Grove
Associate
15,658
Buffalo
Associate
1,061
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Little Rock
Doctorate & First Professional
2,538
Iowa City
Doctorate & First Professional
29,117
Newark
Doctorate & First Professional
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Omaha
Doctorate & First Professional
3,128
Oklahoma City
Doctorate & First Professional
3,754
Rio Grande
Masters
2,243
Orlando
Associate
32,870
Austin
Associate
825
Birmingham
Masters
3,826
Gallatin
Associate
7,065
Topeka
Doctorate
6,901
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Masters
18,081
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Associate
7,090

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