Obtaining a degree as an ultrasound technician is not as difficult as you would think. Kaplan University is an accredited higher learning institution that allows you to obtain your degree online. An ultrasound technician is someone who operates an ultrasound machine, a machine that uses ultrasonic waves to view internal organs. The knowledge gained from the images are used to diagnose and treat certain conditions. Although mostly known as an obstetric tool, it is used throughout the healthcare system for many other purposes. Online courses are offered at Kaplan University to earn your degree in your own time, on your own schedule.