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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Illinois | IL

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 average income for medical sonographers in 2012 was $67,200, which was higher than the national average of $65,900, with the top 90%  earning over $90,000  per year.  Employment through 2020 is expected to increase 27%.

The gross state product in Illinois is over $500 billion, which places it 5th in the nation, and it is also the 5th most populous state, with almost 13 million residents (2011).  Situated between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river, Illinois is a major transportation hub, from the Port of Chicago to O’Hare International Airport.  It also has great opportunities for fun when it’s time to take a break from your studies.

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):

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

In 2010, there were 233 diagnostic imaging centers in Illinois, employing 1,438 people.  This was a slight increase over the previous year.  On average, those employees earned $56,424.  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, 2012 data

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

Metropolitan Area 2010 Median Salary
Champaign-Urbana, IL $63,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL $71,800
Danville, IL $70,700
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL $49,000
Peoria, IL $52,700
Rockford, IL $75,000
Springfield, IL $67,800
St. Louis, MO-IL $65,300

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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.

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