≡ Menu

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Maine | ME

Are you considering attending one of the ultrasound technician schools in Maine?  We’ll tell you about some of your options, plus give you information on the state of the industry, salary expectations, and more.  Spend some time exploring the rapidly growing field of diagnostic medical sonography.  Growth is expected to be almost 50% in the state of Maine, which is significantly higher than average, and it’s one of the highest paid careers available with just an associate’s degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has ranked Maine #5 in the nation in terms of expected job growth for sonographers.

Maine Ultrasound Career Outlook

Diagnostic medical sonographers, also called ultrasound technicians, play an important role in healthcare today. Using special equipment, ultrasound techs use sound waves to image the inside of the body, and those images are used by physicians to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. In 2012, the average annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Maine was $69,700, which is slightly higher than the national average of $65,900. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for ultrasound techs in the state will grow by 50% in the decade spanning 2010 through 2020.

Begin your career by requesting information from an ultrasound technician school in Maine, or one of the many other programs listed below.  You’ll have the opportunity to speak to a representative and have your questions answered.

Campus Ultrasound and Healthcare Schools in Maine

Matching School Ads
Don't wait another day to take the next step forward in your career. Kaplan University can give you the real-world knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science: Health and Wellness
  • Associate of Applied Science: Medical Assisting
  • MS in Nursing
  • And more...
Locations: AugustaSouth Portland

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
Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges. We offer a number of certificate programs in a variety of fields, including medical, allied health, massage therapy, nursing, and electrical training.

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: South PortlandKittery
Seacoast Career College offers career-focused education that gives you the skills you need to make the leap into your new career.

Programs:

  • Professional Medical Assistant
  • Health Claims Specialist
Locations: Sanford

Online Healthcare Schools in Maine

Matching School Ads

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)
  • And more...

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...
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
  • And more...

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Programs:

  • Allied Health Science (AS)
  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN)
  • Doctor of Nurse Practice
  • And more...

As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.

Programs:

  • M.S. in Nursing
  • Master of Health Administration/Education
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • And more...

Additional Accredited Schools in Maine

Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield, ME
Website: www.kvcc.me.edu

Certification Requirements in Maine

As of June, 2012, there are no licensure or certification requirements for diagnostic medical sonographers in Maine.  However, many states are discussing making the move toward required licensure, and many employers require it as well, so it’s a wise thing to consider while you’re pursuing your education. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification to sonographers. The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are currently two testing centers in Maine 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 Maine and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

The following table compares average annual salaries among several related careers, by major metropolitan area, and then compares them to the national average.

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area in Maine, 2012 Data

The following table compares average annual salaries earned in 2012 for sonographers, as well as similar careers.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
State average $69,700 $56,400 $54,600 $40,000
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME $71,000 $57,600 $57,900 $40,800
Southwest Maine (2010 data) $67,800 $64,300 $53,200 $38,500
National Average $65,900 $52,100 $54,600 $41,800

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career One Stop, url: http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=23&x=38&y=11

Recent Information & News
Getting Started in Medical Imaging Thumbnail

Getting Started in Medical Imaging

The idea of starting a new career can be intimidating. Whether you’re still in high school or want to change careers as an adult, we can help with a step-by-step guide that will take you through the process of achieving your long-term goals. Sonographers are ranked #6 among the 30 occupations projected to see the Continue Reading

Doctor with heart bandage

Arizona Heart Foundation’s School of Cardiac & Vascular Ultrasound

When you consider ultrasound schools, you might automatically think of colleges and universities. Did you know other types of institutions, like hospitals, medical centers…even charitable organizations, offer sonography programs too? The Arizona Heart Foundation based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a prime example. According to its website, it is “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the Continue Reading

Choosing a program

How to Choose an Ultrasound Technician Training Program

So you’re thinking of becoming an ultrasound technician or sonographer…  You may have already begun looking at the wealth of ultrasound training programs out there. Wondering how to choose the best one for you?  Let's explore some of the more important factors to consider. Tuition costs and location may seem like the best deciding factors. Continue Reading

Article by Wendy Fanello. Read more of her work on UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com & follow her on Google+.