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Arizona, located in the southwestern region of the country, is known as a retiree destination. The warm, desert climate in the southern portion of the state draws increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, which in turns increases the need for qualified, medically trained personnel. This helps to provide a secure job outlook for graduates of ultrasound technician schools in Arizona, as well as those from across the healthcare industry, placing Arizona in the top 5 states in terms of job growth for sonographers.


If you’re considering pursuing a career in medical imaging or allied health, begin by requesting information from schools. Read on to learn the salary expectations for sonographers, as well as job growth and certification requirements in Arizona. Explore the programs listed below, whether in sonography or a related program, and find one that fits your long-term career goals. Request information, and you’ll get the chance to speak to a representative and get your questions answered.


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Career Resources

Arizona Healthcare Career Resources

A sonography degree prepares you for a variety of job functions from introducing future parents to a first look at their baby to identifying abnormalities, such as tumors, growing inside a patient’s organs.

Becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer in Arizona is a wise career goal.

By The Numbers

The median annual salary in 2013 was $78,760, which is significantly higher than the national average of $66,410.

The rate of expected job growth is 56%, which again is significantly higher than the national average of 44%. This ranks Arizona 3rd in the country in terms of job growth for ultrasound technicians.


Arizona’s Certification Requirements

Arizona flagStatewide licensure is not required in Arizona. However, many employers do require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are many locations throughout Arizona to take the exam, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at, or by calling the testing company Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.

The easiest way to qualify to sit for the exam is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Otherwise, you’ll need 12 months of full time clinical experience. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Arizona, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Additional Certification Information

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Assisting Limited English Proficient Patients

According to the US Department of Education, limited English proficient (LEP) learners were the fastest growing population in the country. It is estimated that almost 21% of individuals in the United States speak a language other than English at home. The healthcare industry is concerned that patients as a result may not be receiving optimal health care.

Those who speak English as their 2nd language can have difficulty understanding the information presented to them by their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare providers who speak a second language can have increased job opportunities available to them, especially in Arizona, which has historically been a destination-state for immigrants. Spanish is the most common 1st language for these residents.


Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician do?

There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a sonographer.

How do I get started?

We’ll walk you through all of the steps, starting when you’re still in high school or before you’ve started any formal post-education program, all the way through finding a job and advancing in your career. Get Started Now.

How long do I have to go to school?

Most degree programs are completed within two years.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.

What other jobs can I get in healthcare?

There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.

City Spotlight: Phoenix

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that as of May, 2014, there were 840 practicing sonographers in Phoenix, earning a median salary of $77,750 per year. This ranks Phoenix 9th in Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level.

There are several sonography programs from which to choose in the Phoenix area, including Gateway Community College, which is CAAHEP accredited. Strong job growth is expected across the healthcare industry in Phoenix and across the state.

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Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Arizona

There are many factors to consider when choosing a sonography program, from cost and proximity to job placement percentages, but one of the most important to consider is accreditation. The following ultrasound technician schools in Arizona have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs as of October, 2014:

GateWay Community College-Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

The table below shows the median annual salaries for major metropolitan areas in Arizona, and compares them with that of similar careers.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ MSA $80,900 $58,200 $60,000
Tucson, AZ $70,100 $64,700 $54,100

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