What It Costs
What you can expect to pay to become an ultrasound technician can vary a great deal, depending on which of the various paths offered that you take to achieve this goal. For instance, if you decide to participate in an accredited ultrasound certificate program offered right in a hospital setting, Rhode Island Hospital’s School of Diagnostic Imaging has a 12-month ultrasound training option that provides a mix of classroom study and direct patient interaction. The cost of tuition is $4,000. On the higher end, the University of Maryland Baltimore County offers an accredited one-year sonography certificate program that costs about $18,000.
If you prefer to get an Associate’s Degree toward an ultrasound technician degree, an accredited program such as one offered by Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, provides sonography training within its broader radiology program. That enables this two year, multi-focus program to give its graduates an edge in the field. The cost to become a ultrasound technician for in-state students is about $3,000, while out-of-state tuition runs close to $11,000.
The Mayo School of Health Sciences also has a two-year, associate’s degree option for sonography students. Most of the lectures are held live at its Rochester, Minnesota campus, but students in its Jacksonville, Florida campus have the option to participate long distance through a state-of-the-art video classroom capability. Regardless of which ultrasound program location you select, both have access to highly-respected Mayo Clinic facilities and the students receive hands-on training. The cost for the 21-month accredited ultrasound program will set you back almost $14,000.
If earning a four-year degree towards becoming a ultrasound technician appeals to you, you could pursue this option through Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. The tuition for this accredited Bachelor degree program, which consists of three years of academics and one year of on-the-job training, will cost you close to $25,000. Similarly, Seattle University in Seattle, Washington, has an accredited Bachelor degree program that costs almost $30,000.
So tuition for a one-year sonography certificate program starts at $4,000 and goes up to almost $30,000 for a bachelor’s degree in the field.
Exploring Your Options
To learn more about your options, you can find a list of ultrasound technician and sonography schools at All Allied Health Schools. You can also do a keyword search online for schools that offer such programs. In addition, you may want to check out the list of schools that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).