A.S. in Ultrasound Technology Program

A.S. in Ultrasound Technology Program

Program Overview

Gurnick Ultrasound Technology graduates join an in-demand career in the growing healthcare field. Ultrasound Technologists, or Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, work closely with the radiologists to perform diagnostic imaging exams. Sonographers prepare and maintain equipment, operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images, analyze diagnostic information, and prepare patients for procedures. 

Our program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with specialization in general sonography. The program includes didactic and laboratory training, as well as clinical experiences that correlate with the theoretical education. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts considers clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Accordingly, students are rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities while attending our ultrasound technology school.

Course Brochure

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Program Fees
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Books $300.00
Personal Tablet w/Keyboard Fee (non-refundable)$750.00
Tuition Fee$53,016.92
Total Cost$54,166.92

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To train students to be professional and competent diagnostic medical sonographers in the medical imaging community.
  2. To develop interpersonal skills in communicating and interacting with patients of all generations, cultures and medical conditions.
  3. To develop interpersonal skills in communicating and interacting with medical and administrative personnel in the medical imaging setting.
  4. To teach students about using ultrasound to produce an image from the human body so they can contribute to the diagnosis of disease.
  5. To teach students the necessary skills needed for proper patient care.
  6. To ensure that students will have the ability to produce quality diagnostic images with the required information contributing to the diagnostic process.
  7. To provide students with knowledge, clinical skills, problem solving abilities, and interpersonal skills to practice in the profession of sonography.
  8. To prepare students to pass ARDMS, ARRT(S) and RVT certification exam.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course NumberTitleClock HoursQuarter Credit Hours
GE 001Biology Basics45.04.5
This course is an introduction to major biological molecules, cell structure and function for both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, cell cycle, genetics, sexual and asexual reproduction, bioenergetics, cell communication and signaling. This is a General Education Course.
GE 021Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology66.06.5
In both the lecture and the lab, the essential basics of structures and functions of the human body systems will be discussed. Topics on all individual major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease, focusing mainly on structures. Various clinical implications and possible deviations from norm of each organ system will be brought up throughout the course. This is a General Education Course.
GE 112Algebra I45.04.5
This course is designed to give students the math skills that provide a foundation for more advanced courses. Students will explore writing and solving linear and nonlinear equations, powers and exponents, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, graphing and solving linear inequalities, and functions. This is a General Education Course.
GE 110Critical Thinking 45.04.5
This course teaches students the skills they need in order to think for themselves—skills they will call upon in this course, in other college courses, and in the world that awaits. This course covers the core concepts with real-world examples and practice exercises. This is a General Education Course.
GE 201Introduction to Sociology45.04.5
This course includes the study of basic methods and concepts of sociology, which have broad academic relevance, and which can be applied to the study of sociology as well other academic disciplines. This is a General Education Course.
UT 201Sectional Anatomy48.04.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Anatomy & Physiology.
Cross-sectional and sagittal human anatomy as seen on sonograms as well as other imaging modalities will be reviewed. Students will be able to find and recognize different organs, muscle, vessels, and other body parts in their relationship to each other. An interactive computer program will be used as a teaching tool.
UT 200Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation62.06.0
Prerequisite: Admission to Ultrasound technology program at Gurnick Academy.
This course teaches the fundamentals of ultrasound physics and instrumentation. The material is presented with the purpose to educate the student on the needed skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding of the ultrasound machine. It is also with the purpose of preparing the student for the SPI exam with the ARDMS. Lectures will have assigned exercises to be completed by the end of class.
UT 301Patient Care for Ultrasound Professional12.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module III UT didactic or laboratory courses.
This course includes basic principles of patient care for the ultrasound professional. The student will learn patient’s privacy rights (HIPAA), professional ethics, legal considerations, communication processes with accent on patient education, cultural differences, dealing with communication situations, and coverage of ultrasound regulations. Safety, ergonomics, infection control, aseptic techniques, patient assessment and assistance, which include interaction with patients who have tubes, catheters, vascular access lines and dressings are a major component of this course. In addition, students will be exposed to patient care in critical or emergency situations such as changes in patient status, dealing with patients undergoing altered level of consciousness, shock and diabetic emergencies. This is a practical course of integrated patint care into clinical and hospital settings for ultrasound professionals.
UT 302Abdominal Sonography 184.08.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module III UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Abdominal Sonography 1 is an introduction to the anatomy and basic protocols that pertain to ultrasound examinations of the abdominal organs. This course establishes foundations for scanning techniques, protocols and variations in patient’s body habitus. Students will gain an understanding of the role a sonographer plays in the diagnoses of diseases of the abdominal organs by understanding what is the criteria for “normal”.
