Sonography

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

With a Sonography degree, graduates have the skills and expertise to perform and analyze ultrasound images through the use of high-frequency sound waves for procedures that go beyond obstetrics.

Students will learn scanning procedures in abdominal, superficial structures, gynecological, obstetrical, and vascular ultrasound. Clinical internship experience lets students put their classroom knowledge to the test in the real world and opens doors to career opportunities after graduating.

Sonography grads find work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and mobile scanning services.

Emily
Stockam
Emily
from Monticello
Sonography
It’s not just about babies. Once you start to do ultrasounds, you realize that anatomy is different. You need critical thinking, problem solving skills. I really like being a problem solver.
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Emily
Sahra
Mhade
Sahra
born in Kenya
grew up in Maine
Sonography
I had my AA done and pre-requisites for Sonography finished. I applied - I knew it was very competitive and had no idea if I was going to get in or not, but I thankfully got in.
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Skills Acquired

  • 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
100
%
2017 Placement Rate
$
38
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

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

Projected Job Growth

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

Where Grads Work

  • 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 

Accreditations & Credentials

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

Info Sessions

Contact Us

SCTCC Admissions Team
320-308-5089
enroll@sctcc.edu
https://www.sctcc.edu/apply

Advising Assistance for admitted Pre-Sonography Students at SCTCC:
Email: aac@sctcc.edu 
Phone: 320-308-5741
Office: Northway Building, 1-312

Sonography Program Faculty Representative:

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

Additional Information

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

Related Links

  • Sonography Obstetric Scanning - Free Ultrasounds

Clubs & Organizations

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

SCTCC Student Clubs

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