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Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound


Opportunities for diagnostic medical sonographers continue to increase as sonography becomes a progressively more attractive alternative to radiologic procedures. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment to increase much faster than the average for all occupations due to increasing demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology as the population grows and ages.* A Brightwood College education in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound Diploma program can provide you with the skills necessary to open the door to this highly sought-after career.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound Program

Our diagnostic medical sonography/ultrasound curriculum can prepare you to become a responsible member of the health team in a hospital, imaging center, or private facility. In this program, you can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform ultrasound scans of the following areas:

  • Upper abdomen
  • Pelvic area
  • Superficial structures
  • Peripheral vascular system

In addition, the program's required clinical externship offers the opportunity to gain hands-on training and professional knowledge that can further strengthen your professional skill set. Your education at Brightwood College can be the beginning of a rewarding career future.

Registered Diagnostic Sonography Certifications

Based on the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam eligibility and Brightwood College admissions standards, graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the following exams upon graduation:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an Abdomen (AB) specialty
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an OB/GYN specialty
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credential

In addition, prior to graduation and upon completion of the required courses, students in this program are eligible to take The Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam. All of the above exams are sponsored by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.†

Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the Brightwood College North Hollywood course catalog for information regarding requirements for exams and certifications.

Occupational Outcomes

By earning a Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound Diploma, you can seek entry-level positions including:

  • ABI technician
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Ultrasound technologist

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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