UT 302LLaboratory Abdominal Sonography 184.04.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module III UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Laboratory Abdominal Sonography 1 is concurrent with the lecture portion of abdominal sonography 1. Students will practice the protocols and scanning techniques within the lab. This course will set the foundation of protocols so students can build on them with advanced techniques taught in other courses.
UT 303Small Parts Sonography 138.03.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module III UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Small Parts Sonography 1 course covers complete breast sonography and the basics of thyroid, parathyroid, neck glands, scrotum and prostate sonography. Students will learn the basic normal anatomy, scanning techniques and expectations of a sonographer when performing these exams.
UT 303LLaboratory Small Parts Sonography 112.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module III UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Laboratory Small Parts Sonography 1 course covers the basics of thyroid, parathyroid, neck glands, and scrotum sonography. Students will also learn proper annotation in regards to breast sonography. Students will be learn the basic normal anatomy, scanning techniques and expectations of a sonographer when performing these exams. Patient care skills will be taught. There is a scrotal phantom in the lab that students can use to scan. This will enable them to practice scanning techniques and recognize pathology.
UT 402Abdominal Sonography 270.07.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Abdominal Sonography 2 is a progression of UT 302-Abdominal Sonography 1. This course builds on the foundations set in the instruction process of protocols and scanning techniques. The students will learn additional anatomy pertinent to sonographic imaging along with skills in the diagnostic process. The common disease processes of each organ will be covered with the instruction of what and how to identify and present suspected diseases and disease processes using other diagnostic tools such as patient history, lab results and correlation with other imaging modalities. Doppler of the abdominal vessels will be taught as a tool to discover and prove disease processes of organs.
UT 402LLaboratory Abdominal Sonography 270.03.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
This course builds on the foundations set in the instruction process of protocols and scanning techniques. The students will learn additional anatomy pertinent to sonographic imaging along with skills in the diagnostic process. The common disease processes of each organ will be covered with the instruction of how to identify and present suspected diseases using other diagnostic tools such as patient history, lab results and correlation with other modalities. Doppler of the abdominal vessels will be taught as a tool to discover and prove disease processes of certain organs.
UT 403LLaboratory Small Parts Sonography 212.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
UT 403L Laboratory Small Parts 2 focuses on advanced scanning techniques of the thyroid and scrotum. Doppler evaluation will be covered along with its use in the diagnosis of multiple disease processes. A scrotal phantom and a simulator is used in the lab to practice protocols and recognize pathology.
UT 403Small Parts Sonography 212.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Small Parts Sonography 2 focuses on the common diseases that affect the thyroid, scrotum and prostate. Students will learn how to correlate lab tests and other modalities to assist the physicians in a correct diagnosis along with ultrasound imaging. Students will learn how to present normal vs abnormal and what is required when writing a report and filling out a diagram. Interventional procedures such as biopsies and brachytherapy will be covered and ultrasound’s role with each exam. Patient care techniques will be addressed with each type of exam.
UT 405Neonatal Sonography48.04.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
Neonatal sonography covers the exams required of sonographers of the neonatal patient. Neonatal brain sonography, lumbar spine sonography and infant hip joint sonography will be the main focus. Students will learn the normal and abnormal findings as well as patient care of the premature patient.
UT 406Pediatric Sonography30.03.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II, and III courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module IV UT didactic or laboratory courses.
UT 406 covers the disease processes specific to the abdominal pediatric patient. Students will already have knowledge of the basic anatomy and physiology of the abdomen and be able to recognize and present abnormalities. Patient care techniques with the pediatric patient will be covered along with protocols and scanning techniques.
UT X01Clinical 1192.06.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1,2, 3 and 4 courses and concurrent enrollment in Module 5 or Completion of Modules 1,2, 5 and 6 courses and concurrent enrollment in Module 3.
UT X01 is twelve weeks of Level 1 internship which is integrated within UT Module 5 or 3 depending on the when students started technical portion of the program. Internship expectations will vary as to the internship site assignment for each student. This provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to perform correct protocols and acquire effective diagnostic information on patients is evidenced by meeting specific objectives in each clinical specialty area. Students will be given a Level 1 competency sheet to be signed off by clinical instructors by the end of Module 5/3.
UT 504A LLaboratory Vascular Sonography 120.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course will review Doppler sonography within the lab setting. Students will learn techniques and skills for the optimization of the vascular examination. Laboratory Vascular 1 focuses on the lower extremity venous and arterial system protocols. Indirect assessment of the arteries will also be introduced and taught with the lab’s ABI machine. This will introduce and prepare students for studies for deep vein thrombosis and peripheral vascular disease.
UT 504AVascular Sonography 120.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Students will learn vascular terminology and advanced vascular physical principles. Anatomy and hemodynamic characteristics of the arteries and veins of the lower extremities will be the main focus of this course. Scanning techniques and protocols will be taught as well as challenges in the clinical setting.
