Ultrasound Technology is a rapidly expanding allied health field where the need for technicians continues. An Ultrasound Technician is a skilled professional who uses equipment producing high-frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data that help health care professionals to diagnose and treat patients.
Ultrasound imaging is used on many parts of the body, that can include: the abdomen, blood vessels, heart, and the developing fetus of a pregnant woman. Sonography professionals are qualified to perform examinations to obtain of bodily tissues and organs such as: the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, etc.--including hemodynamic information. This field requires precision, as well as an in-depth understanding of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
UT Course Curriculum
The Ultrasound Technician can have various specialty areas of career focus, such as Diagnostic Medical Sonography or even Echocardiography. Accordingly, the Ultrasound Technician must have a wide range of skills and knowledge capable of accommodating the broad scope of professional demands of the medical facility wherein they are employed. This course is designed to focus in on Diagnostic Medical Sonography as the special area of ultrasound technological practice, as it is amongst the most versatile, demanding, and rewarding aspects of the field. It prepares individuals meeting certain qualifications to work with medical practitioners in the management, control and care of patients referred to the healthcare provider for ultrasound studies. Some of the key areas of study will include:
- Medical terminology
- Imaging concepts, procedures, and principles
- Principles and Protocols of Sonographic Imaging
- Patient safety and privacy
- Patient care practices
- Introduction to medical sonographic physics
- OB/GYN sonography
- Clinical education and practical aspects of sonography
- Introduction to echocardiography
- Basic introduction to radiological procedures
- Sonography of the circulatory system
- Anatomy and basic biological principles
- Abdominal sonography
- Gynecological sonography
- Sonographic instrumentation
- Sonography physics
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Ultrasound Technician program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: EKG knowledge and training is an additional prerequisite to the Sonography program.