How to Become an Ultrasound / Vascular Technologist and What to Look for in an Ultrasound Tech Class

Are you interested in a career in Sonography and Diagnostic Healthcare? Do you want to become an ultrasound technologist in California? Are you currently exploring options in ultrasound and searching for the best ultrasound tech class for your needs?

Maybe you have an innate desire to help people. Or, you’ve just always considered a career in professional patient care, but didn’t know where to start. Perhaps you’re working a dead-end job or are fresh out of high school and are unsure about what your options are for jumping into a career in sonography and ultrasound.

Let’s explore what makes up the best ultrasound tech class and sonography training in Orange County. Moreover, let’s take a look at why some programs offer benefits that others don’t. Lastly, we’ll take a look at weighing your options and and what you should watch out for when choosing the best ultrasound tech class for your own specific needs.

Ultrasound Tech Class 101: What You Should Know About Sonography Schools in California

Because every ultrasound tech class is different, it can be difficult to choose between different sonography schools. Moreover, since each one offers its own set of benefits, it’s tough weeding through them. While some students choose to go the route of junior colleges and long wait times to begin their career in sonography in California, others go the private school route.

It’s important to really weigh your options when finding an ultrasound program. Furthermore, it’s vital that you understand what you ultimately want to do in the realm of sonography and Diagnostic Healthcare. For example, do you want to become a full-blown medical sonographer? Or are you looking for an ultrasound tech class (also referred to as ultrasound technologist, or sometimes ultrasound technician)? There are vast differences between the two in terms of daily job duties. Moreover, there are many differences in which specialties and the types of scans you’d perform, and where.

While in some states (and websites) the terms are used interchangeably, and even sometimes incorrectly, there’s a difference in terms of training time and where you’d go to receive your training. For instance, are you looking for a certificate, an AA degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree? For more insight on what separates the professions as well as the levels of sonography training, give us a call and ask for Admissions.

All-Inclusive Training at an Ultrasound Tech Class in Orange County

When searching for an ultrasound tech class, one of the key identifiers we tell students to look for (aside from tuition cost) is to watch out for an all-inclusive program. An all-inclusive program differentiates itself from other sonography training in that you get everything you need under one roof.

Moreover, in an all-inclusive ultrasound program, you should receive at least the following:

  • In an all-inclusive ultrasound tech class, you should receive all your pre-requisite training
  • You shouldn’t have to pay for textbooks and scrubs on top of your tuition
  • Some Healthcare schools (like MTS) go the extra mile and provide free parking as well
  • We cover the cost of your first Ultrasound Exam as part of your ultrasound tech class tuition
  • Check with the school on accreditation; Modern Technology School is accredited by the ACCSC
  • Make sure you don’t have to find your own Clinical Internship; it should be provided to you
  • Job Placement Assistance should be part of any ultrasound / vascular technology program
  • If you’re in need of Financial Aid, find out if you’re able to get it for ultrasound school
  • Many US Military Veterans choose a career in Ultrasound Technology; ask if you can use your GI Bill
  • If you enjoy hands-on learning, find an ultrasound tech class that teaches in small class sizes

Finding the Best Ultrasound Tech Class for Your Needs: What Do You Require?

While the bullet points above should serve as an excellent guideline when searching for the best ultrasound tech class, it’s not a definitive blueprint. What that means is that every ultrasound student’s needs will differ, from person to person. For instance, perhaps you learn better, or are more encouraged by working in large groups. In cases like this, it may make sense for you to seek out an ultrasound tech class or sonography class at a college or university

On the other hand, maybe you are the kind of person who enjoys working in small class sizes, with a few like-minded peers. Maybe you like being able to ask your instructor questions and having them demonstrate answers for you hands-on. If that’s the case, you’d want to seek out an ultrasound tech class like the ones taught at Modern Technology School.

Maybe you’re looking for an ultrasound school close to home, and don’t have a lot of options in your locale. Perhaps the length of time spent in the actual ultrasound class is what matters to you. Or, you absolutely want the school to provide your with clinical internship, so you don’t have to go searching for one.

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound / Vascular Technologist Program at Modern Technology School: A New Take on the Classic Ultrasound Tech Class

Our 18-month Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound / Vascular Technology program is all-inclusive. Our tuition costs are often much less than other ultrasound school options. Moreover, we offer more value and benefits to our students. If those bullet-points above look attractive to you, they do to us too! That’s why we strive hard to offer them to our students.

Furthermore, our small school attention to detail takes it a step further. We offer a staggering 1,000+ hours of actual clinical internship. This is vital for those considering a career in sonography and ultrasound. Remember that you are actively ‘creating’ the image from a patient’s body using ultrasound equipment. That said, the more hours of training you get — especially in the field on actual patients — the better!

Some schools will say that clinical internship is included, but won’t provide the actual hours. Instead, they’ll give you the dates or a rounded-up number of months. We want to be transparent here at Modern Technology School. We know that students investing in their future in our 18-month ultrasound tech class are investing in us as well. That said, we want to answer your questions! Classes usually start every other month here; however they fill up quickly due to our dedication to small sizes.


18-Month All-Inclusive Ultrasound Tech Class

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound / Vascular Technologist Program

Small Class Sizes & Hands-On Training

Our Admissions Advisor is friendly, personable, experienced, and loves to answer questions. We’re not here to pressure you into making a decision. Moreover, we’re happy to help if you have other questions with regards to the differences between medical sonographer and ultrasound tech here in California.

We hope to meet you and look forward to giving you a tour of our small Orange County Healthcare School. We’ve been here since 1981 and enjoy meeting with students and getting them the info they need.

If you’re considering enrolling in an ultrasound tech class or have an interest in sonography, definitely give us a call. We look forward to being a part of your journey towards becoming an ultrasound tech no matter where you end up going!

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