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This program is designed for current healthcare clinicians.  Individuals interested in this program must be a graduate of a medical program and be currently licensed, registered, or certified in an approved medical profession.


Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)

Would you like to expand your current skill sets in the healthcare field?  This field is expected to grow faster than the average career nationwide.  Ultrasound, also referred to as sonography, is utilized primarily in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and community health centers.  Sonography uses sound to “see”, by using special equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves towards a particular part of the body.  Many sonographers will specialize in specific areas of the body; obstetrics/gynecology, or abdomen, heart, or the circulatory system.  Initially, our program will be focusing on obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, and small parts. Through City College you will experience a high tech education in a modern lab setting, with hands-on lab experience, along with the flexible online lecture course work.  You will also get real-world experience doing clinical rotations in the health care setting.  We currently have 5 ARDMS credentialed clinical instructors coordinating the clinical portions of the program.  With approval, individuals can look at completing their clinical hours within Montana but also across the country.  Upon successful completion of this certificate and the 1680 hours of clinicals, you will be prepared in your area of clinical study to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Sonography (ARRT) (S) examination.

Prior to applying to the Ultrasound Technology CAS program, students must be admitted to City College, and meet all program prerequisites (including being a licensed/registered medical professional in an approved field).  

The dates below reflect the last date applications will be accepted for that term's cohort.  We encourage individuals to apply as soon as it indicates we are accepting applications, as some clinical sites may be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fall 2019 June 3, 2019 (priority deadline)
  July 19, 2019 (final deadline)


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   Not yet accepting applications for this semester
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Ultrasound Technology — Certificate of Applied Science 

This program will cost about $7,634* based on current tuition and fees. 

*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies. 

Detailed Cost Information 

Ultrasound Technologist (Sonographer)

Median Wage (MT)* $74,590  yearly
  $35.86 per hour

Median Wage (US)* $71,410  yearly

$34.33  per hour


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024) 

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As an Ultrasound Technologist, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Surgical Centers
  • Mobile Services
  • Other Specialized Medical Facilities


  • First-time college students must have a high school diploma from an accredited high school or a GED/HiSET
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.


After applying to City College and completing the necessary prerequisite courses with the required minimum GPA, and submitting the required documentation of licensure, certification or registration in an approved medical field students may apply to the Ultrasound program. 

Current Licensure, Certifications, and/or Registration:

Each applicant must be a graduate of a medical program and must currently be licensed, certified, or registered in a medical discipline: Listed below are the accepted disciplines:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Chiropractor
  • Radiographer
  • Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician
  • Physical and Occupational Therapist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Limited X-rays Machine Operators 

Note: If your current registration, certification or licensure is not listed here, the ultrasound admission committee will evaluate your academic credentials, work experience and area of registration, certification and licensure on a case-by-case basis.

Students, in conjunction with the Ultrasound director, will select clinical sites.  An affiliation agreement  must be signed before the student can start their core ultrasound courses.

The didactic (lecture) and laboratory classes will be completed online and via hybrid learning.  The program is currently anticipating having students physically on the City College campus 1 weekend in both the fall and spring terms and 1 week (5 days) in the summer term.  These are subject to change per the discretion of the ultrasound department.  The clinical internship portion of the program will be completed at hospitals and other clinical facilities (that have an approved and current affiliation agreement). With approval from the department, students could do their clinical scans in different states across the country.  Please note that currently some of the confirmed clinical sites may be across the state and region and could require travel.

Current Clinical Sites:

  • Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic - Billings
  • St. Vincent Hospital - Billings
  • Indian Health Services - Lame Deer
  • Indian Health Services - Crow Agency
  • Beartooth Billings Clinic - Red Lodge
  • Great Falls Hospital Clinic - Great Falls
  • Sidney Health Center - Sidney

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Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 

Upon successful completion of the certificate program and the required 1680 clinical scan hours, you will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Sonography (ARRT) (S) examination.

Individuals interested in receiving financial assistance are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The application is online at https:\\ww.fafsa.gov.

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