This certificate is granted to those students who successfully complete the career curriculum that is Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Sonography, also called ultrasonography, is the use of sound waves to generate images for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. These detailed images provide views into the inner workings of the body. Sonographers must possess knowledge of anatomy, physiology, ultrasound instrumentation/physics and patient care.
Ultrasound is part of a rapidly expanding health care industry with excellent job opportunities. This profession is expected to grow even more as the population ages and physicians/patients seek alternate imaging procedures.
Graduates are immediately employed as staff sonographers, primarily in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers and physician's offices. Sonographers can also be considered for additional training in specialty areas such as vascular and echocardiography. Career opportunities also exist in administration, education, sales and marketing and applications training for sonographers with more advanced degrees.
The median salary for sonographers is $71,000.
* Source: www.ides.illinois.gov