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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Arizona

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.

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Arizona Ultrasound Career Outlook

Becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer (also known as an ultrasound technician or sonographer) in Arizona is a wise career goal. 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.

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.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2013: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm

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:

Central Arizona College – Apache Junction, AZ
www.centralaz.edu

GateWay Community College-Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ
Website: www.gatewaycc.edu

Sanford Brown – Phoenix
www.sanfordbrown.edu/Phoenix

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Certification Requirements in Arizona

Statewide 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 ardms.org, 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.

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2012 Data

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

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Nuclear Medicine Tech
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ MSA $79,600 $51,600 $60,100 $76,300
Tucson, AZ $67,300 $64,300 $55,600 $66,000
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ unavailable unavailable $65,100 unavailable

Ultrasound Technician School in Tucson

Tucson is growing by approximately 18,000 residents each year, and has promoted itself as an attractive place for young and productive workers. Attending ultrasound technician school in Tucson puts you in the heart of a beautiful city with 350 days of sunshine a year. With an extensive arts and culinary scene, as well as golf and other outdoor adventures, there is much for a student to do in their spare time.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career OneStop

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