Ultrasound Technician Associate of Applied Science

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the medical field? Would you like to learn how to use sophisticated and highly technical equipment? Ultrasound, also known as digital medical sonography, is on the leading edge of modern medicine. Earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Ultrasound Technician degree from High Desert Medical College and take your healthcare career to the next level!

Whether you have completed our Ultrasound Technician Certificate program, are on your way to completing it, or want to start the Ultrasound Technician AAS program from the beginning, we can help. With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 108 weeks!


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HDMC's Ultrasound Technician program provides critical theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills through a combination of coursework, clinical labs, and an Externship. Through access to the innovative SonoSim training technology and under the guidance of skilled faculty, HDMC students learn to use specialized equipment and are prepared for immediate entry-level positions in the field.

Students in the Ultrasound Technician program learn how to:

  • Verify patient history and health status
  • Operate ultrasound equipment, record and analyze findings in real time during the exam, and communicate findings with interpreting and referring physicians
  • Select and capture the best images, take measurements and make calculations
  • Evaluate tests and images relating to a patient’s condition
  • Communicate with patients and physicians as needed
  • Consult with medical professionals on patient results

    Career Highlights & Opportunity:
    Also known as digital medical sonography, ultrasound technology is used in healthcare to produce images of internal organs, soft tissue, and blood vessels, as well as to observe developing fetuses in the womb. Ultrasound Technicians are trained medical professionals who specialize in using this sophisticated equipment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in this field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. The field of ultrasound technology is projected to grow at a rate of 12% annually through 2029, adding approximately 15,600 new jobs to the economy. Many ultrasound technicians/ digital medical sonographers find positions in public and private hospitals; others work in private practices, physician offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and outpatient care centers. As an ultrasound technician, you can specialize in one or more of the following areas:
  • Obstetric and Gynecologic
  • Abdominal
  • Echocardiography
  • Neuro-brain
  • Breast sonography
  • Vascular technology

    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy, Physiology and Physics
    • Ultrasound Laboratory
    • Abdomen, OBGYN and Vascular
    • Externship
    • General Education
      The General Education (GE) courses for the Ultrasound Technician Associate of Applied Science (UT AAS) degree program are offered only in the Interactive Distant Learning (IDL) format only, while the core Ultrasound Technician courses will be taught on campus. Certificate program graduates, who hold a Certificate of Completion, Ultrasound Technician diploma, can complete the remaining GE portion of the UT AAS completely remotely.

  • Total Weeks in Program: 108 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes | 123 Weeks – Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 118.64
  • Total Clock Hours: 2,660
  • Classroom Hours: 1,220
  • Online Hours: 480
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 960
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Ultrasound Technician
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