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Are you looking to obtain your education at an ultrasound technician school in Missouri?  You’ll be presented with a quality education and a favorable job market upon graduation, in a state where the median salary exceeds $66,000 per year.  Diagnostic medical sonographers (also called ultrasound technicians or sonographers) work in tandem with physicians to detect, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as monitor the growth and health of a fetus.  The work and training isn’t easy, but it’s worth it to be part of such an important and rewarding field.

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Get started on your career by requesting information from several ultrasound tech schools, or from one of the schools offering a related program within healthcare.  Make a list of questions beforehand, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a representative and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Programs

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Career Resources

Missouri Healthcare Career Resources

In 2013, diagnostic medical sonographers in Missouri earned a median salary of $66,700, which is on par with the national average of $66,410. Significant growth in the industry is expected, with an 36% increase in employment forecasted by 2022.  Surgical and general medical hospitals employed the most ultrasound techs, but employment can also be found in physicians’ offices and diagnostic imaging centers. Those who have a formal education and training will be more eligible for these competitive positions.

By The Numbers


Diagnostic medical sonographers in Missouri earned a median salary of $66,700 in 2014 (the most recent year data is available). This is higher than the national median of $67,500.

Job growth in the state for ultrasound techs is predicted to be 36% between 2012 and 2022.

Certification

Certification Requirements in Missouri

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Missouri does not currently require its diagnostic medical sonographers to carry a specific certification or licensure. In order to be competitive in the job market, obtaining certification is highly recommended, as most employers will strongly prefer or even require it. In addition, it’s being discussed in many states to begin to require a license to practice sonography, so it’s wise to look into it as you begin your education so that you’re prepared for the testing process.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification for sonographers, and the only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are currently six locations in Missouri to take the exam, plus numerous testing centers in surrounding areas. 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.

The ARDMS has a list of prerequisites that it requires in order to take their test. Graduating from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is probably one of the most common, but there are others as well, which are detailed on the ARDMS website. Read through them, and see which one will be the easiest for you to meet. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Missouri and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Additional Certification Information

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician do?

There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: ultrasounddchoolsinfo.com/ultrasound-technician. Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a sonographer.

How do I get started?

We’ll walk you through all of the steps, starting when you’re still in high school or before you’ve started any formal post-education program, all the way through finding a job and advancing in your career. Get Started Now.

How long do I have to go to school?

Most degree programs are completed within two years.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.

What other jobs can I get in healthcare?

There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.

City Spotlight: Kansas City

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO
In a June, 2015 blog article published by KCEconomy.com, “Greater Kansas City has started to make considerable headway in employment growth over the past year or so…What makes this growth even more impressive is the Kansas City region’s role as the jobs engine in both Kansas and Missouri.” The growing employment market in Kansas City includes healthcare, and there are gaps in the number of available healthcare jobs vs. the number of qualified applicants.

To be eligible for some of these available positions, a formal education is typically required, whether it be a bachelor’s degree, an associates, or completion of a certificate program. Consider attending a sonography program in Kansas City, where the median salary for sonographers of $71,600 in May, 2014, exceeded the national median.

Unfortunately, we were unable to locate the requested program in your area. You can find more options by visiting our Allied Healthcare School Directory.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Missouri

The following schools have sonography programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of July, 2015:

Cox College – Springfield, MO
Website: www.coxcollege.edu

Hillyard Technical Center – St. Joseph, MO
Website: www.hillyardtech.com

St Louis Community College-St. Louis – St Louis, MO
Website: www.stlcc.edu

St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City – Kansas City, MO
Website: saintlukeshealthsystem.org

University of Missouri-Columbia – Columbia, MO
Website: www.missouri.edu

Salary Outlook

Table 1 gives you the median annual salaries for diagnostic medical sonographers in the major metropolitan areas of Missouri:

Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO $58,000
Springfield, MO $61,000
St. Louis, MO-IL $66,700

Career One Stop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

Table 2 also compares median annual salaries in Missouri, and compares them with similar careers:

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL $65,100 unavailable $51,400 $44,300
Columbia, MO $61,200 $41,000 $51,600 unavailable
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO $58,000 unavailable $44,600 $38,800
Kansas City, MO-KS $69,800 unavailable unavailable $42,500
Springfield, MO $61,000 $37,100 $44,800 $37,500
St. Louis, MO-IL $66,700 $39,100 $51,000 $38,700

Career One Stop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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