Ultrasound technician schools in california (CA)


Sonographers work on the orders of a physician or radiologist. They are responsible for proper selection and preparation of the ultrasound equipment for each specific exam. They explain the procedure to the patients and assist them into the proper physical position so that the test may begin. Some of their other main duties include: updating patient records and evaluating potential equipment purchases,

Sonographers can be trained in the following specialties: abdomen, breast, echocardiography, neurosonology, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology and vascular technology.

California Sonographer Career Information

  • Average National Salary: $65,200
  • California Average Salary: $82,500
  • California Job Outlook : +22% (Favorable employment opportunities)
  • Popular employers: Public and private hospitals, followed by physician's offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and outpatient care centers.

All stats from BLS.gov

Education Programs

The typical education needed for entry into this field is an Associate's Degree which takes on average two years to complete. Sonography training programs can be found in hospitals, vocational-technical institutions, colleges and universities, or the armed forces. A Bachelor's Degree can also pursued which takes four years to complete but the two year Assoc. Degree is the most prevalent.

One-year programs are only recommended for those already working in the healthcare industry that wish to increase their marketability by training in sonography.

Some training programs prefer candidates with a background in science or experience in other healthcare professions, whilst others may consider high school graduates with courses in maths and science. It is worthwhile when doing your research to contact a number of colleges in your area and find out what their eligibility criteria is.

Coursework involved is: anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, basic physics, patient care and medical ethics.

Listed below are schools in California that offer ultrasound / sonography degrees.. As a rule of thumb you should contact more than one school during your research as criteria for admission can vary from one school to another.


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Other popular schools offering 2 year Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician programs are:

American Career College
3130 East Sedona Court
Ontario, CA 91764
(951) 739-0788

California College of Vocational Careers
1901 Chester Ave #201
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 323-6791

Carrington College California-Citrus Heights
7301 Greenback Lane-Ste A
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
(916) 722-8200

Casa Loma College-Van Nuys
6725 Kester Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 785-2726

Central California School
3195 McMillan Ste F
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-9123