UT 504B LLaboratory Vascular Sonography 225.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Upper extremity venous and arterial protocols will be demonstrated, practiced and evaluated. Students will learn scanning techniques of required anatomy and what is required to prove normal vs abnormal.
UT 504BVascular Sonography 220.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Upper extremity arterial and venous vascular protocols are the main focus of this course. Vascular hemodynamics and physical principles are reviewed and practiced. Scanning skills and Techniques are taught for the purpose of recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy and disease (and disease processes) of the upper extremity.
UT 507AGynecology 120.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This module is an introduction to gynecology sonography. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the female pelvis along with embryology and congenital anomalies.
UT 507BGynecology 256.05.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course will cover the pathology found during gynecologic ultrasound examinations. Students will learn sonographic features of malignant and benign disease processes including required correlation with clinical, laboratory and pathologic findings.
UT 507LLaboratory Gynecology Sonography36.01.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This module covers protocols for sonography of the female pelvis. Students will learn the basic protocol along with the Doppler portions included in most facility protocols. Students will understand why images are needed along with patient care components such as communication skills and transvaginal sonography techniques and disinfection requirements.
UT 508MSK Sonography 140.04.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course is a basic introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle. Scanning techniques will be covered as well as specifics to MSK scanning in sonography.
UT 508LLaboratory MSK Sonography 140.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Module I and II courses with C or better are required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module V UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Students will scan normal MSK anatomy and acquire the skills and techniques needed to present normal structures with ultrasound.
UT X02Clinical 2192.06.0
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1,2, 3, 4 and 5 or Completion of Modules 1,2, 5, 6 and 3. UT X02 is twelve weeks of internship which are integrated with UT Module 6 or Module 4.
Internship schedules will vary as to the internship site assignment for each student which provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to perform correct protocols and effective diagnostic information to patients is evidenced by meeting specific l objectives in each clinical area. The student's progress is documented on the student's Clinical Progress Sheet. Lack of satisfactory performance is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. A detailed quarterly clinical evaluation is performed on each student with full faculty participation. Clinical areas for this quarter will be primarily patient care techniques and skills with students assigned to specialty areas.
UT 604A LLaboratory Vascular Sonography 320.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Extracranial Doppler will be the focus of this course, primarily carotid artery ultrasound exams. Students will learn to Doppler velocities and create ratios that determine normal vs abnormal flow. Students will learn carotid protocols and scanning techniques with the goal of being able to perform the complete exam in 45 minutes.
UT 604AVascular Sonography 325.02.5
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course covers extra cranial sonography and the protocols and scanning techniques required for diagnostic exams.
UT 604BVascular Sonography 420.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course will continue to build upon the knowledge of vascular sonography. Bypass evaluations and stents will be extensively covered as well as contrast agents and non-atherosclerotic arterial pathology. Venous valve insufficiency studies will be taught and practiced in the laboratory. Quality Assurance statistics will be taught for preparation for the RVT exam.
UT 604B LLaboratory Vascular Sonography 420.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Students will be introduced to venous valve insufficiency anatomy and protocols as well as interventional vascular sonography, stent placements, contrast Medias and quality assurance protocols.
UT 608MSK Sonography 240.04.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Students will learn to recognize abnormalities in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle. Writing reports will be covered and how to present normal and abnormal exams.
UT 608LLaboratory MSK Sonography 240.02.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
Students will learn to enhance their MSK scanning skills as well as how to present exams, correlate with other modalities and write reports.
UT 609AObstetric Sonography 132.03.0
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course covers the first trimester pregnancy. Students will learn the indications for an OB first trimester sonogram along with the sonographic findings of normal vs abnormal.
UT 609BObstetric Sonography 268.06.5
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course covers the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Students will learn the correct protocols for each trimester including biometric measurements, required organs, amniotic fluid volume, placenta grade and position, number of pregnancies and lung maturity. Students will learn to use biometric parameters and be able to determine fetal dating. Various anomalies will be covered and protocols to follow if abnormalities are detected. Students will be introduced to biophysical profiles and recognition of intrauterine growth retardation.
UT 620AMaster Scanning Lab Extracranial Vascular Duplex Exam8.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of modules I, II and V are required with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module VI UT didactic and laboratory courses.
