Frequently Asked Questions
How is the job market?
Demand for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is extremely strong in and around the Houston and Gulf Coast Region. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010 as the population grows and ages, thus increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. Sonographic technology is expected to advance rapidly in the next decade with many new ultrasound procedures, thus producing a higher demand for sonographers.
What is the starting salary and earning potential for this field?
A new graduate seeking employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer can expect to earn nearly $20 per hour.
How can I get started?
Students interested in diagnostic medical sonography should have a high school diploma or an equivalent, and must be at college level in Math, Reading, and Writing. Prior medical experience, training, or licensure is helpful to applicants. Students must complete the following courses prior to taking the first DMSO course in the AAS degree. However, priority is given to students who have completed these courses before the application deadline.
- MATH 1314 - College Algebra
- PHYS 1410 - Elementary Physics
- BIOL 2401 - Human A&P I
- BIOL 2402 - Human A&P II
- Humanities/Fine arts elective (Located in Lone Star College System catalog)
- ITSC/COSC 1401 - Intro to Computers
- SOCI 1301 - Intro to Sociology
How will I be trained in Sonography at Lone Star College–CyFair?
- Hands-on experience in local medical facilities.
- Hands-on training in state-of-the-art campus laboratory.
- Interactive lectures, discussions and coursework.
What can I expect to do with this certificate/degree?
In your role as a sonographer you will:
- Perform diagnostic medical exams that consists of:
Abdominal, OB/GYN, and Vascular procedures.
- Assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in carrying out a patient’s treatment plan.
- Observe patients conditions and assess symptoms.
- Care for people of all ages from new born to the elderly in a variety of settings.
Can I work while taking classes?
While taking sonography courses, students are encouraged to limit employment to no more than 20 hours per week. Sonography students on average devote 40 hours a week to their studies.
What kind of financial aid can I apply for?
The Lone Star College System website contains many valuable links to sources of financial aid on-line by looking under the category Prospective Students. Students can apply for state and national grants and loans by completing the FAFSA form on-line (www.fafsa.ed.gov), or pick up a hard copy in the financial aid office. Financial aid advisors are available to assist students with financial aid applications. Also, scholarships for students entering the health professions are often available through many hospitals and medical corporations.
Why should I attend Lone Star College–CyFair?
Lone Star College–CyFair is one of the few colleges that has the ability to provide a unique Sonography Program that differs in state of the art facilities and instruction. The instructors are dedicated to helping students succeed on the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam. Superior instruction and collaborative learning is the standard with local medical facilities.