Ten-year accreditation status earned by Sonography programs
SCRANTON, Pa. –The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has extended the continuing accreditation to 10-year status for Lackawanna College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology associate degree programs. This accreditation status will extend through 2027. Additionally, the Cardiac Sonography associate degree program, which received its initial accreditation status in 2013, has received five-year continuing accreditation status through 2021.
Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, and vascular technologists – commonly referred to as sonogram or ultrasound technologists – operate special equipment to create images and conduct tests to help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions.
The sonography programs at Lackawanna College are designed to be completed in a two-year period which will include on- and off-campus clinical hours. Each program also includes summer courses and clinical lab hours. As of the most recent annual report in 2015, program graduates in all three disciplines have received 100% pass rates on their respective credential exams.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, and vascular technologists is $63,630, as of May 2015. Experts project a 24% job growth in the field through 2024. Pennsylvania has one of the highest employment rates in the country for these skilled medical professionals.
Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Sonography programs are offered at the main campus which is situated in downtown Scranton. Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.