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Ultrasound Technician Schools in New Mexico | NM

Interested in attending ultrasound technician schools in New Mexico? It’s a great time to get started, since growth in the field is expected to be a whopping 27%. Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in healthcare. By using special equipment, they take images of the inside of the body. They work closely with physicians, who use those images to detect, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus inside an expectant mother.

We’ll tell you about the options you have for school, as well as the job outlook and salary expectations for ultrasound technicians and related careers in New Mexico.

Campus Ultrasound and Healthcare Schools in New Mexico

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:

  • Master of Health Administration/Sustainability Management
Locations: Albuquerque

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute. We offer a number of certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs in the medical, allied health, dentistry, nursing, mortuary science, veterinary, and massage therapy fields.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
Locations: Albuquerque
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:

  • AS - Nursing
Locations: Albuquerque
Get hands-on training with Vista College. We offer certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs in a wide variety of fields at our campuses in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Beaumont, El Paso, Lubbock, Longview, and Killeen, Texas.

Programs:

  • Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Las Cruces

Pursue a new career path with quality education from Excel Learning Center. Our programs in Healthcare, Management, and IT Technical will prepare you for a fulfilling career. You’ll receive hands-on training that gives you the experience that employers look for in a prospective employee.   Our main objective is to provide quality educational programs in order to accomplish our goal of helping our students gain employment in a rewarding career while preparing them to adapt to the continuous changes they will face once they become a value member of the workforce.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
Locations: El Paso

Online Healthcare Schools in New Mexico

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...
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...

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...


Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque, NM
Website: www.cnm.edu

Dona Ana Community College – Las Cruces, NM
Website: http://dabcc.nmsu.edu

New Mexico Ultrasound Career Outlook

In 2010 (the most recent year data is available), diagnostic medical sonographers earned an average of $66,500, which is a little higher than the national average of $64,400. Predicted growth in the field is expected to be much higher than average, with a 27% increase in employment expected in the decade spanning 2008 through 2018. Ultrasound techs typically work in surgical or general medical hospitals in New Mexico, but employment can also be found at physicians’ offices and private diagnostic medical imaging centers throughout the state.

Certification Requirements in New Mexico

New Mexico is one of only two states (the other is Oregon) to require a license to practice sonography in the state. The license is granted by the State of New Mexico, and the states charges a maximum of $100.00 to obtain the license, which is good for two years. You can read more about New Mexico’s requirements at SDMS.org/news/newmexicoarticle.  Licensure is different than certification, which many employers will require as an addition to the state license.

To be competitive in the workforce, certification is something you’ll definitely want to consider.  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. According to the ARDMS website, there is only one testing center in the state to take the exam, although there are several 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.

In order to take the ARDMS exam, one of their prerequisites must be met.  Probably the most common way to meet their requirements is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), but this is certainly not the only way.  Read through the requirements on the ARDMS website, and determine which will be the easiest one for you to meet.

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2010 Data

This table tells you about the average salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in New Mexico, where available, and compares them across similar careers. The information is compared within major metropolitan areas, as well as state and nation-wide.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
Albuquerque, NM $66,900 $45,000 $57,900 $37,200
Eastern New Mexico $65,500 unavailable $46,200 $25,500
New Mexico $66,500 $46,300 $54,800 $34,100
United States $64,400 $49,400 $54,400 $39,900

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Albuquerque

If you’re lucky enough to attend school in Albuquerque, you’ll find much to do in your time off from your studies. One of the most popular events in the city is the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held each October. The famous balloon festival is said to be the most photographed event in the world. You can also go hiking on dormant volcanoes, mountain biking, golfing, or relaxing by a pool with a cold beer. Just keep in mind that alcohol can affect your body differently at the higher elevations found here!

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