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If you’re interested in attending one of the ultrasound technician schools in New Jersey, the first step is to research the career, and then find a program in your area. We’ve done much of the work for you, and here you’ll find job growth data and salary expectations, certification requirements specific to New Jersey, as well as a comprehensive list of sonography programs in the state.

Request information and find a program that will aid you in your career goals.  Pursuing a career in medical imaging is a wise move in New Jersey as the state is expected to have strong career growth in the field.

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Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Our program can be completed in as little as 16 months. We offer program specializations in general or cardiac sonography, both of which include vascular ultrasound training.

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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General Concentration)
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Get everything you need for the medical career you want. Sanford-Brown Institute's advanced programs allow you to complete your certificate or degree program in as little as 9 months. Learn more today.

Programs:

  • Certificate in Medical Assistant
  • Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding
Locations: Iselin

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Learning Options

A sonography degree prepares you for a variety of job functions from introducing future parents to a first look at their baby to identifying abnormalities, such as tumors, growing inside a patient’s organs.

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What Level of Education Do I Need?

If you would like to become a diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician, ultimately your goal is to complete and pass the ARDMS exam. While not all states require such certification, the majority of clinics and hospitals prefer candidates to hold this professional credential.

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New Jersey Ultrasound Career Outlook

As of 2012, there were 2550 people employed as a diagnostic medical sonographer in the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for those sonographers in New Jersey is expected to grow by 39% in the decade spanning 2012-2022.  Sonographers earned a median salary of $68,300 per year in 2013, which is above the national median.

If you don’t see a sonography program in your area, consider one of the related programs listed below. Nation-wide, job growth is expected across the healthcare industry.

Benefits of an Ultrasound Degree

  • An associates degree will help prepare you for entry level sonography positions.
  • You can typically complete your program in two years.
  • Prerequisites are typically only a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • It provides a solid foundation from which to build your career.

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As part of a diagnostic medial sonography degree, often you will have the opportunity to specialize in an area such as:

  • Echocardiography
  • Obstetric sonography
  • Vascular technology
  • Abdominal sonography.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals

A significant percentage of the U.S. population does not speak English as their first language. For Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, this can prove to be a barrier to obtaining quality medical care.

In New Jersey, 1.1 million citizens, who speak English as a 2nd or even 3rd language, have difficulty understanding the information presented to them by their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare providers who speak a second language can have increased job opportunities available to them, especially in New Jersey, which has historically been a destination-state for immigrants.

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in New Jersey

There are many factors to consider when choosing a sonography program, from cost and proximity to job placement scores, but one of the most important is accreditation. The following ultrasound technician schools in New Jersey have been accredited for diagnostic medical imaging by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of December 2014:

American Institute of Medical Science and Education – Piscataway, NJ
Website: www.aimseducation.edu

Bergen Community College – Paramus, NJ
Website: www.bergen.edu

Burlington County College – Pemberton, NJ
Website: www.bcc.edu/pages/1.asp

JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools – Plainsfield, NJ
Website: www.muhlenbergschools.org

Medical Career Institute – Ocean, NJ
Website: www.medicalcareerinstitute.net

Rowan College at Gloucester County – Sewell, NJ
Website: www.rcgc.edu

Sanford Brown Institute-Iselin – Iselin, NJ
Website: www.sb-nj.com

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey(Program Formerly UMDNJ) – Scotch Plains, NJ
Website: rbhs.rutgers.edu/landing.html

Certification Requirements in New Jersey

New Jersey does not require licensure to be an ultrasound technician.  However, most employers require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), which is the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography. The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam.  There are many locations throughout New Jersey to take the exam, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing agency 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 New Jersey, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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City Spotlight: Newark

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Newark

Newark, NJ
Newark may have previously had a bad reputation, but its continuous revitalization is proving the major New Jersey city is more than just a transportation stop-off point. Just one of Newark’s qualities is it being an educational hub and it boasts tens of thousands of college and university students.

If you are interested in a sonography career, there are several ultrasound technician schools in or near Newark. As far as employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Newark-Union metropolitan area had 570 diagnostic medical sonographers working as of May 2013, and they were earning an average of $69,100/year.

In addition, among all of New Jersey’s “occupations with the most projected percentage growth” for 2010-2020 sonographers show the seventh highest outlook with a 28.8% increase and an average of 90 job openings each year (as reported by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development).

While living in Newark for school or work there is plenty to enjoy, from major sports games and concerts to high-caliber cuisine, vibrant nightlife and a myriad of attractions like one of the country’s biggest gothic cathedrals, the 80 galleries in the Newark Museum and the blossoming cherry trees in Branch Brooch Park.

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Job/Salary Outlook

The median salary in 2013 was $68,300.00 in New Jersey, which is slightly higher than the national median for sonographers.  Wages differ by metropolitan area, medical provider, and skill and education level.

Metropolitan Area Median Salary
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ $65,900
Camden, NJ $71,600
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ $69,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ $66,600
Newark-Union, NJ-PA $69,500
Trenton-Ewing, NJ $73,300

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