Breast Ultrasound

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  • Fully Online Ultrasound Physics course (Fall)
  • 5 Credit, Online Breast Ultrasound Course (Winter)
  • Hybrid Breast Ultrasound Lab (Spring)
  • Clinical Practicum


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Gain hands on experience with a local clinical partner. Our experienced clinical staff will guide you through the process and assign you to a location that will best fit your needs.


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Completion of the Breast Ultrasound Certificate program formally prepares Mammographers and Sonographers to sit for the breast sonography exam through the ARRT and both the sonographic principles & instrumentation and breast ultrasound exams through the ARDMS.

For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram, 100 will return for additional mammogram and/or ultrasound

Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound

While not a typical screening tool for breast cancer, breast ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool often used when a mammogram, breast MRI, or other exam shows an abnormality. This non-invasive tool can be used to determine whether an abnormality is a fluid-filled cyst or solid tumor. Additionally, research shows that Breast Ultrasound plays an important part in breast health and medical procedures. The Mayo Clinic states, “Ultrasound is a useful tool for judging before breast cancer surgery whether chemotherapy eliminated cancer from the underarm lymph nodes.” This allows medical professionals to determine whether underarm lymph nodes truly require removal.

 As a breast sonographer, you will be an important part of a team of professionals dedicated to the breast health of women and men.

Learn More

The Radiation & Imaging Sciences (RAIS) program at Bellevue College is a comprehensive bachelors level program that includes a Bachelors of Applied Science and several Advanced Baccalaureate Certificates. The Breast Ultrasound Certificate is designed to prepare Mammographers and Sonographers to obtain certification and employment in this specialty area.

The Breast Ultrasound Certificate may be taken as a stand-alone certificate or as a part of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences Bachelors of Applied Science degree. This certificate is designed for registered sonographers and mammographers, and students in related imaging programs. It is a great program for imaging professionals seeking employment in women’s health clinics and breast centers. Radiographers should consider pairing this with the mammography program offered at Bellevue College.

Interested students must an Imaging Technologist in Radiologic Technology or completing their final year in one of that imaging program. Students must also have completed Anatomy & Physiology I and II from a regionally accredited institution.


The Radiation & Imaging Sciences program is a selective admission program which admits new students twice a year. Students can apply during either application cycle but the Breast Certificate courses begin in Fall Quarter. Apply Now!

Fall Applications

» Application Opens – March 15
» Priority Deadline – June 1
» Final Deadline – July 15

Spring Applications

» Application Opens – November 1
» Priority Deadline – February 1
» Final Deadline – March 1

In addition to our Bachelors of Applied Science completion and Advanced Certificate programs, the Radiation & imaging Sciences program offers our courses to current imaging professionals seeking Continuing Education opportunities. Imaging professionals must be current in their national certification and must apply to Bellevue College but are not required to apply to the RAIS program. Imaging Professionals are limited to take 10 credits per year as a non-matriculated student.

Step 1: Apply for general admission at Bellevue College

You must apply to Bellevue College in order to take a course through our program. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing time. You will need your Bellevue College Student Id (SID) to complete step 2.

Step 2: Complete the permission number request form for each course

You will need a copy of your unofficial transcripts showing completion of two quarters (10 credits) of Anatomy & Physiology at a regionally accredited institution in order to complete the request. Your request will be processed in the order received!

Step 3: Register for your course

After your request is approved, you will receive an entry code which allows you to register for your course! Check your registration date and time, use the class schedule to find the correct item number, and purchase your books as soon as possible!

Contact us for more assistance or apply now!

Radiation & Imaging Sciences
Phone: 425-564-2012

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Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require academic institutions to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs, and about students who enrolled in those programs eligible for Title IV funding that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  See the list of eligible certificates, but note that it may be out of date of current offerings.

Last Updated March 22, 2024