Ultrasound technicians manage the operation of medical imaging equipment and technology to conduct tests or generate images that aid physicians in diagnosing patient medical conditions. Their responsibilities typically include reviewing and analyzing diagnostic imaging results, maintaining and operating diagnostic imaging equipment, preparing patients for procedures by taking medical history and answering questions, and recording findings.
Below is a list of Michigan schools that offer sonography programs aimed at prospective ultrasound technicians. A brief overview of the campus history as well as other facts about the school are also included.
Sonography programs can differ depending on both the degree level and specific specialty being pursued. Specializations in the field range from abdominal or breast sonography to cardiovascular or vascular sonography to OB/GYN. Curriculum will be guided by the desired specialty chosen, with programs likely including more focused classes tailored to that specific specialization.
While classes will vary according to school and specialty, most sonography programs include coursework in the following topics:
In-field clinical components, in which candidates study under experienced sonographers in an imaging laboratory, hospital, or physician's office while earning institutional credit, are also a common aspect in many programs. Additionally, some schools may offer students the chance to intern at a local health care facility.
While Michigan does not require ultrasound technicians to be licensed in order to legally operate equipment, certification is a critical facet for those considering a career in the field. In general, employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging employees who are professionally certified, partially due to many insurance companies, as well as Medicare, only covering procedures conducted by certified technicians. Certification is offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), and is recognized nationally.
In order to gain certification, candidates must pass an exam and have graduated from an accredited sonography program. Many employers additionally prefer hiring graduates of sonography schools that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
There are a number of certification specialties available for sonographers, such as cardiovascular sonography or vascular sonography, both of which are offered by CCI. Diagnostic medical sonography certifications in fields like breast, abdomen, or pediatric sonography are available from the ARDMS. Most sonographers have at least one certification in these specialties, but earning multiple certifications is also common.
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. 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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