Abdominal Ultrasonography Course

SCHEV Certified & Affordable Course in 52 Weeks!

Start Date

January 29, 2024


52 Weeks

Day Session
Deadline to Apply
January 25, 2024

Abdominal Ultrasonography Course at AIHST: Pioneering Excellence in Abdominal Ultrasonography

Embark on a transformative journey into the dynamic field of medical imaging with AIHST’s Abdominal Ultrasonography Course. Designed for those seeking a comprehensive and hands-on experience, our three-month program goes beyond the conventional, providing a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a rewarding career in abdominal ultrasonography.

Program Highlights:

In-Person Intensity:

  • Duration: Our focused Abdominal Ultrasonography course spans 52 weeks, ensuring an intensive and immersive learning experience.
  • Exclusively In-Person: We believe in the power of hands-on learning. Our program is conducted entirely in-person, fostering real-world skills development.

Cutting-edge Curriculum:

  • Competent Imaging: Master the art of competently performing ultrasound scans on the abdomen, organs, pelvic area, and vascular system.
  • Test Coordination: Acquire skills in scheduling and coordinating tests, recording results, and maintaining operational logs.
  • Professional Excellence: Students will exemplify professional standards, meeting and exceeding employer expectations for entry-level positions.

Real-world Exposure:

  • Clinical Internship: In the near future, you can elevate your learning through hours of clinical internship in authentic healthcare environments, facilitated by the AIHST Internship Department.
  • Mentorship: Benefit from mentorship during your internship, ensuring practical exposure and guidance.

Specialization and Certification:

  • Focus Areas: The program emphasizes Abdominal – Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology concentrations, aligning with industry demands.
  • Certification Path: Upon completion, students are eligible to undertake certification exams by reputable bodies.

Daily Duties of an Abdominal Sonographer:

Logistics and Administration:

  • Patient History: Obtain and record patient history, ordering further testing if needed.
  • Scheduling and Coordination: Manage imaging departments, schedule patients for procedures, and ensure patients are in the appropriate position prior to the procedure.

Technical Operations:

  • Ultrasound Procedures: Use a transducer to study images of blood flow, tissues, and organs.
  • Application of Gel: Apply a gel onto the area of the patient’s body where the waves will enter.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Pathological Data: Document pathological, anatomical, and/or physiological data for a physician’s interpretation.
  • Preliminary Reports: Prepare preliminary reports after identifying normal and abnormal results.

Clinical Assessment and Adaptation:

  • Clinical Assessment: Perform necessary clinical assessment during examinations.
  • Adaptation: Pinpoint, document, and adapt procedures as needed to diagnostic, pathological, and anatomical images and information.

Equipment Maintenance and Communication:

  • Equipment Management: Maintain ultrasound supplies and equipment.
  • Findings Relay: Relay findings from sonograms to the physician.

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Daily Schedules: Organize daily work schedules, ensuring efficient operations.
  • Diagnostic Procedures: Use sonographic equipment and perform diagnostic procedures.

Program Structure and Admission:

Program Dynamics: A twelve-month journey encompassing campus hours, fostering a holistic educational experience.

Admission Criteria: Ensuring that our program remains accessible to dedicated individuals seeking a fulfilling career in abdominal ultrasonography, we have expanded our minimum admission requirements to provide a more inclusive framework. In addition to a high school diploma or equivalent, we encourage prospective students to contact our Admissions Department at +1 703-817-2968 for additional requirements tailored to individual circumstances.

Selective Enrollment:

Our commitment to maintaining high standards in education is reflected in our selective enrollment process. While meeting the minimum requirements is a crucial step, it does not guarantee acceptance into the program. We carefully assess applicants to ensure that those admitted are not only qualified but also possess the passion and dedication needed to excel in the study and practice of abdominal ultrasonography.

Comprehensive Curriculum Expansion:

Beyond the core highlights, our comprehensive curriculum covers a spectrum of crucial areas in abdominal ultrasonography, ensuring that our students are well-rounded and equipped to face the challenges of the evolving healthcare landscape. Let’s delve into some key components of our expanded curriculum:

  • Develop a solid foundation in medical terminology, enabling effective communication within the healthcare team and accurate documentation.
  • Gain specialized knowledge and hands-on experience in obstetric and gynecological sonography, covering prenatal care, fetal development, and women’s health.
  • Delve into cross-sectional anatomy to enhance your understanding of anatomical structures and improve diagnostic accuracy during imaging procedures.
  • Explore the intricacies of vascular ultrasound, learning to assess blood flow and detect abnormalities in the vascular system, a critical aspect of diagnostic sonography.
  • Emphasize patient-centered care and safety protocols, ensuring not only accurate imaging but also a compassionate and secure experience for patients.
  • Deepen your knowledge of abdominal imaging and small parts sonography, covering vital organs, tissues, and structures in detail.
  • Master the principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation, laying the groundwork for effective and precise use of ultrasound technology.

Career Advancement and Certification:

At AIHST, we understand that certification is a key milestone in your journey toward becoming a skilled abdominal sonographer. Our program is structured to provide a seamless pathway to certification eligibility.


At AIHST, our commitment to excellence in education, practical training, and career development sets us apart. The Abdominal Ultrasonography Course is a gateway to a dynamic and fulfilling career in abdominal ultrasonography. Our expanded program offers a comprehensive curriculum, selective enrollment process, and a clear pathway to certification, ensuring that our students are not only qualified but also positioned for success in the evolving healthcare arena.

