Ultrasound technicians, also known as sonographers, use sophisticated imaging machines to perform diagnostic tests on patients. This technology utilizes high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs, tissues, and other structures. Once sonographers create these pictures, doctors and other health care providers use them to diagnose, monitor, and treat a variety of medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and pregnancy.
In order to qualify for certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), you must complete training via a sonography program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Utah students can choose from two online schools with CAAHEP accreditation:
If you prefer a live classroom setting, you'll find accredited programs in all five of the states surrounding Utah: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming.
Ultrasound technician programs teach a variety of skills, such as medical ethics, patient care, and how to use sonographic equipment. While coursework may vary by school and specialty, most programs include instruction in:
In addition, many degree programs require general education studies, such as English, Mathematics, History, and Psychology courses. Students can also expect to receive hands-on training with the very same ultrasound machines used in actual health care facilities. This usually occurs during the clinical portion of their training, where students get the chance to work under the supervision of a professional sonographer at a local hospital or clinic.
The state of Utah does not require ultrasound technicians to be licensed. However, ARDMS certification is required by most employers, and can increase your earning potential and employability. To apply for ARDMS certification, you must submit a Clinical Verification Form, a completed application, and the application fee. You then must pass two exams: Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, as well as your specialty exam.
Finally, you must submit your transcripts from a CAAHEP-accredited program when you apply for credentials. Please note that ARDMS returns incomplete applications, but does not reimburse application fees.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Utah. 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.
2016 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
Annual Median Salary
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