Ultrasound machines are used for examining the inside of a patient's body without having to physically penetrate the skin. Thanks to sonography, medical professionals can get a detailed look at the heart, blood vessels, prostate, abdomen, breasts, and female reproductive system. Increasingly, ultrasound is also being leveraged to catch and treat vascular disease, heart disease, and other major ailments before they become lethal.
Students in ultrasound technician programs learn how to use these machines to send high-frequency sounds through patients' bodies and make sense of the results. If you enjoy technology and love helping others, this could be a great career path.
Before considering any sonography schools in Kansas, students should make sure they are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). All three of the institutions below meet this important standard:
Upon graduating from one of these programs, most students are ready for the workforce. However, many decide to pursue ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification beforehand.
Sonography degree programs help prepare graduates to work as ultrasound technicians by giving them direct experience with the most advanced sonography machines and real-world experience working with actual patients. While programs may share the same set of foundational courses, specific curriculum will differ depending on the program specialization.
Below are some examples of the types of courses students may take on their path to earning a sonography degree:
As we mentioned above, most programs also include actual patient care. This serves as both a means of instruction and a way of testing a student's abilities.
Though it's not required, many ultrasound technicians take the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) exam through the ARDMS. To be eligible, applicants need a degree in ultrasound technology and a transcript that shows they completed 60 hours of coursework and clinical education.
Sonography graduates may also have an easier time beginning their career if they are registered with an accredited medical organization like the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). However, on top of an ultrasound technology credential, this requires a degree in one of the following:
Note that in order to be eligible for certification and registration by the ARRT, professionals need to apply within three years of graduating from an accredited institution such as the ones listed above. This used to be a five-year rule, but it's been modified in recent years.
The ARDMS website contains a wealth of information for prospective ultrasound professionals, and includes valuable resources like:
The entire website is worth going through. Aside from the resources directly related to your education, there is also great information about preparing for a career as an ultrasound technician.
Schools for Sonographers in Kansas are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Kansas.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
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|Fort Hays State University||Hays||Masters||9,588|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kansas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
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.
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