Florida Ultrasound Technician Schools and Training Programs (Sonography Schools)

Career Information for Sonographers in Florida

Also referred to as sonographers, ultrasound technicians perform diagnostic tests on patients, employing technology that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of internal organs and other tissues. Doctors and other health care professionals use these images to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions, including cancer and heart disease.

Florida Ultrasound Technician Schools

Pursuing sonography training at one of the following Florida schools is the first step in starting a career as an ultrasound technician. The next is obtaining certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

  • Hillsborough Community College: HCC, located in Tampa, offers an associate degree program in general sonography. Each of the graduates of the class of 2014 earned ARDMS certification, and enjoyed a 94 percent employment rate.
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center: Based in Jacksonville, this school offers certificate programs in both general sonography and vascular sonography. The class of 2014 had a 100 percent job placement rate. In addition, 100 percent earned ARDMS certification.
  • Adventist University of Health Sciences: ADU in Orlando offers both associate and bachelor's degree programs in general sonography, cardiac sonography, and vascular sonography. Every graduate of the class of 2014 earned ARDMS certification.
  • Miami Dade College: At this school, students may pursue an associate degree in general sonography or cardiac sonography. Grants, scholarships, and other financial aid options are available for these programs.
  • Broward College: Located in Coconut Creek, this school offers two associate degree programs: general sonography and cardiac sonography. Graduates from the class of 2014 enjoyed 100 percent job placement. In addition, each one earned certification from ARDMS.

The ultrasound technology programs at each of these schools are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

What to Expect from Florida Sonography Programs

Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs leave school prepared to take, and pass, ARDMS certification examinations. Students study in both classroom and clinical settings, using state-of-the-art equipment.

While curriculum will vary by program, common course topics include:

  • Abdominal Sonography
  • Acoustic Physics and Instrumentation, Superficial Structures
  • Clinical Education
  • Echocardiography
  • Film Critique
  • Neurosonography
  • OB/GYN Sonography
  • Principles and Protocols of Sonographic Imaging
  • Sonography of the Circulatory System

In addition, students in degree programs typically take general education courses, such as:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History

Florida Ultrasound Technician Licensing and Certification

The state of Florida requires radiologic personnel to submit an application as a Certified Radiological Technologist, along with the required application fee.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and earn certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). There are education requirements, as well as ethic requirements. Applicants must report:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Any criminal procedures ending in either a plea or verdict of guilty, no contest, deferred adjudication, diversion, or suspended sentence
  • Regulatory disciplinary actions on any prior certification or license
  • Traffic citations involving drugs or alcohol

You do not need to report juvenile convictions or minor traffic citations. The application fees must be submitted to the Department of Health at the time of your application.

Resources for Ultrasound Technicians in Florida

  • Visit the Florida Health website for more details regarding licensing.
  • Visit the ARRT website for full details on certification.
  • Visit the ARDMS website for information on their certification exams.


  1. Licensing, Florida Health, http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/radiologic-technology/licensing/index.html, accessed October 1, 2016.
  2. Initial ARRT Certification and Registration, ARRT, https://www.arrt.org/Certification, accessed October 1, 2016.
  3. Home page, ARDMS, http://www.ardms.org/Pages/default.aspx, accessed October 1, 2016.
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm, accessed October 1, 2016.

Schools for Sonographers in Florida are listed below.

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More Florida Ultrasound Technician Training Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Barry University Miami Doctorate 8,733
Broward College Fort Lauderdale Associate 31,730
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Bachelor 24,939
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences Orlando Masters 2,207
Gulf Coast Community College Panama City Associate 5,758
Hillsborough Community College Tampa Associate 22,621
Miami Dade College Miami Bachelor 54,094
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale Doctorate & First Professional 27,518
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth Associate 22,881
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola Associate 10,728
Polk Community College Winter Haven Associate 7,757
Santa Fe College Gainesville Associate 14,824
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Associate 13,776
Valencia Community College Orlando Associate 32,870

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Sonographers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Sonographers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Gainesville 90 $54770 1.59
Homosassa Springs 40 $58470 2.77
Jacksonville 340 $60520 1.24
Cape Coral 140 $71690 1.32
Fort Myers 140 $71690 1.32
Crestview 40 $55020 0.96
Fort Walton Beach 40 $55020 0.96
Destin 40 $55020 0.96
Deltona 140 $63010 1.68
Daytona Beach 140 $63010 1.68
Ormond Beach 140 $63010 1.68
Orlando 720 $62700 1.44
Kissimmee 720 $62700 1.44
Sanford 720 $62700 1.44
Palm Bay 110 $62510 1.25
Melbourne 110 $62510 1.25
Titusville 110 $62510 1.25
Panama City 0 $50990 0
Pensacola 130 $52970 1.84
Ferry Pass 130 $52970 1.84
Brent 130 $52970 1.84
Port St. Lucie 90 $65830 1.49
Punta Gorda 40 $62640 2
Lakeland 130 $59320 1.44
Winter Haven 130 $59320 1.44
Miami 1630 $62490 1.51
Fort Lauderdale 1630 $62490 1.51
West Palm Beach 1630 $62490 1.51
Naples 70 $70820 1.19
Immokalee 70 $70820 1.19
Marco Island 70 $70820 1.19
North Port 120 $60940 1.01
Sarasota 120 $60940 1.01
Bradenton 120 $60940 1.01
Ocala 70 $60630 1.65
Sebastian 30 $53190 1.6
Vero Beach 30 $53190 1.6
Tallahassee 60 $67260 0.89
Tampa 610 $63370 1.12
St. Petersburg 610 $63370 1.12
Clearwater 610 $63370 1.12
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