Doctors Diagnose – But You Deliver the Information They Need

Your detailed images of organs, tissues and blood vessels provide the undeniable evidence every physician needs to confidently confirm a diagnosis. Your calm demeanor and compassion puts anxious patients at ease, inspiring them to share important details, which in turn, helps you improve their doctors’ ability to deliver even better care.

Well-trained sonographers are invaluable to every medical team. Demand for this critical health care discipline continues to grow at faster than average rates through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Cardiovascular Sonography and Medical Sonography

Your Nova Southeastern University Sonography degree, either in Cardiovascular Sonography or Medical Sonography prepares you to confidently and compassionately perform sonographic examinations, starting from your first day on the job.

As a student, you will spend more than 800 hours in hands-on training in the sonography learning labs, receiving one-on-one assistance from instructors. You'll learn on the latest ultrasound equipment, and on state-of-the-art simulators and ultrasound scan trainers to develop your skills in how-to examine biologically sensitive areas such as the heart and reproductive organs. Apply to NSU, and your future will be set.

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NSU Sonography Degree Programs

Medical Sonography

Our graduates have a 100% passing rate on the Sound Instrumentation and Principles Exam (SPI) after only two terms in the program.

Cardiovascular Sonography

Our Tampa Bay cardiovascular sonography students enjoy an average of a 90% ARDMS pass rate and can earn their credentials 60 days before graduation, allowing them to start working immediately upon completion of the program.

Medical Sonography or Cardiovascular Sonography:
Which is right for me?

MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY is broader:
Perform procedures on areas of the body
  • Help doctors diagnose a range of conditions
  • You’ll learn general and vascular sonography as an integrated curriculum. Includes general (abdomen, small parts, neurosonology), obstetrical and gynecological, as well as vascular studies.
  • Average annual salary: $74,320 per year
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2019)
CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY is focused:
Concentrate on heart structure and blood flow
  • Help doctors diagnose heart and vascular disease
  • You'll study two of the most sought-after specialties in medical ultrasound technologies: Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography. You'll be able to perform adult echocardiography and a vascular ultrasound.
  • Average annual salary: $74,320 per year
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2019)

Career Outcomes

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The employment growth rate for sonographers is expected to grow 19% between 2018 and 2028 — “much faster than average” compared to all other occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists

$74,320 per year

2019 median annual pay for sonographers

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists

Where do sonographers work?

  • Hospitals
  • Standalone imaging centers
  • Physicians' clinics
  • Cancer or other specialty clinics
  • Mobile imaging businesses

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