Although no legally mandated training or practice standards yet exist for sonographers, most Canadian and U.S. employers seek out those that are registered or certified, or at minimum, eligible to become registered or to receive certification. This allows hiring entities to have a written assurance that these individuals have been trained to recognize conditions that are medically significant, recognize things mimicking or obscuring pathology, and to utilize methods that minimize the exposure to ultrasound. Read on to learn more about some of the learning facilities available for those interested in pursuing diagnostic ultrasound certification training.

The Glenn E. Vickrey School of Diagnostic Ultrasound

The Glenn E. Vickrey School of Diagnostic Ultrasound at Baptist Medical Center South is located in Montgomery, Alabama. The schools 12-month-long program focusing on general ultrasound affords high-quality education to graduates who have completed a six-month, patient-care-related course of allied health education.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), studies include a well-rounded program that gives the student the necessary skills to succeed in the field. Individuals who successfully graduate become qualified to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers’ (ARDMS) national certification exam. For more information, prospective students can contact the program coordinator, Brandi Merrill, at or phone (334) 281-3470, extension 2.

Johns Hopkins

At the Johns Hopkins School of Medical Imaging, located in Baltimore, Maryland, students are immersed in a full-time program lasting 14 months. Routine and highly specialized procedures are taught to give the participants first-hand experience in one of the biggest and most active labs in the United States.

In addition to routine diagnostic exams, concentration is included in such specialized areas as high-risk pregnancy, abdominal, pediatrics, gynecology, and more. Training is given at the hospital as well as at several of the hospitals many facilities. National certification exams are available to successful graduates of the program. To learn more, contact the School of Medical Imaging via e-mail at or call 410-528-8208.

University of Milwaukee

The University of Milwaukees College of Health Sciences offers a four-year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography following its recent approval for an association with the University of Milwaukee Hospital and Clinics (UMHC). A minimum of four semesters of pre-clinical coursework precedes two years of clinical training in this baccalaureate program.

After completion of this degree and subsequent certification, graduates are able to enter the field performing exams and providing images utilizing the diagnostic ultrasound techniques or those methods using high-frequency sound waves they have learned. For more information, the University of Health Sciences can be reached at 414-229-2645 by phone or by e-mail at

These are just three of the many learning facilities across the country from which interested individuals may obtain qualified diagnostic ultrasound certification training. When searching on the Internet, both accredited and non-accredited organizations are plentiful.

It is recommended that although accreditation by a nationally recognized medical entity is not currently required to receive eligibility to sit for certification exams, laws may soon change. So when considering where to get your schooling for this specialized type of medical training, it is wise to keep this in mind.

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