Sonography

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

With a Sonography degree from SCTCC, graduates are equipped with the skills and expertise to perform and analyze ultrasound images by utilizing high-frequency sound waves for procedures that go beyond obstetrics.

Students learn scanning procedures in abdominal, superficial structures, gynecological, obstetrical, and vascular ultrasound. Sonography graduates find work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and mobile scanning services.

At SCTCC, we give students the opportunities to complete clinical internship experiences. Internships let students put their classroom knowledge to the test in the real world and opens doors to career opportunities after graduation.

The 2019 placement data below may be affected by the COVID pandemic.

89
%
2019 Placement Rate
$
39
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Sonography program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that are ready to hire ultrasound technicians.

From learning to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals, to being able to critically think and apply learned knowledge, SCTCC graduates learn the necessary skills needed to succeed in the workforce. We teach students to be committed to continuing their knowledge and expertise.

Graduates from our Sonography program learn to recognize normal and pathological ultrasound images of the human organs, musculoskeletal, and vascular systems as well as analyze, record, and process ultrasound images to be interpreted by a physician.  

Students can identify the physical principles and parameters of sound waves in the production and processing of ultrasound imaging, identify normal sonographic anatomy of the human organs, musculoskeletal, and vascular systems, and demonstrate scanning proficiencies in a simulated clinical laboratory setting of the human organs, musculoskeletal, and vascular systems.

After graduation, students will have completed clinical internships and be proficient in the scanning of the human body under the guidance of registered sonographers. We even prepare students to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) specialty examinations in physics, abdomen, and OB/GYN.

The goal of the Sonography program at SCTCC is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Quick Glance

  • Communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Committed to ongoing learning to maintain knowledge and expertise.
  • Be able to critically think and apply learned knowledge.
  • Recognize normal and pathological ultrasound images of the human organs, musculoskeletal and vascular systems.
  • Analyze record and process ultrasound images to be interpreted by a physician.  
  • Identify the physical principles and parameters of sound waves in the production and processing of ultrasound imaging.
  • Identify normal sonographic anatomy of the human organs, musculoskeletal and vascular systems.
  • Demonstrate scanning proficiencies in a simulated clinical laboratory setting of the human organs, musculoskeletal and vascular systems.
  • Complete clinical internships and be proficient in the scanning of the human body under the guidance of registered sonographers.
  • Be prepared to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) specialty examinations in Physics, Abdomen and OB/GYN.
  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Types of Careers

Students who graduate from our Sonography program have various career options. From working in a hospital, clinic, or mobile setting, students can find the employment path right for them.

Our graduates have specialized in obstetrics, vascular, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, and breast. You can even find SCTCC graduates working in sales and marketing, management, education, research, or even as an application specialist.

Potential Employers

SCTCC graduates have the opportunity to work with multiple employers. We teach students the skills necessary for the workforce, so they are certain to impress wherever they work.

Students have worked for hospitals, clinics, imaging services, ultrasound companies, and temporary services. Our graduates have even found opportunities with colleges, vascular centers, breast centers, and obstetric centers.

Projected Job Growth

Students graduating from the Sonographer program at SCTCC have projected job security. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers will see a growth change of 46% from 2012-2022. Data from the Occupational Employment Statics program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/projections

Quick Glance

Types of Careers

  • Hospital Setting
  • Clinic Setting
  • Mobile Setting
  • Specialization in Obstetrics, Vascular, Pediatrics, Musculoskeletal & Breast
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Application Specialist
  • Management
  • Education
  • Research

Potential Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Imaging Services
  • Ultrasound Companies
  • Temporary Services
  • Colleges
  • Vascular Centers
  • Breast Centers
  • Obstetric Centers

SCTCC graduates have proudly served various local healthcare systems. From St. Cloud VA, St. Cloud Hospital, Lake Health System, and Cuyuna Medical Center.

Our students have even worked with Lakewood Health System, CentraCare Health, Essentia Health, Minneapolis VA, and the Center for Diagnostic Imaging.

By utilizing skills taught in the SCTCC classroom, a day in the life of our graduates looks like working for Essentia health as a certified Sonographer.

Quick Glance

  • St. Cloud VA
  • St. Cloud Hospital 
  • Lake Health System 
  • Cuyuna Medical Center 
  • Lakewood Health System 
  • CentraCare Health
  • Essentia Health 
  • Minneapolis VA
  • Center for Diagnostic Imaging 

The St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355-113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
(www.caahep.org)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 443-973-3251
Fax: 866-738-3444
(https://www.jrcdms.org)

Sonography students are able to complete national registries through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) during the program and after graduation. 

Sonography Program Achievement Reports

sonography student at the machine
Sono student getting an ultrasound
Sonogrpahy student in class

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Sonography program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at enroll@sctcc.edu
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.


Wednesday
27
October
3:30 PM
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Monday
22
November
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Wednesday
15
December
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Sonography Lab

Sonography Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Current Students

Current Sonography students - this is your place for information.

Jeff Gunderson
E-mail: jgunderson@sctcc.edu  
Phone: 320-308-0971
Office: Health Sciences Building, 125E

The SCTCC Sonography Club is actively involved on campus and out in the community.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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