This course provides the learner with an overview of duplex imaging of the Cerebrovascular System including Vertebral and Subclavian arteries for the evaluation of Cerebrovascular Disease. Course study includes normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indications for exam, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, sonographic techniques (black and white conventional and color Doppler) and examples of various carotid, vertebral and Subclavian artery diseases. Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 701Clinical 3288.09.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1,2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as Clinical 1 and 2.
UT-701 is twelve weeks of internship at level 3. Internship schedules will vary as to the internship site assignment for each student which provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to perform correct protocols and effective diagnostic information on patients is evidenced by meeting specific objectives in each clinical area. The student's progress is documented on the student's Clinical Progress Sheet. Lack of satisfactory performance is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. A detailed quarterly clinical evaluation is performed on each student with full faculty participation. Students will be given a level 3 competency worksheet that must be completed by the end of the quarter. Clinical areas for this quarter will be primarily patient care techniques and skills with students assigned to specialty areas.
UT 720BMaster Scanning Lab Lower Extremity Venous Exam8.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules I-VI courses with C or better is required.
This course provides the learner with an overview of duplex imaging of the venous system in the lower extremity for the evaluation of Superficial and Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). Areas covered include normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indications, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color Doppler). Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 720CMaster Scanning Lab Lower Extremity Arterial Exam8.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules I- VI courses with C or better is required.
This course provides the learner with an overview of duplex imaging of the lower extremity arterial system (native and graft) for the evaluation of peripheral vascular disease (PAD). Areas covered include overview of (PAD), normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indications, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color/power Doppler). Normal and abnormal criteria will be reviewed to classify the severity of peripheral arterial disease. Evaluation of bypass grafts will be discussed. Examples of lower extremity arterial disease will be shown to familiarize the learner with common pathologies seen when performing duplex mapping of lower extremity arteries. Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 720DMaster Scanning Lab Upper Extremity Venous Exam8.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules I- VI courses with C or better is required.
This course provides the learner with an overview of duplex imaging of the venous system in the upper extremity for the evaluation of Superficial and Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). Areas covered include normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indications, predisposing factors, types and categories of venous thrombosis, PICC lines, pacemaker leads, stents, ancillary findings, pitfalls, limitations, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color/power Doppler). Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 801Clinical 4288.09.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 as well as Clinical 1, 2 and 3.
UT 801 is twelve weeks of internship. Internship schedules will vary as to the internship site assignment for each student which provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to perform correct protocols and effective diagnostic information on patients is evidenced by meeting specific objectives in each clinical area. The student's progress is documented on the student's Clinical Progress Sheet. Lack of satisfactory performance is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. A detailed quarterly clinical evaluation is performed on each student with full faculty participation. Clinical areas for this quarter will concentrate on the advanced sonography student who can perform exams with little supervision.
UT 820EMaster Scanning Lab Duplex Evaluation of the Portal Venous System for Portal Hypertension8.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and Clinical 1, 2 and 3.
This course provides the learner with an overview of duplex imaging of the portal, splenic, hepatic, and mesenteric vessels in the abdomen for the evaluation of Portal Hypertension, Portal Vein Thrombosis, Budd Chiari Syndrome and Transjugular Portosystemic Shunt malfunction. Areas covered include normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indications, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color/power Doppler). Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 820FMaster Scanning Lab Lower Extremity Venous Valve Insufficiency Duplex Exam 18.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and Clinical 1, 2 and 3.
The one-day Basic Ultrasound Course provides the student with an overview of anatomy, pathology and duplex imaging of the venous system of the lower extremity for the evaluation of deep, superficial and perforator incompetency in patients with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Areas covered include normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indication, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color doppler). Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
UT 820GMaster Scanning Lab Lower Extremity Venous Valve Insufficiency Duplex Exam 28.00.5
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Clinical 1, 2 and 3.
This is the advanced portion of the Lower Extremity Venous Valve Insufficiency Course. The student will receive an advanced overview of anatomy, pathology and duplex imaging of the venous system of the lower extremity for the evaluation of deep, superficial and perforator incompetency in patients with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Areas covered include normal and abnormal cross section anatomy, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, clinical signs and symptoms, indication, definition of terms, scanning protocol, instrumentation, and sonographic technique (black and white conventional and color Doppler). In addition to the review portion will be instruction as to assisting vascular surgeons with the reparative process of varicose veins. Clinical hands-on training integrated with didactic instruction is the primary focus of this program.
Total2,386.0149.0

