Often referred to as ultrasound technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers operate specialized sonography equipment to produce and record images that physicians use in the diagnosis of medical problems. These professionals must be trained to properly operate the sonography equipment in order to produce the best possible images. They also need to be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal sonographic patterns. Ultrasound technicians work to provide imagery in many different medical specialty areas, including obstetrics, cardiology, vascular medicine, and more.
Students in Kentucky have several options when it comes to pursuing a formal education in diagnostic medical sonography. Here are five schools that offer training programs in the field:
Associate degree programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography typically take two years or more to complete. In most cases, they are focused on preparing graduates to qualify for and successfully complete the professional certification exams administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Participants in ultrasound technician training programs are required to take basic science courses, which generally include biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics. Admission to these programs is usually competitive, and applicants may be required to already have training or work experience in relevant health- or science-related areas. Accepted students may also need to complete prerequisite courses before beginning the program.
Along with general coursework, students can expect to gain training in specialized medical/technical areas, including:
Most programs also include an internship component in order to provide participants with hands-on clinical experience, which is a requirement for certification exam eligibility.
Kentucky does not require that ultrasound technicians be licensed by the state in order to practice professionally. However, sonographers must hold a certification from either the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) in order to be considered for employment in the state.
To sit for these certification exams, candidates must have graduated from an accredited training program and completed a program of supervised clinical practice, which is typically provided within the context of most degree programs. Upon successful completion of a general exam and a specialization exam, technicians are given the designation of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS).
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kentucky. 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. 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® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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