A Cardiac Sonographer Education

Education is a big part of any job you may come across. We set out to find what kind of education is required for a cardiac sonographer. Typically, cardiac sonographers have a associate degree in medical technician. We also broke down what colleges are the best for obtaining those degrees, and found that cardiac sonographers have the best luck at Duke University and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. For those who would rather stay in your pajamas during the day, we've also identified some online courses that can help in cardiac sonographer education paths.

Most Common Majors

According to our resume data, most cardiac sonographers, 73% to be exact, major in medical technician. Some other common majors for a cardiac sonographer include business and nursing majors.

Most Common Degree

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for cardiac sonographers. The most common degree for cardiac sonographers is associate degree. In fact, 53% of cardiac sonographers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 19% and rounding it off is diploma with 5%.

  • Associate degree, 53%
  • Bachelors degree, 19%
  • Certificate degree, 17%
  • Diploma degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Top 10 Colleges For Cardiac Sonographers

In a lot of cases, a higher education can mean a higher salary or even a better job. That's why we found out the best colleges for cardiac sonographers. We based this list on these metrics: admissions rate, retention rate, mean earnings of students working, ratio of working vs. non-working students 10 years after admission, average cost of attendance and median debt for graduates.

1. Duke University

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Tuition and fees
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

3. Yale University

New Haven, CT

Tuition and fees
$53,430
Enrollment
5,963

4. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Tuition and fees
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Tuition and fees
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

6. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Tuition and fees
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

7. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Tuition and fees
$54,104
Enrollment
7,089

8. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Tuition and fees
$49,816
Enrollment
6,840

9. University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Tuition and fees
$6,381
Enrollment
34,564

10. Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tuition and fees
$56,382
Enrollment
5,597

Top 10 Affordable Colleges For Cardiac Sonographers

If those top 10 were a bit out of your price range, you might want to check these schools instead. After factoring in in-state tuition and fees, average cost of attendance, admissions rate, average net price and mean earnings after 6 years, we found that these are the most affordable schools for cardiac sonographers.

1. Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

Tuition and fees
$5,620
Cost of Attendance
$18,136

2. Minot State University

Minot, ND

Tuition and fees
$7,064
Cost of Attendance
$15,576

3. Florida International University

Miami, FL

Tuition and fees
$6,556
Cost of Attendance
$19,434

4. University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Mayaguez, PR

Tuition and fees
$4,094
Cost of Attendance
$14,302

5. Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Tuition and fees
$5,656
Cost of Attendance
$21,623

6. Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Tuition and fees
$8,604
Cost of Attendance
$20,618

7. University of Colorado Denver

Denver, CO

Tuition and fees
$9,283
Cost of Attendance
$22,243

8. Maine College of Health Professions

Lewiston, ME

Tuition and fees
$12,245
Cost of Attendance
$18,826

9. SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY

Tuition and fees
$9,625
Cost of Attendance
$24,718

10. Inter American University of Puerto Rico Arecibo

Arecibo, PR

Tuition and fees
$5,872
Cost of Attendance
$13,476

Top 10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into For Cardiac Sonographers

Some people like a challenge. Well, we challenge you to get into one of these schools. It's not going to be easy. We know this based on these institutions' admissions rates, average SAT scores accepted, median ACT scores accepted and mean earnings of students 6 years after admission.

1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Admissions Rate
8%
SAT Average
1,508

2. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Admissions Rate
10%
SAT Average
1,514

3. University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

Admissions Rate
41%
SAT Average
1,321

4. Tufts University

Medford, MA

Admissions Rate
15%
SAT Average
1,461

5. Boston University

Boston, MA

Admissions Rate
22%
SAT Average
1,420

6. Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Admissions Rate
58%
SAT Average
1,304

7. University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Admissions Rate
59%
SAT Average
1,367

8. SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY

Admissions Rate
42%
SAT Average
1,326

9. Yale University

New Haven, CT

Admissions Rate
6%
SAT Average
1,517

10. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Admissions Rate
19%
SAT Average
1,466

Top 10 Easy to Get Into Colleges For Cardiac Sonographers

Why make getting a job harder on yourself than it has to be? With these colleges, you're sure to be accepted in no time. We compiled admissions rates, average SAT scores, average ACT scores and average salary of students 6 years after graduation in order to uncover which were the easiest schools to get into.

1. AdventHealth University

Orlando, FL

Admissions Rate
87%
SAT Average
1,016

2. Life University

Marietta, GA

Admissions Rate
94%
SAT Average
979

3. D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

Admissions Rate
100%
SAT Average
1,072

4. Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Admissions Rate
92%
SAT Average
1,031

5. Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Standish, ME

Admissions Rate
84%
SAT Average
1,069

6. La Roche College

Pittsburgh, PA

Admissions Rate
99%
SAT Average
1,008

7. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Canton, OH

Admissions Rate
75%
SAT Average
1,085

8. Kean University

Union, NJ

Admissions Rate
86%
SAT Average
991

9. Thomas More University

Crestview Hills, KY

Admissions Rate
90%
SAT Average
1,099

10. Barry University

Miami, FL

Admissions Rate
91%
SAT Average
1,006
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Updated November 3, 2020