Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
Medical Diagnostics

If you're looking for a career in the healthcare industry without the need for a doctorate degree, or want a degree that can lead to a standalone career but can also serve as a stepping stone to enrolling in medical school should you decide to go that route at a later date, a degree in Medical Diagnostics could be a great fit.

Types of Degrees

Medical Diagnostics students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, an associate degree is oftentimes enough to land an entry-level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer while master's and doctorate degrees usually lead to management and administrative positions in clinics and hospitals.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Medical Diagnostics Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Medical Diagnostics include:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Technologist/Technician
  • Medical Research Assistant
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers was $68,750 in 2019 (1) while Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians earned a median salary of $59,600 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.