Diagnostic Ultrasound, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Take your career a step further with the Post-Bachelors Diagnostic Ultrasound Certificate with a specialization in Cardiac, General or Vascular sonography.

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About this Program

Learn how to create the ultrasounds used to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. Whether you want to specialize in Cardiac, Vascular or General (abdominal and ob-gyn) sonography, the Diagnostic Ultrasound Certificate offers a distinct pathway for you to confidently advance in your career.

Three Sonography Tracks

  • The vascular track allows you to focus on the blood vessels throughout the entire body. As a vascular technologist, you’ll be able to help monitor and diagnose a wide range of vascular conditions and vessel disease.
  • The general track, also known as the abdomen/OB-GYN track, focuses on the abdominal organs, abdominal blood vessels, small parts, pelvic organs and obstetrics. This program will teach you how to help diagnose and monitor a wide range of diseases and abnormalities.
  • Focus on the heart, its hemodynamics, thoracic arteries and veins, with the cardiac track. You’ll learn to help diagnose and monitor heart disease and valvular abnormalities.

Before Applying You’ll Need:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 of the last 90 quarter credits of the baccalaureate degree plus any post-baccalaureate coursework from a regionally accredited college or professional school.
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average in prerequisite coursework. 
  • A commitment to meet the College of Nursing and Clinical Agency requirements for annual health screening, immunization, medical insurance coverage, and other state and federal requirements.

Deadline to Apply

  • February 1st 
  • Admissions are cohort based with one cohort being admitted in the fall. 

Diagnostic Ultrasound at a Glance

Learn how this degree will contribute to your career goals. Then, explore course requirements and see how impactful a Seattle University degree can be.

Once you complete this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Provide patient-centered care by applying the diagnostic ultrasound evaluation process to maximize the health of patients.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking attitudes, skills, and abilities in clinical decision making and evaluation of evidence-based diagnostic ultrasound practice.
  • Advocate for evidence-based diagnostic ultrasound evaluation for patients across the lifespan, health states and in a variety of health care settings.
  • Integrate information from multiple sources to appropriately inform modifications to diagnostic ultrasound plan of care for patients across health states and in a variety of health care settings.
  • Safely use and adjust diagnostic ultrasound technology and accurately analyze sonographic findings.
  • Use interpersonal communication, collaboration, and organizational skills to partner with patients, families, communities, and an interdisciplinary health care team to promote health.
  • Apply leadership principles and quality improvement techniques to influence diagnostic ultrasound industry practice to ensure quality and safety.
  • Demonstrate professional values through commitment to self-evaluation, lifelong learning, professionalism, service and respect for diversity and social justice.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about the classes you’ll take as a student here.

Become a Sonographer

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A Growing Industry

Job Outlook, 2022-32
10% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2022-32

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An Investment in Your Future

  • Can Be Completed in Two Years
  • 93% Overall Retention Rate in 2023
  • 94% Overall Credentialing Rate in 2023
  • 96% Overall Job Placement Rate in 2023

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