A small number of junior and community colleges in New England offer programs in diagnostic medical sonography, a field the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow by 18 percent from 2008 through 2018. Found in every state in the region with the exception of Vermont, New England's colleges with accredited or approved ultrasound programs feature curricula that combine classroom lectures with laboratory and clinical experience to give students a well-rounded education.
Kennebec Valley Community College
Founded in 1969, Kennebec Valley Community College is in Fairfield, Maine and has a total enrollment of nearly 2,300 full and part-time students. The school offers an accredited, 16-month certificate program in sonography. Because of limited space in clinical settings, enrollment is limited to Maine residents only. Program curriculum include classwork in ultrasound physics and instrumentation as well as abdominal, small structures, obstetric and gynecological ultrasound techniques. The clinical rotations for the program may require students to work during day, evening and even overnight hours.
Kennebec Valley Community College 92 Western Ave. Fairfield, ME 04937 207-453-5148 kvcc.me.edu
NHTI Concord's Community College
NHTI Concord's Community College has served the Concord area since 1965. The school is home to approximately 5,000 full and part-time students. The accredited diagnostic medical sonography degree program at the college culminates in a certificate and requires four semesters of study to complete. Only students with an associate degree in an allied health field like radiologic technology or individuals with bachelor's degree in a scientific field may apply for admission. The program covers obstetric, gynecological and vascular ultrasound.
NHTI Concord's Community College 31 College Drive Concord, NH 03301 603-271-7154 nhti.edu
Community College of Rhode Island
The Community College of Rhode Island boasts a for-credit enrollment of around 18,000 students between its six campuses. The school's diagnostic medical sonography program is housed at the Flanagan branch in Lincoln. The college grants an accredited two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in the program and requires students to have only a high school diploma or GED and complete a series of prerequisite classes in sciences and mathematics for admission. Students in the program have the option to major in vascular, echocardiography or abdominal, obstetric and gynecological sonography.
Community College of Rhode Island 1762 Louisquisset Pike Lincoln , RI 02865 401-333-7440 ccri.edu
Bunker Hill Community College
Located in Boston, Bunker Hill Community College is an urban institution with around 11,000 for-credit students enrolled in its programs. The college offers accredited Associate of Applied Science degrees both in echocardiography and general sonography. To receive consideration for admission, students must have a high school diploma and show evidence of coursework in algebra and anatomy. Both programs include five clinical rotations as part of their respective curricula.
Bunker Hill Community College 250 New Rutherford Ave. Boston, MA 02129 617-228-2407 bhcc.edu
Gateway Community College
With more than 11,000 full and part-time students, Gateway Community College is a Connecticut-based institution. The school's Associate of Science diagnostic medical sonography program is offered at its North Haven location. Students spend two full years in the program and receive training in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological and vascular ultrasound. The program includes two full-time internships and five shorter internships. While the program is still being reviewed by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists has approved its curriculum.
Gateway Community College 88 Bassette Road North Haven, CT 06473 203-285-2383 gwcc.commnet.edu
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