Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in West Virginia – 2020


1) BridgeValley Community and Technical College - South Charleston

Accreditation: CAAHEP
Program Type: Associate

BridgeValley College is a leading community college in West Virginia that offers success-oriented sonography programs. Graduates are trained to acquire professional knowledge, skills, and behavior that helps them to excel in this allied health field.

Bridge Valley currently offers an associate degree program specializing in General Sonography (abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, & small parts) and Vascular Structures. This program accepts only a limited number of students each year with first preference given to those who meet the qualification criteria and deadlines. You need to complete the 22-credit pre-requisite coursework before entry into the professional DMS course. The 4-semester professional DMS coursework which includes a summer semester is offered through a combination of classroom learning, lab training and clinical sessions at various imaging centers. During each of the four semesters, you will complete 12 credits earning a total of 48 credits.

Admission requirements to this program include a minimum 2.75 high school GPA, completion of pre-requisite courses, score of 50 or more on the TEAS exam and job shadowing experience.


2) St. Mary's Medical Center - Huntington

Accreditation: CAAHEP
Program Type: Baccalaureate

Established in 1924, St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMS) is the largest medical provider in Huntington, employing more than 2600 healthcare professionals. The center has three schools with specialties in nursing, medical imaging and respiratory care. The school of Medical Imaging was established in 1964 and has started offering quality sonography education since August 2013.

This hospital-based ultrasound technician program in WV offered in partnership with Marshall University is for individuals interested in taking up entry-level jobs. The 4-year cohort degree is a combination of instruction in the classroom, practical training at scan labs in the college and clinical practicum sessions at external sites under the guidance of registered sonographers. This program is available in two different tracks - General/OB-GYN Sonography and Vascular/Echocardiography.

Post-completion of your degree you can get credentialed through ARDMS. Based on the track choose, you will be eligible to take ARDMS certification exams in - sonographic physics and instrumentation (SPI), abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, adult echocardiography, and vascular technology.

3) United Hospital Center, Inc. - Bridgeport

Accreditation: CAAHEP
Program Type: Certificate

United Hospital Center was founded as a result of the merger between Clarksburg hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. It has been offering quality diagnostic medical sonography programs since 2000. The college offers world-class facilities where students learn and practice professional skills that prepare them to work as entry-level ultrasound technicians in a variety of clinical settings.

If you have completed an accredited training program in radiologic technology and aspire to become an ultrasound technician, United Hospital Center provides an 18-month certificate program. Please note you also need to hold an ARRT certification with an active status. It is a rigorous full-time program requiring 40 hours of dedicated instructional and clinical training each week (Monday through Friday). Your clinical training, for the most part, will be at the United Center, but at times you will undergo clinical sessions at Clarksburg VA Medical Center, United Vascular and Vein Center or several other imaging centers located within 30 miles of the college campus. Admission is competitive with importance given to your academic performance and personal interviews.

4) West Virginia University Hospitals - Morgantown

Accreditation: CAAHEP
Program Type: Certificate

West Virginia University Hospitals offers employment ready sonography education. The college is equipped with the latest imaging technology and software that includes 3D/4D imaging and GE equipment, allowing students to hone their clinical skills in the most comprehensive manner.

To become an ultrasound technician in WV you can consider this 18-month general sonography program focused on the abdomen and OB/GYN. The program starts in July and admission is very selective with only three slots open per year. You will be selected based on - academic qualification, performance during personal interview, previous work experience (preferably in a health care field and finally based on your potential to make a meaningful contribution to the health care field. Post-program completion you can take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination administered by ARDMS. After passing the SPI exam, you can take the specialty exams in abdomen and obstetrics & gynecology.

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