Ultrasound Technician Career Training Choices


Ultrasound technicians can expect a promising career.

Students bound for college sometimes find themselves at a loss for what they want to do when they arrive on campus. Some discover that the medical professions are right for them, deciding to explore their options in this burgeoning field.

One career choice showing promise of growth are medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technologists. These trained professionals are tasked with obtaining ultrasound images by the use of special equipment that sends high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. That diagnostic data is then interpreted by a physician.

Students receive training from two- and four-year schools, obtaining a degree based on their level of training. Hospitals, clinics and private practices employ grads, with most hospitals requiring professionals to obtain licensing through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Imagery, Inc.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of diagnostic medical sonographers was $61,980 in May 2008. At about that time the BLS made its forecast for the number of technicians expected to be employed ten years hence, forecasting the workforce to increase from 50,300 to 59,500 professionals, for an 18 percent gain.

The BLS says that most technicians have two-year degrees with some four-year programs available. To that end, we’ve gathered a sample list of schools offering training for ultrasound technicians, health professionals who earn a good living while working with medical professionals and patients.

Lamar Institute of Technology
855 East Lavaca Street
Beaumont, Texas 77705-4142

Notes: Lamar offers a degree in Diagnostic Medical Technology, for already enrolled students maintaining at least a “C” average. Students must complete pre-enrollment and General Education courses before applying for the program. 45-credit program lasts for five semesters.

Argosy University/Twin Cities
1515 Central Pkwy.
Eagan, MN 55121-1756

Notes: Argosy offers a Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program leading to an AAS degree. Students must complete 21 credits in general studies before taking 49 credits of coursework. A six-month training component is required.

Eastwick College
10 South Franklin Tpke.
Ramsey, NJ 07446

Notes: The Eastwick ultrasound program is specifically designed to train students in the procedure of ultrasound and help them meet the growing demand in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

College of Southern Nevada
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV

Notes: Students can choose from two tracks offered with Southern Nevada’s Diagnostic Medical Technology degree (AAS) – cardiac/vascular ultrasound or general vascular ultrasound.

Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030

Notes: At its Portland campus, Mt. Hood offers a physical therapist assistant program containing a sonography component. Students receive training in ultrasound, hydrotherapy, massage and other techniques used in treating patients. This is a two-year program that prepares students to take Oregon’s licensing exam.

Other schools offering ultrasound/sonography training include Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH; Sanford-Brown College/Institute at various campuses around the country; and Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, MO.

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