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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.

Begin a career as a sonographer or one of the many other careers in healthcare by requesting information from schools listed below.  Research the programs they offer, and ask questions to make sure it’s a good fit for your career goals.

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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
  • Dental Assistant
Locations: SheltonNew BritainLincoln
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:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Professional Medical Assistant
Locations: BranfordWindsorSouthington
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

Get hands-on training with Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute. Our campuses in New York and Connecticut can help give you career training in a wide variety of fields, including accounting, cosmetology, criminal justice, electrical systems technology, HVAC, IT, legal assisting, massage therapy, allied health, office administration, and more.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant - Eve
  • Medical Assistant - Day
  • Dental Assistant - Day
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Locations: New London

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

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

Connecticut Ultrasound Career Outlook

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 38% increase in employment predicted through 2022.

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.

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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
  • And more...

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

  • Health Science, BS (Online)
  • Medical Assisting, AS (Online)
  • Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only)
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Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
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  • Medical Coding Specialist

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

Programs:

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Connecticut

The following program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (current as of November, 2014):

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

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 median annual salaries for sonographers in the major metropolitan areas of Connecticut.

Metropolitan Area  2013 Median Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $76,400
Danbury, CT $80,300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $79,100
New Haven, CT $77,300
Norwich-New London, CT-RI $90,000
Springfield, MA-CT $71,900
Waterbury, CT $73,500
Worcester, MA-CT $74,000

Career One-Stop, 2013 data. http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=09&x=75&y=6

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 2013.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Nuclear Medicine Tech
Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan $74,000 unavailable $74,000 unavailable
New Haven, CT $77,300 $63,200 $61,400 $72,600
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $76,400 $62,500 $61,900 $91,000
Hartford-West Hartford-East $79,100 $68,800 $63,700 $76,700
Norwich-New London, CT-RI $90,000 $58,100 $68,400 unavailable

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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