American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, Florida; Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Nebraska; and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming, are three accredited colleges offering sonography courses. There are 215 accredited diagnostic medical sonography programs in the United States, as of 2015, according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs website includes a list of all accredited sonography programs, found in 44 different states. Sonography courses last one to four years, and graduates earn certificates and associate and bachelor degrees. To enter a one-year sonography program, students must have experience or qualifications in related allied health care professions. Students entering associate degree sonography programs must have high school degrees or GEDs and have taken algebra, general physics and basic science courses.
Sonography course curriculum includes applied biological sciences, physical sciences and applications of ultrasound, as well as instrumentation, image evaluation and related diagnostic procedures. Students should also expect to study clinical medicine and patient care.
In addition to colleges, students can take sonography courses at some hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York; and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.