Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.
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The academic requirements for specific STEM career tracks vary as much as the disciplines. For some fields, an advanced degree is a must, but for others, it depends on your career goals. Whatever your path, here is a summary of the degree options available to you along the way.
High School Endorsement
Every Texas ninth-grade student is required to choose one of five endorsements as a focus of study–a broad area of interest that guides course selection throughout high school. You’ll find the endorsement requirement in schools and school districts across Texas, but the specifications might vary slightly. Learn more about the implementation of endorsements in the Dallas Independent School District on the DISD website.
Certificate programs are typically offered through community colleges, junior colleges or online providers. Varying in length from a semester to about two years, certificates provide highly specialized, career-focused training and skill development.
Associate Degree Entry Level Degree
An associate degree is usually awarded following completion of approximately 20 post-secondary college-level courses. Depending on your goals, you may choose a terminal associate degree or a transferable degree. The terminal degree prepares you for a career following graduation, and the transferable associate degree serves as valuable preparation for your transition into a bachelor’s degree program.
A bachelor’s degree is most commonly awarded following four years of post-secondary, college-level study. Offered by four-year colleges and universities, the bachelor’s is the standard for entry into many careers. It is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular field, as well as a well-rounded education. Academically, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for a master’s degree – that can offer even more career advancement opportunities.
Schools that offer one or more of these degrees:
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