ultrasound technician and patient

This program is designed for current healthcare clinicians.  Individuals interested in this certificate must be a graduate of a two-year allied health education degree that is patient-care related or have completed a bachelors degree.  Individuals with an associate degree must also 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 and the campus based scan labs.  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 entrance requirements and prerequisite courses.  

The dates below reflect the last date applications will be accepted for that term's cohort.  There is a competitive application process to enter the core ultrasound courses.  The program faculty have developed the application form and processes to determine who will have an opportunity to start in the cohort.  Please refer to the General Admissions Program Entrance Requirements section below.

Spring 2022  Friday, November 19, 2021  


   Accepting applications for this semester
   Not yet accepting applications for this semester
   Application closed for this semester
Cost of Attendance

City College - Associate Degrees & Certificates

  • Additional program fees are listed at bottom of the COA page

Ultrasound (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.


1. Prior Education Requirement: 

  • A single two-year allied health education degree from a regionally accredited college that is patient-care related - (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography-ARDMS) defines this as (1) 24 full-time consecutive calendar months or (2) 60 semester credits or (3) 84 quarter credits (45) and requiring a clinical internship/externship to complete the program)


  • Bachelor's degree (any major) or foreign degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the U.S.

2. Completed a 200 level Anatomy & Physiology course with a grade of C or higher 

3. Current licensure, certification or registration in an approved medical field  

4. Hold a minimum number of patient care hours  (volunteer, clinical, work)  

5. Completion of the prerequisite courses with the required minimum GPA

Current Licensure, Certifications, and/or Registration:

Healthcare Associate degree applicants approved certification, licensure or registrations include, but are not limited to: 

  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Radiographer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Dental Hygienist

Note: If your current registration, certification or licensure is not listed above a credential verification form can be submitted to the Ultrasound selection committee . The Ultrasound committee will review and determine eligibility.

Bachelor degree applicants:

  • No medical licensure, certification or registration is required

A minimum of 40 Hours of patient care must be met by the application deadline.    These hours can be met through:

  • Clinical hours completed during previous healthcare degree
  • Work experience in a patient care field
  • Volunteer hours in a patient care field

All applicants will be required to have 8 hours minimum of dedicated observation within the ultrasound field or department

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,  other clinical facilities (that have an approved and current affiliation agreement) and possibly the scan labs on the City College campus. 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.  Students would be responsible for their own 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
  • Powell, Wyoming

The Ultrasound selection committee will help coordinate clinical site selection during the application process.  An affiliation agreement  must be signed before the student can start their core ultrasound courses.

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) form.