Alaska Ultrasound Technician Schools - AK
Training to become an ultrasound technician varies depending on the type of specialty studied, and whether an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certification is sought. Ultrasound technician or diagnostic sonography training programs can be 24 or 48 months in length. Many medical colleges or teaching hospitals offer a program in medical diagnostic sonography and can train you in the field, but they may not be as affordable as a program in a junior college, vocational or technical school. For those already in the healthcare field, a one-year, 12 month program is offered. You'll find that most ultrasound schools offering the programs are centered in Alaska's larger cities such as Anchorage and Fairbanks; however, online programs offer an excellent alternative to conventional campus based schools.
Ultrasound technician programs in Alaska offer classes in anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, basic physics, patient care, and medical ethics. You'll also be required to attend labs, clinical instruction, and participate in an internship. But, when deciding on a program you should also know what specialty interests you. This will determine your curriculum as well. For example, you might want to specialize in vascular technology or neurosonography. Or, you can choose the female reproductive system and specialize in obstetric and gynecologic sonography, or breast sonography, abdominal sonography (the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas).