Ultrasound technicians, also called sonographers, create diagnostic imagery using an ultrasound machine. This technology uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the internal organs and other tissues of a patient. Doctors and other health care professionals then use these images to diagnose, monitor, and treat a variety of medical conditions.
To begin a career as an ultrasound technician, you must complete a sonography training program, preferably one accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Wyoming has one school with CAAHEP accreditation:
Completion of a CAAHEP-accredited program helps prepare graduates to receive certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Before enrolling in LCCC's sonography program, students must complete general education prerequisites in Math, English, Psychology, Human Anatomy, and College Success. Also, all students are required to complete a urine drug screen upon registration, and may also need to complete a drug screen prior to clinical assignments.
Graduates of the program attain the following skills:
In addition to the general education requirements, students take the following courses:
Beginning their second year, students spend the majority of their time in clinical settings, working directly with the ultrasound equipment.
Most health care facilities in Wyoming prefer candidates with ARDMS certification. Obtaining these credentials can greatly increase your earning potential and employability.
ARDMS requires applicants to submit a Clinical Verification Form, completed application, and requisite fee. Also, you must take and pass two exams: the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation exam and an exam for your chosen specialty.
There are a number of credential options. For example, the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) certification is available in the following specialty areas:
Applicants must include their transcript along with their application. ARDMS returns incomplete applications but does not reimburse the processing fee.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/