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What is Sonography?

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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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

It’s all in the numbers. Choose your personal STEM path, and discover a multitude of possibilities. From certificate to doctorate and associate to graduate - learn more about creating your career in the world of STEM.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Educational Pathway

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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.

  • Required Education: vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree
  • Entry Level Degree: associate's degree
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    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.

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    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.

    Degrees available:
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    Schools that offer one or more of these degrees:
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      Dallas County Community College DistrictDallas, TX
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      Tarrant County CollegeFort Worth, TX
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    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.

    Degrees available:
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    Schools that offer one or more of these degrees:
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      Dallas County Community College DistrictDallas, TX
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      Collin CollegeMcKinney, TX
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      Tarrant County CollegeFort Worth, TX
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      Weatherford CollegeWeatherford, TX
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    Bachelor's Degree

    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. 

    Degrees available:
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    • Physics

    Schools that offer one or more of these degrees:
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      University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX
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      University of Texas at DallasRichardson, TX
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      Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, TX
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      Southwestern Adventist UniversityKeene, TX
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      Texas A&M CommerceCommerce, TX
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      Texas Christian UniversityFort Worth, TX
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      Texas Wesleyan UniversityFort Worth, TX
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      Texas Woman's UniversityDenton, TX
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    Graduate Certificate

    At the graduate level following completion of a bachelor’s degree, you may opt to pursue a specialized, short course to expand your post-graduate expertise.  This type of program usually produces a certificate called a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.).  Not considered a formal degree, the C.A.S. signifies completion of a structured graduate-level program of study.  Graduate certificates are available in both academic and professional specialties, and their availability is expanding. Popular career tracks include education, languages, linguistics, religious vocations, the social sciences and the health professions. Also included are financial credentials, such as certified public accountant (CPA) and actuarial certifications

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    Master's Degree

    A master's degree refers to post-graduate study pursued following completion of a bachelor’s degree. Though most programs are designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, they may take on a variety of structures and durations ? depending on the university, college and/or your level of ambition.  In many circumstances, the Master of Science (M.S.) leads to further doctoral study in research or professional fields.  A Master of Art (M.A.) is more frequently associated with a liberal arts course of study. 

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    Doctorate Degree

    The doctorate is the highest level academic degree conferred by a four-year college or university following completion of master’s degree-level requirements. Awarded across a spectrum of subjects and fields of research, some of the most common are the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), the Doctor of Chemistry (D.Chem.), and the Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.), as well as professional doctorates. Examples include Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.).