Sonography program provides opportunities for in-demand career

photo of NDSU sonography students Morgan

“I became interested in sonography because I have had renal ultrasounds done on myself,” said Morgan. “I have always been super interested in radiology, and I chose ultrasound because of the direct interaction and quality time spent with patients.”

The Sanford Medical Center Fargo Sonography Program provides an accredited sonography degree program, in conjunction with NDSU.

The patient care aspect of medical sonography and its hands-on aspect of care attracted Morgan to pursue education through the cooperative program.

“My favorite part of being in the program is being able to go to clinicals every week. I love working with patients and seeing myself improve each day!” said Morgan.

Medical sonography provides many career options.

“My favorite thing about ultrasound is the variety, but if I had to choose a favorite specialty, it would either be abdominal or OB/GYN sonography. I like these exams because they are challenging, and you can always learn something new,” Morgan said.

“I am excited to be in a career that continues to change and advance every day. There are endless opportunities to learn and become a better sonographer. I am excited to be able to use my skills to help as many people as I can,” said Morgan.

As a senior in the program, Morgan will graduate in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in sonography. The field provides a variety of career opportunities.

The sonography program available through Sanford Medical Center-Fargo in conjunction with NDSU includes foundational sciences, math, and general education with applied imaging class, lab, and clinical experiences.

There are two or more years of pre-radiologic sciences academic courses, and then a 21-month internship offered through Sanford Medical Center- Fargo. Internship classes, scanning labs, and clinical education focus on abdomen, OB/GYN, small parts, and vascular sonography.

The demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase 14 percent from 2020-2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median pay for these positions is $70,380 annually, based on U.S. statistics.

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