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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Tennessee

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

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs:

  • Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Cookeville

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:

  • BS in Health Administration - Health Management
Locations: NashvilleCordova
Start your career with an education from Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers. We offer programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, computer/network technology, office technology, medical office technology, and massage therapy.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
Locations: Chattanooga
At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education that profoundly transforms lives, society, and the world. Our mission is to be a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship.

Other schools may prepare you for a career. Marian University prepares you for life.

Programs:

  • Accelerated BSN (20 Unit)
Locations: Nashville
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.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
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: Nashville
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.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science - Health Science with Concentration in Radiography or Nuclear Medicine
  • Certificate - Nuclear Medicine
  • Associate of Science - Radiography
  • And more...
Locations: Knoxville

 

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.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting Professional
  • Medical Assistant with Office Management
Locations: Memphis

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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For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

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  • Medical Assisting, AS (Online)
  • Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only)
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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.*

Programs:

  • BS in Heath and Wellness
  • Associate of Science in Health Science (Military Only)
  • MS in Nursing
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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:

  • B.S. in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • B.S. in Health Care Administration
  • M.S. in Health Care Administration

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family. Adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff foster a learning community where students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to enhance their lives and advance their careers.

Programs:

  • Health Sciences (MSHS)
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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
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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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