Ultrasound Technician Associate of Applied Science

Have you graduated from our Ultrasound Technician program? Would you like to strengthen your skills and pursue a more advanced career? High Desert Medical College offers an Ultrasound Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree (UT AAS) program.

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. Build on your Ultrasound Technician diploma by adding General Education and science courses – 100% online, and get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career.

High Desert Medical College utilizes SonoSim technology in the Ultrasound Technician programs. The SonoSim Ultrasound Training Solution offers state-of-the-art educational modules that complement students’ training by providing remote hands-on ultrasound training, real-patient scanning cases and pathologies, didactic instruction, and assessment.

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The UT AAS program is designed to enable students to develop enhanced critical thinking skills, greater scientific knowledge, and quality verbal/written communication skills, becoming more well rounded professionals and more qualified job candidates.

The UT AAS program has a hybrid-online format, combining theory coursework, hands-on training, and an externship in order to provide students with critical real-world experience. The UT AAS has a total program length of 108 weeks and builds on the Ultrasound Technician diploma by adding General Education and science courses which are offered 100% online.

Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science, Ultrasound Technician degree and will be prepared to immediately enter into entry-level positions in the field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in the Ultrasound Technology field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. The BLS projects the field of ultrasound technology will grow at a rate of 10% annually through 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. 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 may choose to specialize in a particular area, including Obstetric and Gynecologic, Abdominal, Echocardiography, Neuro-brain, Breast Sonography, or Vascular Technology.

UT AAS degree courses include:
    AAS Degree Courses:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • English Composition
  • American Government
  • Business Math
  • Critical Thinking
    UT Program Courses:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Physics
  • Ultrasound Laboratory
  • Abdomen, OBGYN and Vascular
  • Peripheral Vascular Sonography
  • Clinical Externship


  • Total UT AAS Program Length: 108 weeks (morning / afternoon classes) and 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
  • AAS Only Program Length: 3 terms/16 weeks each
  • Total Clock Hours: 525 (classroom: 435 + virtual and skills lab: 90)
  • Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science, Ultrasound Technician degree
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