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Diagnostic medical sonographers play an integral role in the healthcare of their patients.  By using special technology, they take images of the inside of the body.  Physicians then use those images to prevent and treat disease.  Probably the most thought of function of an ultrasound technician is during a woman’s pregnancy, when they get images of the fetus to monitor its growth and health.  As with most of the medical field, the demand is growing for diagnostic medical sonographers.  Growth across the country is expected to be 44% by 2020, and employment numbers for South Carolina are predicted to be 43% greater by 2022.

South Carolina

Be part of this growing field by attending ultrasound technician schools in South Carolina. In a state where the typical level of education is below the national average, a degree in your chosen field will help you stand out from the competition. Start by requesting information, and then speak with a representative of the school to have your questions answered. Be prepared with what you want to discuss to make sure the school will meet your needs. If you don’t see a sonography program in your area, you might want to consider exploring one of the related programs listed below.

Programs

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

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Locations: Greenville

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Career Resources

South Carolina Healthcare Career Resources

Diagnostic medical sonography is a popular career choice due to its rewarding nature, as well as the typically short educational and training period. In fact, it’s one of the highest paid professions available with just an associate’s degree. Employment in the healthcare industry in South Carolina is looking up, and significant growth is expected in medical imaging.

By The Numbers


In South Carolina, the median annual wage in May, 2014 (the most recent data available) was $57,900.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for ultrasound techs will increase by 43% in the decade spanning 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than average.

Certification

Certification Requirements in S. Carolina

flag of South CarolinaSouth Carolina has no specific requirements for diagnostic medical sonographers to practice in the state. However, most employers prefer or even require their ultrasound techs to carry a professional certification, so it’s something that you’ll want to consider as you begin to consider your education and career path.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification for sonographers, and you must pass one of their tests to gain their certification. South Carolina has three testing centers available, but you may find a location near you by looking in the surrounding states as well. Find the locations and their 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 sit for the exam, you must meet one of the prerequisites that the ARDMS has set forth. Probably the most common one is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), but there are others as well. Review the list found on the ARDMS website and see which prerequisite will be the easiest 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.

City Spotlight: Myrtle Beach

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC
The economy of Myrtle Beach is based primarily around tourism, but healthcare workers are also in high demand. Myrtle Beach Hospital is one of the top employers in the city, and the Market Common area is expecting significant growth in healthcare jobs. Students who successfully complete a sonography program in Myrtle Beach will emerge into a positive job market with competitive salaries.

Job growth for ultrasound technicians across the state is expected to be 43% by 2022. The median annual salary for sonographers in the Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway metropolitan area was $55,500 as of May, 2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Programs:

  • AAS - Medical Assistant
  • AAS - Medical Office Administration
  • Certificate in Medical Billing & Coding
  • And more...
Locations: Greenville

Accredited Sonography Schools in South Carolina

The following schools have programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of September 2015:

Greenville Technical College – Greenville, SC
Website: www.greenvilletech.com

Horry Georgetown Technical College – Conway, SC
Website: www.hgtc.edu

Salary Outlook

Table 1 compares the average ultrasound technician salary by metropolitan area in South Carolina.

Metropolitan Area 2010 Median Salary
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC $54,300
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC $59,600
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC $60,200
Columbia, SC $53,000
Florence, SC $54,900
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC $58,700
Spartanburg, SC $62,700

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

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Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2010 Data

There are several careers that are closely related to sonography, and Table 2 compares the average annual salary for those careers, in different metropolitan areas in South Carolina.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC $54,300 $49,000 $47,300 $35,900
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC $59,600 $54,700 $52,200 $34,800
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC $60,200 $57,400 $54,800 $38,600
Columbia, SC $53,000 unavailable $49,500 $36,000
Florence, SC $54,900 $39,000 $49,800 $36,500
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC $58,700 $47,700 $48,100 $34,900
Spartanburg, SC $62,700 $45,400 $47,000 $34,800
Upper Savannah South Carolina $53,600 $43,700 $46,600 $36,900

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

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