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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Illinois

Pursuing your education at one of the ultrasound technician schools in Illinois will help to put you in a position for a solid education combined with the ability to earn an above average salary.  The median annual income for medical sonographers in 2013 in the Chicago Metropolitan area was $70,960, which was higher than the national median salary of $66,410.  Employment through 2022 is expected to increase 46%.

Chicago, Illinois

Below you will find programs for medical sonography, as well as those for related careers. Take a moment to request information from a school, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak with a representative to have your questions answered, and to make sure that their programs align with your long-term career goals.

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Illinois

Accreditation of a program or institution is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing your sonography program. The following ultrasound technician schools in Illinois have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of September, 2014:

College of DuPage – Glen Ellyn, IL
Website: www.cod.edu

Harper College – Palatine, IL
Website: www.HarperCollege.edu

John A. Logan College – Carterville, IL
Website: www.jalc.edu

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Website: www.nmh.org

Rush University – Chicago, IL
Website: www.rush.edu

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL
Website: www.siu.edu

Triton College – River Grove, IL
Website: www.triton.edu

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Illinois Ultrasound Career Outlook

Significant job growth in the healthcare industry is expected in Illinois, with job growth specific to sonographers expected to be 46% in the decade spanning 2012 to 2022.  General medical and surgical hospitals offer the highest level of employment in sonography.  The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan area has the 2nd highest employment in medical imaging in the country (BLS).

Certification Requirements in Illinois

Illinois does not require certification to be an ultrasound technician.  However, most employers 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 Illinois 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, which is not easy to get when you are not ARDMS certified.  A bit of a catch-22, but a reality in today’s working environment.   Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Illinois, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Sonography Salary Outlook in Illinois, 2013 data

The following table compares the median salary for sonographers across the major metropolitan areas of Illinois.

Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Champaign-Urbana, IL $65,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL $72,300
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL $49,500
Peoria, IL $55,900
Rockford, IL $69,900
Springfield, IL $66,600
St. Louis, MO-IL $66,700

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Ultrasound Technician School in Chicago

Chicago, sometimes referred to as “the city that works”, has a positive employment outlook in a city of 9.3 million people. Over 65% of the state’s population lives in the Chicago Metropolitan area, or “Chicagoland” as it’s commonly referred to. Shop along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”, an eight-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue, offering every kind of shop imaginable. Explore art and architecture in Millennium Park, catch an amazing view of the city at the Sears Tower, or go see the Bulls play at the United Center. Pursuing your ultrasound degree in Chicago should pay off with good employment opportunities, as health care has been identified as the third fastest growing industry in the city.

All job growth and salary statistics provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unless otherwise noted:  http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm

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