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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 40%. 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.

Ghost Ranch, NM

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

Programs

5 Programs Found

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Programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Care Administration
Locations: Albuquerque
Since its beginnings in 1941, National American University has been a cornerstone of higher education, keeping pace with the ever-changing advancements of technology, while holding onto core values that provide a caring and supportive environment for all students.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting A.A.S.
  • Medical Administrative Assistant A.A.S.
  • Healthcare Coding Diploma
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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
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • And more...
Locations: Las Cruces

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Patient Care Technician
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Baccalaureate Degree Graduates
  • And more...
Locations: Albuquerque

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Programs:

  • BS in Health and Wellness
  • AS in Health Science
  • Medical Assisting
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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)
  • Nurse Educator (PGC)
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Programs:

  • Online Executive Master of Health Administration

Career Resources

New Mexico Healthcare Career Resources

As of May, 2014, diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median salary of $66,600. Predicted growth in the field is expected to be much higher than average, with a 40% increase in employment expected in the decade spanning 2012 through 2022. 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.

By The Numbers


Median salary is $66,600 for sonographers in New Mexico.

Employment is expected to increase by 40% by 2022.

Certification

Certification Requirements in New Mexico

State of New Mexico FlagNew Mexico is one of only three states (the others are Oregon and N. Dakota) to require a license to practice sonography. The license is granted by the State of New Mexico, and the state charges a maximum of $100.00 to obtain the license, which is good for two years (as of Dec 2014). You can read more about New Mexico’s requirements at https://www.env.nm.gov/nmrcb/radtech.html. 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.

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.

Accredited Sonography Schools in New Mexico

The following schools have sonography programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of December 2014:

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

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

City Spotlight: Albuquerque

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM
In a July, 2015 report released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, job growth in education and health services was reported to outpace every other industry in June, adding over 7,700 jobs. In Albuquerque, available jobs has increased steadily from a low in 2012. Job growth is steady not only for sonographers, but for other fields in allied health. Diagnostic medical sonographers have been ranked #80 in the list of the top 100 highest paying jobs in the city.

If you’re lucky enough to attend a sonography program 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.

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Since its beginnings in 1941, National American University has been a cornerstone of higher education, keeping pace with the ever-changing advancements of technology, while holding onto core values that provide a caring and supportive environment for all students.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting A.A.S.
  • Medical Administrative Assistant A.A.S.
  • Healthcare Coding Diploma
  • And more...
Locations: Albuquerque

Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 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 $68,100 $63,700 $57,500 $40,200
Santa Fe, NM $76,200 unavailable unavailable unavailable
New Mexico $68,100 $66,800 $55,500 $38,700
United States $66,410 $53,200 $55,200 $42,700

Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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