Pima Medical Institute is now enrolling for its newly added Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the Phoenix campus. In approximately 22 months graduates can complete the program, earning their associate degree.
Diagnostic medical sonography students learn how to use ultrasound equipment to create images of internal body structures that doctors use to make a diagnosis. The career field was just recently named one of the top healthcare support jobs for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career field is projected to grow 24 percent.
“We are excited to bring the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program to Phoenix,” said Pima Medical Institute Phoenix Campus Director, Stacey Nottingham. “Based on our market research, the demand for qualified sonographers in the valley is high. Many of the hospitals and imaging centers that I visited shared that they are using nurses in place of qualified sonographers.”
Those who enter the career field may specialize in vascular, cardiac, obstetrics/gynecology, or general ultrasound. Diagnostic medical sonographers typically work in the hospital setting, while others work in doctor’s offices or medical and diagnostic laboratories. The career is completely hands-on with patients.
Pima Medical students study pathophysiology, ultrasound scanning techniques, patient care, medical communications and professional medical ethics. Before they graduate, students work in an externship, which gives them the opportunity to get experience at a place of employment. After they graduate, they are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Examinations.
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Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to providing students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 17 campuses as well as an extensive online curriculum.
The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.