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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.
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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:
Sonographers

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

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Lakeland-Winter Haven160 $59,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach1690 $63,330
Naples-Immokalee-Marco IslandN/A $83,010
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton120 $69,590
Ocala70 $57,450
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford620 $67,790
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville100 $70,760
Panama City50 $53,680
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent110 $56,340
Port St. Lucie80 $62,160
Sebastian-Vero Beach50 $52,890
SebringN/A $
Tallahassee50 $67,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater840 $68,310
Jacksonville460 $62,890
Cape Coral-Fort Myers230 $74,220
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin130 $59,930
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach80 $58,880
Gainesville100 $60,830

Sources:

  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.

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