Program Information, Length and Schedule

The program information, length and schedule may change. Make sure to read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Ultrasound Technology Program has a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks, journals, anatomical charts, and models in addition to e-library resources. The scan laboratory is equipped with ultrasound machines and an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) machine.

The Ultrasound Technology Program is an Associate of Science Degree program. The student will receive didactic and internship education in abdominal sonography, small parts, obstetrics and gynecology, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, musculoskeletal (MSK), pediatric, neonatal, patient care and vascular sonography which with will be combined with General Education courses. Instructor to student ratio is 1:30 in lecture and 1:10 in laboratory and 1:1 during internship.

The program consists of 8 modules of 12 weeks each. During the 1st module (12 weeks) of the program, students will be taking General Education courses up to 24 hours per week via online delivery. During 2nd module (12 weeks), students will continue to take General Education courses online up to 24 hours per week for the first 7 weeks. The last 5 weeks of the 2nd module, students workload consists of on campus didactic/lab sessions which include up to three days per week of six (6) hours per day instructions.

The next 2 modules (Module 3 and 4 or Module 5 and 6 depending on the module sequence) consist of on campus didactic/lab sessions only, which include three days per week of up to eight hours per day didactic instruction. After completing 4 modules, students are generally expected to start attending internship two days per week up to 8 hours per day and continue to attend didactic/lab sessions on campus three days per week up to 8 hours per day. The last 2 modules of the program students attend internships only for three to four days per week in addition to attending Master Scanning Lab courses once a month on days to be announced on a separate schedule.

