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  Our CAAHEP Accredited One Year program provides an extensive education in abdominal and OB/GYN sonography. Graduates will be well versed in current techniques and at ease with many commercially available ultrasound systems. Many of our clinical affiliates perform neonatal neurosonology, vascular and echocardiography examinations. One year students have the opportunity of rotating through these areas for an introduction to the techniques practiced in each specialty. Other specialties emphasized in the one year program include transvaginal sonography, transrectal scanning of the prostate and high risk obstetrics. Clinical rotations in hospitals departments of varying sizes, outpatient clinics and on mobile units prepare the student to function in a variety of work situations. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the SPI, Abdomen, Breast and OB/GYN Registry exams.

The One Year General Sonography program at the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics is unlike most sonography programs offered in a college of university setting. Our program is one of the few sonography programs that offers a distance education option. It is an accelerated, fulltime, day program which requires self-motivation and good time management skills. For those requiring additional time considerations in order to process information or desire a slower paced environment, this program may not be for you. Our program covers, in 12 months, what most schools cover in 18-24 months. We can do this because you must complete prerequisite classes prior to admission. Once you begin the sonography program, you can expect fast paced information delivery and clinical instruction.

Please see our Student Handbook for more information regarding tuition, fees, and our distance learning option.

Classes for resident students start at the beginning of January and July.
Additional start dates for Distance students begin April and October.

Academic requirements:

1) Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have taken and passed the General Education and Development test of the American Council on Education (GED) with the recommended minimum subject units.

2) Applicant must have the following post-secondary(College Level) courses

- College Algebra or a higher level math course (E.g. Statistics, Finite Math)
- 1 Communications Course (Speech, English Composition, Literature)
- Physics (Intro or higher)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (Parts 1 and 2 if offered separately)
- Patient Care***
- Medical Ethics
- Medical Terminology

*** Those applicants who have no allied heath background/experience are recommended to take a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate course. The applicant must complete the course, take and pass the C.N.A. exam for their state and submit a copy of the certificate for their file. A C.N.A. course may replace the requirement for Introduction to Patient Care.

3) A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 for all post-secondary course work is required and classes must be taken with the last 10 years.

Course Schedules and Application deadline information is located in the IUD Handbook which is located in the link at the top right of this page.


*Licensed by the Alabama Dept. of Postsecondary Education*

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727-210-2350

Approved by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for Category A CME credits.

Please see our Student Handbook for more information regarding tuition, fees, and our distance learning option.

Financial Aid Options

Work Investment Act (WIA is offered for 1 year students only) Contact Mary Beth Driggers at 251-943-2327 for more information.

We also have an in house INTEREST FREE payment plan. Please see the IUD brochure for details.

Program Outcomes

Credential success

Abdomen - 89%
OB/GYN - 92%

Job Placement - 71%
Attrition - 11%
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