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According to a report generated by the University of Tennessee, the prediction is for a strong economic outlook for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013.  As things are looking up for the state, it’s a great time to pursue an education at an ultrasound technician school in Tennessee.

Graduating with an associate’s or a certificate in medical imaging will help you gain employment in a state that’s expected to sustain career growth of 11%. If you don’t see a sonography program in your area, you may want to consider exploring one of the related careers listed below.

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South College, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, can help you achieve your goals. We offer a small college environment, quality programs, and flexible day, evening, or Saturday classes.

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  • Associate of Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
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Locations: Knoxville

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.

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Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
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Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.  In fields as diverse as Business, Medical, Technical, Trades, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness, and Veterinary, as well as many continuing education opportunities, the school has provided the latest training to give students the skills they need.

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  • Medical Assistant with Limited Radiography Technology
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Locations: Memphis

Virginia College  continues the tradition ofgiving lives new direction, fulfilling our mission statement tostudents wherever they live and offering the chance to pursue adegree while maintaining commitments to work and family.

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  • AAS - Medical Assistant
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Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center. We offer programs in dental assisting, medical assisting, medical insurance billing and office administration, and pharmacy tech.

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Tennessee Ultrasound Career Outlook

The average annual salary in 2010 was $55,100, which puts Tennessee below the national average of $64,400. Job growth is also expected to be below the national average, with an 11% increase expected for diagnostic medical sonographers, compared with 18% nationally.

Overall, the education level of Tennessseans is below that of the rest of the county, and this could be key to how well the economy in Tennessee rebounds. Pursuing a certificate or a degree in medical imaging should put you ahead of the curve in terms of employment opportunities.

With a 55.5% growth rate, Tennessee is 5th in the nation for the rate in which the Hispanic population is increasing. This puts a unique demand on both the health care and the educational system, and creates new job opportunities for graduates who are bilingual or multi-lingual.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Tennessee

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

Baptist Memorial College of Health Science – Memphis, TN
Website: www.bchs.edu

Chattanooga State Community College – Chattanooga, TN
Website: www.chattanoogastate.edu

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare – Memphis, TN
Website: www.methodisthealth.org

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN
Website: www.vanderbilt.edu

Volunteer State Community College – Gallatin, TN
Website: www.volstate.edu

Certification Requirements in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. However, many employers do 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 Tennessee 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. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Tennessee, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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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.*

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Salary Outlook by Metropolitan Area

 Metropolitan Area 2010 Median Salary
Chattanooga, TN-GA $55,400
Chattanooga, TN-GA $57,900
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA $53,800
Knoxville, TN $53,500
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN $64,400

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

Ultrasound Technician School in Knoxville

Knoxville was recently named the best city to find jobs by Forbes magazine. For the Spring of 2012, 25% of employers expect to add jobs to their payroll, and the healthcare industry in Knoxville is said to be doing particularly well. With such a positive employment outlook, pursuing your medical imaging education in Knoxville should present you with great opportunities upon graduation. In your spare time, you can explore World’s Fair Park, meet up with friends at the Knoxville Zoo, or drive to beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just 37 miles from downtown.

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