The student receives one thousand four hundred and twenty six (1,426) hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and nine hundred and sixty (960) hours of clinical education, allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use. The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. In addition, the program prepares students to take their ARDMS examinations. Upon completion of the program, an Associate of Science Degree in Ultrasound Technology is awarded. Normal completion time for this program is 96 weeks excluding any holiday and vacation times. In order to ensure program completion is on time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled on an alternate day of the week (i.e: Sunday through Saturday).

Additional Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:
General Admission Requirements for all Programs

Applicants must:  

  1. Submit – for applicants requesting credit granting for some/all General Education courses – original transcripts from the Registrar at an educational institution. Copies are not accepted. All coursework must be successfully completed and given a grade of at least a “C”. Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory must be completed within the last 5 years. All credit granting is subject to the approval from the Program Director or Program Coordinator. Please allow 7 days for review.
  2. Complete the Distance Education Questionnaire.
  3. Submit 2 letters of reference. The letters must be current, typed, dated, and signed. The references can be from a current supervisor, employer, and science or math teacher of a post-secondary institution.
  4. Submit a one-page essay in APA Format that includes:
    1. Statement of why you want to join the modality.
    2. The essential functions and role of a Technologist in this field.
    3. Preparation to become successful in this program
    4. Sources used to prepare for the essay.
  5. Pass an admission interview with the Program Director and designees.

A.S. in UT Admission Point System

Applicants are deemed qualified on a point system. The highest ranked (above a minimum) will be offered seats in the program. The following point system is used to evaluate each applicant showing the maximum score achievable.

I. Admissions Exam
SLE50
Post-Secondary Education
Associate Degree10
Baccalaureate Degree20
Graduate/Master's Degree30
Post-Graduate/Doctoral Degree40
III. Academic Achievement: College Level Courses & High School AP Courses
A. Overall GPA
GPA 3.05
GPA 3.510
GPA 3.915
B. Math and Science GPA
GPA 3.020
GPA 3.530
GPA 3.935
IV. One-Page Resume (required)0
V. Essay - One-Page, APA Format50
Essay will include:
Statement of why you want to join this modality
The essential functions and role of a Technologist in this field
Preparation to become successful in this program
Sources used to prepare for the essay
VI. Health Care Background
1-3 Years10
More than 3 Years20
VII. Reapplication (having completed reapplication requirements)20
VIII. Personal Interview120
5 Interview Questions
Appearance and Demeanor
Communication Skills
Maturity
Overall Impression
IX. Evaluation from the Office of Admissions50

Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students are required to be rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities, while attending our ultrasound technician school.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about  Financial Assistance.

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Certification for Sonography Professionals

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Salary and Job Outlook

Find more information about the median wages for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (Ultrasound Technicians) in San Francisco Bay Area in the Detailed Guide for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Detailed Guide for Sonographers in California is presented here.

Opportunities should be favorable because sonography is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to radiologic procedures, as patients seek safer treatment methods. Unlike most diagnostic imaging methods, sonography does not involve radiation, so harmful side effects and complications from repeated use are rarer for both the patient and the sonographer. Sonographic technology is expected to evolve rapidly and to spawn many new sonography procedures, such as 3D-sonography for use in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis. However, high costs may limit the rate at which some promising new technologies are adopted.

Hospitals will remain the principal employer of ultrasound technicians. However, employment is expected to grow more rapidly in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you offer night classes?

A: 

No.

Q: Once I graduate from the program, will I be getting a degree or diploma?

A: 

AS in UT program is an Associate of Science degree program.

Q: Do I have to pass any exams after I finish the program in order to work as an Ultrasound Technologist?

A: 

Please find more info in Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer policy in our Catalog and Addendum.

Q: Will the program prepare me to pass the ARDMS and ARRT exams?

A: 

Yes. One of the Program Goals is to prepare students to pass the ARDMS, ARRT(S) and RVT certification exam upon graduation. ARDMS and ARRT(S) tests preparation is strongly emphasized throughout our students’ entire curriculum at Gurnick Academy.

Q: How can I get more information about ARRT exam?

A: 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information about this organization and certification exams.

Q:

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You can fill out our online contact form to have information mailed to you or to have a school representative contact you. Click here to do so. Or you simply call us at 1-877-GURNICK.

