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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Connecticut

If you’re interested in pursuing your degree at an ultrasound technician school in Connecticut, you will be combining a quality education with a strong economic outlook.  Not only is employment in the medical imaging industry strong, as you’ll read below, but the state overall is expecting growth that will outpace the rest of the nation.  Hospitals are the major employer of diagnostic medical imaging professionals, and typically require an Associate’s degree of their ultrasound techs.

Connecticut

Connecticut Sonography School Information

Diagnostic medical sonographers in Connecticut earned a median salary of $77,950 per year in 2013*, which is significantly higher than the national median of $66,410.  This makes Connecticut one of the top paying states for medical imaging. Growth in the industry is strong, with a 41% increase in employment predicted through 2020.

If a sonography program is not available in your area, you might consider looking into a related field. You’ll find a variety of programs listed below that can fit into your long-term goals. Begin your career by requesting information from a school.  You’ll get the opportunity to have your questions answered to be sure they offer what you’re looking for.

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Connecticut

The following program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

Yale – New Haven Hospital – New Haven, CT
Website: www.ynhh.org

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Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Our program can be completed in as little as 16 months. We offer program specializations in general or cardiac sonography, both of which include vascular ultrasound training.

Programs:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General Concentration)
Locations: West Hartford

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Technical Institute. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Nursing (Practical)
  • Medical Assistant
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Locations: New BritainSheltonLincoln

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs:

  • AAS in Health Services Administration
  • AAS in Health Services Administration - Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding
Locations: White Plains

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in Technical Career Education in southern New England, New England Tech is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. 

Programs:

  • Associate in Science in Surgical Technology
  • Associate in Science in Clinical Medical Assistant Technology
  • Associate in Science Degree in Nursing
  • And more...
Locations: East Greenwich
Get started on your career at American Institute. Our specialized, hands-on programs focus on the high-demand careers of health care, business, and computer technology.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Locations: West Hartford

Pursue your education with Northeastern University. We offer a direct entry nursing program at our campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

Programs:

  • Direct Entry Nursing Program
Locations: Boston

Earn your degree from Lincoln College of New England. Over 30 undergraduate programs are available in Health Sciences, Business, Communications, Hospitality, and more. Financial aid is available for those who qualify

Programs:

  • Executive Medical Assistant, AAS
  • Medical Assistant, Certificate
  • RN to BSN
  • And more...
Locations: Southington
Explore a new direction in your education with Porter & Chester Institute. We offer programs in a variety of fields at our nine campus locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assisting
Branford Hall Career Institute offers career-focused education that gives you the job skills you need to make the leap into some of today's hottest careers.

Programs:

  • Professional Medical Assistant
Locations: Windsor

One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880. What began as an academic institution of just 53 students has now grown to more than 38,000.   Today USC continues to uphold its tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, fostering a vibrant culture of public service and encouraging students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Programs:

  • Online Executive Master of Health Administration
Locations: Los Angeles
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Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
  • AA: Medical Office Assistance
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Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Health Studies - Health Management
  • B.S. in Health Studies - Health Communication
  • B.S. in Health Studies - Self-Designed
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Keiser University Graduate School provides student-centered, quality career education that enables you to make an immediate contribution to your profession. For over 35 years, Keiser University's commitment to excellence has led to success for our graduates. Our unique combination of a strong curriculum rich in relevant courses for today’s workforce and our students-first approach provides an outstanding academic experience. Become part of a caring, learning environment, whether online or on campus, led by experienced faculty who bring you real-world challenges and solutions.

Programs:

  • Doctor of Health Science (Online)
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  • Health Services Management, Graduate Business Certificate

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*

Programs:

  • BS in Heath and Wellness
  • Associate of Science in Health Science (Military Only)
  • MS in Nursing
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Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care - (Do Not Activate: Higher DQ rate)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
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Certification Requirements in Connecticut

Connecticut does not require licensure or certification for diagnostic medical sonographers. However, many states are considering moving towards licensure, so it’s a smart thing to consider if you want to be a competitive candidate for these sought after positions. Many employers require professional certification, typically by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are three locations in Connecticut 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.

In order to take the ARDMS test, you must meet one of their prerequisites. 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. You can read more about the testing prerequisites on the ARDMS website. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Connecticut, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Salary Outlook by Metropolitan Area

The following table compares average annual salaries for sonographers in the major metropolitan areas of Connecticut.

Metropolitan Area  2012 Median Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $74,700
Danbury, CT $76,600
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $75,700
New Haven, CT $77,200
Norwich-New London, CT-RI $96,800
Springfield, MA-CT $71,800
Waterbury, CT $80,600
Worcester, MA-CT $87,700

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2012 data

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area in CT

Ultrasound technicians sometimes start their career in a related field, and then make the switch to sonography. The following table compares related industries and their average annual salaries as of 2012.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Nuclear Medicine Tech
Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan $87,700 $62,600 $67,500 unavailable
New Haven, CT $77,200 $62,600 $62,200 $71,400
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $74,700 $61,400 $60,500 $86,100
Hartford-West Hartford-East $75,700 $63,400 $62,600 $82,000
Springfield, MA-CT $71,800 unavailable $57,700 $67,400

Things to do in Connecticut
While you’re pursuing your education at an ultrasound technician school in Connecticut, take a break from studying to see the sights. There is much to do, no matter your interests. If you enjoy the outdoors, tour the fabulous foliage in the fall, which draws tourists from all over the country. There is also plenty of hiking in the state and national forests, or you can visit a wildlife refuge. If you’re in one of the many college towns, there are plenty of breweries, wineries, restaurants, and shops to meet up with friends and relax. Connecticut combines the best of education, fun, and a positive economic outlook for students.

*All statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career One Stop
URL http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm; http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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