The number of ultrasound technician schools in Texas has been growing in recent years as the application of ultrasound technology expands. Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technicians, employ sound wave imaging equipment (i.e. sonography) to diagnose medical conditions.
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.
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