Q: I have a foreign degree/diploma. Do I need to have it evaluated?

A: 

Yes, please find more info in Foreign Transcript/Diploma Evaluations policy in Catalog and Addendum.

Q: What is the SLE exam and how can I prepare for it?

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Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.

Q: What if I don't pass the SLE exam?

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To qualify for the A.S. in Ultrasound Technology program, you must pass the exam. Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.

Q: What does the entrance exam consist of?

A: 

Click on the link for more info: SLE exam.

Q: I have a medical degree. Am I still required to take the entrance exam?

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Yes. All applicants regardless of degree or background must pass the entrance exam prior to admission into the program.

Q: Are there any prerequisite classes I need to take before I start the program?

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No. You don’t need to take any prerequisite courses.

Q: Is the A.S. in UT program accredited?

A: 

Click on the link to learn more about Accreditation.

Q: Is it a full time program?

A: 

Yes.

Q: Do you offer night classes?

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No.

Q: Are there any breaks within the school year?

A: 

Click on the link for more information: Academic Calendar.

Q: What happens if I fail the module? Will I be expelled from the program?

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Please find more info about Remediation in our Catalog and Addendum.

Q: Where can I find more details about the program and admissions?

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More information can be provided by contacting the Admissions Department.

Q: Do I have to find my own internship?

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No, an internship will be provided for all of our students.

Q: Are the internships paid positions?

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No, all internships are unpaid.

Q: Can I obtain financial aid?

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Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts participates in various federal and state student financial assistance programs. Please see the Financial Aid section for more information.

Q: Once I graduate from the program, will I be getting a degree or diploma?

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A.S. in UT program is an Associate of Science degree program.

Q: Do I have to pass any exams after I finish the program in order to work as an Ultrasound Technologist?

A: 

Please find more info in Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer policy in our Catalog and Addendum.

Q: Will the program prepare me to pass the ARDMS and ARRT exams?

A: 

Yes. One of the Program Goals is to prepare students to pass the ARDMS, ARRT(S) and RVT certification exam upon graduation. ARDMS and ARRT(S) tests preparation is strongly emphasized throughout our students’ entire curriculum at Gurnick Academy.

Q: How can I get more information about ARRT exam?

A: 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information about this organization and certification exam.

Q: Do you offer job placement?

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We may assist with job placements for all students who successfully complete the program. However, we cannot guarantee employment.

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Programs. Ultrasound Technology Program is offered at our San Mateo, Sacramento, & Fresno Campuses. Let us share with you some facts:

  • Most of San Mateo Campus students are from Fremont, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward as well as nearby smaller/larger Bay Area cities.
  • According to our statistical data more than 25% ultrasound students are from: Danville, Daly City, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Leandro, San Ramon and Sunnyvale.
  • Students from Foster City, Menlo Park, Newark, Milpitas, Pacifica, San Bruno, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Union City, Vallejo, Walnut Creek and other nearby locations combine 32% of our student population.
  • Most of our Sacramento Campus students are from Sacramento, Napa, Davis, Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove, Woodland, Citrus Heights, Rocklin, Wilton, Pleasant Grove.
  • According to our statistical data more than 17% our students are from: Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, North Highlands, Riverview, Webster, Rio Linda.
  • Students from Beatrice, Kiesel, Fremont, Plymouth, Rancho Murieta and other nearby locations combine 16% of our student population.
  • Most of our Fresno Campus students are from Clovis, Fresno, Hanford, Madera and Selma, California.
  • According to our statistical data more than 5% our students are from: Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Sanger, Tulare and Visalia

Available at the Following Campuses

San Mateo

06 Jan

Start Date


Sacramento

06 Jan

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Fresno

06 Jan

Start Date


Program Length & Schedule

96 Weeks

2,386 hours / 149 quarter credit hours

8 modules

Internship

960 hours of clinical training in affiliated medical facilities

Clinical/Internship Sessions Schedule

weekdays (during regular business hours)

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