Sonography is a medical imaging technology that is used on many more body parts than just the bellies of pregnant women, and it is one of the fastest-growing medical diagnostic fields. Sonography programs range from short-term certificate programs to full, four-year degree programs, and can cover a broad range of applications to very specific ones, such as cardiology. As the demand for qualified sonographers has risen, so have the opportunities for prospective students in metropolitan areas.
The Institute of Allied Medical Professions
The Institute of Allied Medical Professions' Manhattan campus houses the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and is determined to prepare students to pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam, as well as for careers as sonographers in a variety of medical settings. Here you will learn how to use sonography equipment on all parts of the body that utilize sonograph examination and treatments. Sonography programs at IAMP can take one to four years to complete, and the Manhattan campus is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
New York Methodist Hospital
An ultrasound/sonographer certificate program is available at The New York Methodist Hospital's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program takes two years to complete, and up to 60 credits can be applied to a bachelor's degree in sonography, should you choose to pursue one. The program has partnerships with both St. Francis College and Clarion University. In this program, you will participate in both traditional classes and clinical-based hospital courses, and when you complete the program you will be qualified to take the ARDMS examination. The New York Methodist Hospital programs are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, while the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Long Island University Brooklyn
Long Island University's Brooklyn campus offers a certificate program in Cardiac Sonography that takes one year to complete with required full-time enrollment. In this program, you develop skills that allow you to use state-of-the-art sonography technology to evaluate how the heart is functioning. You will also learn how to aid cardiologists as they perform invasive procedures, such as transesophageal echo. Unlike IAMP and New York Methodist Hospital, you must have already earned a bachelor's degree to gain admission. This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
SUNY Downtown Medical Center
The Diagnostic Medical Imaging program at the SUNY Downtown Medical Center in Brooklyn is a two-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Notwithstanding, you don't need a degree to gain admission, but you must have earned at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited college or university that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In this program, you can specialize in a specific area of sonography, such as duplex Doppler vascular imaging, cardiology, obstetrics-gynecology and abdomen.
Christopher Cascio is a memoirist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literature from Southampton Arts at Stony Brook Southampton, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in the rhetoric of fiction from Pennsylvania State University. His literary work has appeared in "The Southampton Review," "Feathertale," "Kalliope" and "The Rose and Thorn Journal."