Join AIHST, where innovation meets education, and redefine your future in abdominal ultrasonography. Elevate your skills, broaden your career opportunities, and become a leader in the field. Your success begins here.

Career Outlook:

Our commitment to your success extends beyond the classroom. We understand the importance of staying informed about the current trends and prospects in the field of abdominal ultrasonography. Here’s an expanded overview of the career outlook:

Salary Range and Stability:

  • Financial Prospects: In the USA alone, abdominal sonographers enjoy a competitive average salary range of $50,000 and beyond.
  • Stability and Growth: The 20% projected job growth in the USA from 2018 to 2028 signifies a robust demand for skilled professionals in hospitals and imaging centers.

Diverse Specializations:

  • Versatility: Abdominal sonographers can specialize in various fields, including imaging the abdomen, breast, blood vessels, and female reproductive system.

Work Environment and Schedule:

  • Flexibility: Abdominal sonographers may be required to work weekends, holidays, or evenings depending on their employer.
  • Full-Time Opportunities: While most work full time, part-time positions are also available. Some may work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotation basis.

Role Similarities and Differences:

  • Collaborative Roles: Abdominal sonographers work closely with nurses, doctors, and patients of all ages.
  • Comparisons: Roles in diagnostic imaging also include radiation technologists and magnetic resonance imaging technologists, who assist with X-rays and MRI scans.

Specialization Variations:

Broad Scope: General sonographers may require imaging experience in several areas, while specialized positions may call for expertise in specific areas.

Technical and Health Standards for Abdominal Ultrasonography at AIHST

Aspiring professionals seeking enrollment in AIHST’s Abdominal Ultrasonography program must meet rigorous technical and health standards. These standards are designed to ensure that students possess the necessary capabilities to excel in the field of Abdominal Ultrasonography.

Technical Standards:

Physical Capabilities:

Endurance and Mobility:
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, constituting 85% of work time.
  • Capability to intermittently reach at or above shoulder level for 90% of work time.
Motor Coordination and Dexterity:
  • Proficiency in maintaining prolonged arm positions required for scanning.
  • Capacity to lift up to 45 lbs. unassisted.
  • Competence in transporting, moving, and lifting patients to facilitate examinations.
  • Capability to handle and maneuver ultrasound equipment weighing up to 500 lbs.
Fine Motor Skills:
  • Possession of sufficient strength, finger dexterity, and flexion for executing fine motor skills.
Eye/Hand Coordination and Cognitive Abilities:
  • Aptitude for eye/hand coordination relevant to sonographic examinations.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical operations without reliance on a calculator.
  • Effective utilization of senses (vision, hearing, smell, touch) to recognize changes in a patient’s condition.
  • Demonstration of color acuity.
  • Capacity to promptly hear, understand, and respond to verbal instructions, alarms, and patient needs.
  • Capability to work in a semi-darkened room for prolonged periods.
Timed Tests:
  • Proficiency in taking timed tests efficiently.

Health Standards:

Emotional, Mental, and Physical Well-being:

Stress Management and Patient Support:
  • Capacity to handle the demands of the position, including stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care.
  • Ability to provide physical and emotional support to patients during sonographic procedures.
Communication and Collaboration:
  • Effective communication and collaboration with members of the healthcare community.
  • Proficient execution of assigned duties.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with staff, patients, and physicians.
Diagnostic and Analytical Skills:
  • Competence in performing sonographic examinations and procedures according to established standards.
  • Capability to analyze recorded images to identify proper protocol, procedural sequencing, technical qualities, and pathophysiology.
Discrimination and Interpretation:
  • Ability to discriminate between blacks, grays, and whites, as well as various color combinations indicating blood flow on display devices and recorded images (film and paper).
P.S. AIHST welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply, and we are committed to exploring reasonable convenient arrangements on an individual basis to facilitate successful program completion and preparation for national certification.

These are the technical and health standards for the Abdominal Ultrasonography program. All students must be capable of meeting these standards.

Program Goals and Outcomes

The goals and learning outcomes for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are divided into the following categories:

  • Patient Care (Affective)
  • Professional Development (Behavioral)
  • Clinical Proficiency (Cognitive)

At a minimum, students will be evaluated in the ABCs – affective, behavioral and cognitive skills – on a quarterly basis. In addition, these domains will be evaluated in a comprehensive professional growth evaluation. The analysis, performed by the clinical staff, will be cumulative and representative of all cohorts. A benchmark of 90 (A-) will be expected in each of the categories.

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P.S. The program outcomes listed above have been provided for the purpose of meeting certain accreditation requirements. These placement rates are not being used as a marketing tool or for recruitment purposes. Past results are no guarantee of future results. 

Clinical Affiliations

In order to provide our students with a rich and comprehensive learning experience, AIHST is taking necessary measures for clinical affiliations with a variety of healthcare facilities throughout Virginia and beyond.

Clinical site placement will be done at the discretion of the Internship Department and availability of the clinical sites at the time the student is ready to begin the clinical internship. Students must  complete all required clinical paperwork on time in order to be placed at a clinical site. AIHST does not guarantee placement at a particular clinical site.

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