Ultrasounds are most popularly used to examine how a woman’s pregnancy is progressing, including to determine the due date, the sex of the fetus, and whether or not the baby’s development is occurring normally. However, ultrasounds are also employed to examine adult patients’ internal structures such as organs. Because ultrasounds do not, unlike x-rays, exposes patients to radiation, they are growing in popularity for examining the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and other organs. Ultrasonic imaging is also used by veterinarians. It is therefore increasingly important for medical professionals to become trained in the use of these devices.
Fortunately, there are many sonography schools in Texas that can help students to master the technology. Currently, there are over 3,400 ultrasound technicians employed in the state of Texas, with a large number being in Houston (over 850) and Dallas (over 600).
In 2010, the average salary for an ultrasound technician in Houston exceeded $61,000 a year. There are four schools in and around Houston that offer Ultrasound Technology Certificates and one that offers an associate’s degree.
The Academy of Healthcare Professions in Houston at Northwest Mall offers both certification and an associate’s degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. The schools 82-credit degree program is offered at both its Austin and Houston campuses. Certification programs are also available at the Houston Community College, The Sanford-Brown College in Houston on Richmond, Alvin Community College (in Alvin), and the Lone Star College System (in Woodlands).
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Dallas, TX
In 2010, the average salary for an ultrasound technician in Dallas exceeded $65,000 a year. There are two accredited schools in Dallas that offer ultrasound technician programs and certification: Sanford-Brown College and El Centro College. El Centro is the largest of the two, and it offers both certification and an associate’s degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. Sanford-Brown offers only certification. Budget about $9,000-$10,000 a year for tuition, books, and supplies.
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Other Diagnostic Medical Sonography Schools in Texas
There are at least fourteen additional sonography schools in the state of Texas. San Antonio, which employs approximately 250 sonographers, has the largest number of such schools, with the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions, Sanford-Brown College in San Antonio, St. Philips College, and The Academy of Health Care Professions. Midland College in Midland also offers a certification program, as does Tyler Junior College in Tyler. Waco’s McLennan Community College offers certification and associates degree programs in the related electroneurodiagnostic technician field. Associate programs in diagnostic medical sonography are available in Austin through Austin Community College District and Virginia-College Austin. Other Texas sonography schools include the Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and El Paso Community College in El Paso.
Medical Sonography Classes in Texas
|The University of Texas at Austin (UT)||2400 Inner Campus Drive |
Austin, Texas 78712
|University of North Texas (UNT)||1501 W.Chestnut Ave. |
Denton, Texas 76203
|Texas State University - San Marcos (TxSt)||601 University Dr |
San Marcos, Texas 78666
|University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)||500 W. University Ave |
El Paso, Texas 79968
|Academy of Health Care Professions||6505 Airport Blvd, Suite 102 |
Austin, Texas 78752
|The College of Health Care Professions||240 Northwest Mall |
Houston, Texas 77092
|The College of Health Care Professions||4738 N. W. Loop 410 |
San Antonio, Texas 78229
|Virginia College-Austin||6301 E Highway 290 |
Austin, Texas 78723
|Southwest Career College||1414 Geronimo |
El Paso, Texas 79925
|Baptist Health System School of Health Professions||8400 Datapoint Dr |
San Antonio, Texas 78229
|The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB)||80 Fort Brown |
Brownsville, Texas 78520
|Sanford-Brown College-Houston||9999 Richmond Ave. |
Houston, Texas 77042
|Angelina College||3500 South First |
Lufkin, Texas 75902
|Sanford-Brown College-Dallas||1250 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 150 |
Dallas, Texas 75247
|Temple College||2600 S 1st St |
Temple, Texas 76504
|Tyler Junior College||1400 East Fifth Street |
Tyler, Texas 75701
|El Paso Community College||9050 Viscount Blvd |
El Paso, Texas 79925
|El Centro College||801 Main Street |
Dallas, Texas 75202
|Lamar Institute of Technology||855 E Lavaca |
Beaumont, Texas 77705
|Houston Community College||3100 Main Street |
Houston, Texas 77002
|Hill College||112 Lamar Dr |
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
|Del Mar College||101 Baldwin Blvd. |
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
|Cardiotech Ultrasound School||12135 Bissonnet Ste E |
Houston, Texas 77099
|Weatherford College||225 College Park Drive |
Weatherford, Texas 76086
|St Philip's College||1801 Martin Luther King Dr |
San Antonio, Texas 78203
|Alvin Community College||3110 Mustang Rd |
Alvin, Texas 77511
|Lone Star College System||5000 Research Forest Drive |
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
|Sanford-Brown College-San Antonio||4511 Horizon Hill Boulevard, Suite 300 |
San Antonio, Texas 78229
|Midland College||3600 N Garfield |
Midland, Texas 79705
|Austin Community College District||5930 Middle Fiskville Rd |
Austin, Texas 78752
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||7000 Fannin |
Houston, Texas 77030
|The University of Texas Medical Branch||301 University Blvd |
Galveston, Texas 77555
|Lone Star College-Cy Fair||9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress 77433||www.lonestar.edu|
|Harris Health System – Houston||9250 Kirby Suite 1800, Houston 77054||www.hchdonline.com|
|Houston Community College System||1900 Pressler Street, Houston 77030||coleman.hccs.edu/dmso|