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Diagnostic medical sonography is a field that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will increase by 46% by the year 2022, nation-wide, with sonographers in Kentucky expecting growth of 39%.  Ultrasound technicians, the specialists who work in sonography, use special equipment to image the inside of the body.  They work closely with physicians to prevent, detect, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus.

If you are considering attending one of the ultrasound technician schools in Kentucky, you’ll be presented with an education that will make you much more employable in a competitive field.  Overall, Kentucky has a low level of educational attainment, so being prepared for the job market armed with a degree and training will set you above the rest.  Begin by requesting information from a school listed below. You’ll find not only sonography programs, but programs for related careers in the healthcare industry. Be prepared with the questions you want to ask, and you’ll have a chance to speak with a representative of the school to go over the things that interest you.

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Kentucky Ultrasound Career Outlook

The median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Kentucky, as of May 2013, was $57,370. Significant growth in the field is expected between 2012 and 2022, with forecasts of a 45% increase in employment. The population in Kentucky has been declining over recent years. That, combined with an overall aging population, creates unique opportunities for graduates. Not only do aging individuals need more healthcare, but they create opportunities as they vacate positions in retirement. Read on to learn about the salaries that can be earned in Kentucky in diagnostic medical sonography as well as related careers.

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Louisville, KY
Louisville has outperformed the rest of the country in terms of job growth and income over the last decade, and the healthcare industry has been a strong partner in driving that growth. The greater Louisville business and education community has recently developed a program called Degrees at Work, which aims to increase the number of working adults who possess a college degree. The program aims to ease the transition back to school by providing resources around college knowledge, affordability, logistics, and ongoing support.

Be part of this educated community by attending a program that trains you to be a qualified healthcare provider, whether it be in sonography or another part of the allied health field. The median salary for sonographers in May, 2014 was $55,100 (BLS.org).

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Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Kentucky

As you consider your educational options, there are many factors to include, from cost and proximity to program availability, but one of the most important is accreditation. The following ultrasound technician schools in Kentucky have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of July 2015:

Hazard Community and Technical College – Hazard, KY
Website: www.hazard.kctcs.edu

Jefferson Community and Technical College – Louisville – Louisville, KY
Website: www.jefferson.kctcs.edu

Morehead State University – Morehead, KY
Website: www.moreheadstate.edu

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College – Bowling Green, KY
Website: www.bowlinggreen.kctcs.edu

St Catharine College – St Catharine, KY
Website: www.sccky.edu

West Kentucky Community and Technical College – Paducah, KY
Website: www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu

Certification Requirements in Kentucky

Kentucky does not require their diagnostic medical sonographers to carry a license or specific certification. However, many states are discussing making the move toward required licensure, and many employers prefer it as well, so it’s a smart thing to consider. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification to sonographers. The only way to earn this is by taking and passing their exam. There are currently two locations in Kentucky to take the exam. Find the locations and contact information 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. Graduating from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is probably the easiest, but there are others as well, which are detailed on the ARDMS website. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about the certification and educational requirements they have. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Kentucky and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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Salary Outlook

This table gives you average salaries in the major metropolitan areas of Kentucky as of 2013.

Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Evansville, IN-KY $54,600
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH $60,600
Lexington-Fayette, KY $62,500
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN $54,900

Career OneStop, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

The next table also gives average salaries by area, but also compares them to similar careers.

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Nuclear Medicine Tech
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN $62,400 $48,400 $53,200 $61,900
Lexington-Fayette, KY $62,500 $36,500 $45,300 $59,200
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN $54,900 $51,600 $50,500 $60,000
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH $60,600 $50,600 $46,900 unavailable

Career OneStop, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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