Interested in attending ultrasound technician school in Oregon? We’ll discuss accredited programs below, tell you about how the field is growing, what salary you can expect to earn as a diagnostic imaging technician, and what the certification requirements are in the state.
Due to the cost of setting up a facility for ultrasound training, some communities cannot offer a program specific to diagnostic medical sonography. In these situations, students may wish to learn about related programs, such as the ones listed below. Job growth is expected across the healthcare industry, so find a career that interests you and fits your long-term goals. Explore the list of schools, request information from them, and get your questions answered regarding the programs and degrees offered.
Accredited Sonography Schools in Oregon
Oregon does not currently have any ultrasound technician schools that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is the major accrediting body for sonography programs. However, there are programs in neighboring California and Washington that students can attend, or they may choose to pursue another health technician education within the state.
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.*
- BS in Heath and Wellness
- Associate of Science in Health Science (Military Only)
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.
- MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
- AA: Medical Office Assistance
- B.S. in Health Studies - Health Management
- B.S. in Health Studies - Health Communication
- B.S. in Health Studies - Self-Designed
- And more...
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.
- Allied Health Science (AS)
- Medical Coding and Billing
Oregon Ultrasound Career Outlook
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has an estimated employment growth of just .3% by 2020 for diagnostic medical sonographers, which is essentially considered static job growth. It is the 2nd highest paying state for ultrasonographers, with an annual median salary of $84,780 (May, 2013 data), which is considerably higher than the national median of $66,410. Most diagnostic medical sonographers in Oregon are employed by general medical and surgical hospitals.
According to Oregon’s Workforce website (qualityinfo.org), “Workers must have an associate degree to gain the necessary skills for this occupation. However, those with a bachelor’s degree have a competitive advantage in this labor market.” With such a high employment outlook and the opportunity to earn some of the highest wages in the country, it makes sense to pursue your degree in Oregon.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 data. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
Certification Requirements in Oregon
Oregon’s Board of Medical Imaging has declared that “persons practicing in Oregon in diagnostic medical imaging modalities must have a current two-year license or permit from the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI)”. As of As of January 1st, 2014, the OBMI requires that practicing sonographers either:
To fully understand the change in the law, and to apply for the Oregon state license, please visit oregon.gov/OBMI.
Most employers also require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are many locations throughout Oregon to take the exam, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing company 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. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Oregon, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2012 Data
|Metropolitan Area||Ultrasound Tech||Cardiovascular Tech||Radiology Tech||Nuclear Medicine Tech|
|State wide average||$82,600||$68,800||$63,500||$81,100|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1
Things to do in Oregon
Oregon is a beautiful state, with many activities to pursue, regardless of the city in which you choose to attend ultrasound technician school. If you love the outdoors, Oregon offers fine beaches, world class skiing and mountain climbing, and everything in between. Portland, Oregon’s most populous city, offers big-city amenities with a college town feel. It’s been on the top ten of everything from “Least expensive cities” to “Best places to live”, and combines breath-taking scenery and a laid back feel with a fun and friendly social scene. Pursuing your education in Oregon combines the best of many worlds. Request information from schools today to get started!