Thanks to ultrasounds, medical professionals all over the world can see inside patients' bodies to diagnose conditions without invasive procedures. These important devices use high-frequency sounds to create images of tissue, organs, and even babies in their mothers' wombs. In order to put these machines to work, hospitals and other health care facilities need qualified ultrasound technicians who know how to operate them.
If you're interested in pursuing a career in this field, begin by reading about sonography schools in Oklahoma below, and learn what is typically required to qualify for an entry-level position.
While there are many things to consider when choosing an ultrasound program, one that is nonnegotiable is that the institution must be accredited by the CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). These five schools all qualify:
Once students have graduated from their program of choice, most pursue certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Going to school in Oklahoma to become a sonographer involves learning about the human body, mastering the use of ultrasound machines, and receiving instruction on how to work with patients. While each program's curriculum will vary, most include courses in:
Students may also be able to choose from one of the following sonography specialties:
Make sure you confirm that the school you wish to attend offers the specialty you want before proceeding with an application.
In order to work as a sonographer in Oklahoma, you have to pass the ARDMS exam and receive certification. The three main exams are:
Depending on the career path you wish to pursue, you could have to take all three of them. There are also subtests you may have to complete that cover categories like:
Along with graduating from an accredited sonography program, 12 months of full-time clinical experience are required before you can take the exam.
Prospective students should check out the ARDMS website for more information on the certification exams, as well as how to find an accredited sonography program in their area. A few pieces of helpful information they provide include:
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Oklahoma. 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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