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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Montana

If you’re thinking of attending ultrasound technician schools in Montana, you’ll have the opportunity of a very favorable job market upon graduation, in a state where the average salary exceeds $68,000. According to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the healthcare industry is growing at a faster rate than nearly every other industry in Montana. The same can be said for the specialty of diagnostic medical sonography, with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting a whopping 58% job growth through 2020.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has ranked Montana #1 in the nation in terms of expected job growth for sonographers.

Sonography programs are costly for schools to operate, so if you don’t see a program in your area, consider one of the many other health technician programs.  Get started on your career by requesting information from several ultrasound tech schools in Montana, or from a school offering one of many related programs 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.

Campus Ultrasound and Healthcare Schools in Montana

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Online Healthcare Schools in Montana

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*

Programs:

  • BS in Heath and Wellness
  • Associate of Science in Health Science (Military Only)
  • MS in Nursing
  • 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...
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the same curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same degree, 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...
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...

Touro University Worldwide is a nonprofit institution of higher learning established by philanthropic visionaries who are committed to developing a passionate, connected learning community that can help students achieve their individual academic goals.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences

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
  • A.A. in Health Care Administration
  • Master of Health Administration/Education
  • And more...

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.

Programs:

  • M.S. in Nursing: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology
  • M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Bridge)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • And more...

Capella combines outstanding academics with a supportive faculty and staff in a program designed for working adults.

An education that blends theory and practice to fuel your career

Programs:

  • DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited)
  • MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)
  • MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)
  • And more...
The ITT Technical Institutes offer programs in some of today's hottest technical areas. With over 100 locations nationwide and several online programs available, the ITT Techs are one of the leading providers of technology education. Each ITT Tech offers convenient class schedules and Career Services are offered to help you find a job.

Programs:

  • BS - Nursing
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.

Programs:

  • Dental Assistant

Montana Ultrasound Career Outlook

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to take images of the inside of the body.  Those images are used by physicians to detect, diagnost, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus inside an expectant mother.  The training and work aren’t easy, but it’s a rewarding career, both emotionally and financially.  Montana’s diagnostic medical sonographers earned an average of $68,30000 in 2012, which is the most current year that data is available. This is a bit higher than the national average, which was $65,900. The medical field overall is expecting significant job growth, and that certainly is true for sonography. Employment in the decade spanning 2010 through 2020 is expected to be much higher than average, with an increase of 58% predicted.

Certification Requirements in Montana

There is no current requirement for diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed or certified in Montana. Many states are considering adopting that requirement, and it’s a common thing for employers to prefer, so certification is something that you’ll want to consider as you pursue your education.

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 only two testing centers in Montana to take the exam, and you may want to search for centers in neighboring states. 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 Montana and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2010 Data

This table compares average annual salaries across similar careers, in the metropolitan areas of Montana.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Surgical Tech Radiology Tech All Other Health Technologists
Billings, MT $62,400 $39,900 unavailable unavailable
Southwestern Montana $76,100 $38,300 $47,600 $45,800
Western Montana $71,400 $36,400 $46,200 $32,400
Missoula, MT unavailable $41,900 $46,000 unavailable
Montana $67,200 $38,900 $47,400 $35,300
United States $64,400 $39,900 $54,400 $38,500

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career OneStop
*http://www.careerinfonet.org/carout3.asp?optstatus=111111111&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=12&jobfam=29&order=Percent
*http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=30&x=59&y=14

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