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If you’re interested in pursuing your degree at an ultrasound technician school in Washington, then you will have the opportunity to combine a quality education with a positive employment outlook.  The economy in Washington is said to be growing at a pace faster than that of the rest of the country, largely due to the thriving aerospace industry in the state.  The state has a highly educated workforce and a per capita income that is above average.  This all means more jobs in the health care industry, and a medical imaging degree will help you secure one of these sought after positions.

If you don’t see a sonography program in your area, consider exploring one of the many related fields. Listed below are programs for a variety of careers in healthcare. Request information from a school near you, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions to see if they will help you meet your long-term goals.

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Welcome to Carrington College - The Starting Point for Health Care Careers. With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions.

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Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute. We offer a number of certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs in the medical, allied health, dentistry, nursing, mortuary science, veterinary, and massage therapy fields.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
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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.

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  • Healthcare Coding Diploma
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Heald College provides hands-on educational programs that can help students prepare for careers in the healthcare, business, legal and technology fields. Heald takes a very personal approach to career education, offering small classes, intimate work groups and support systems designed to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

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Learning Options

A sonography degree prepares you for a variety of job functions from introducing future parents to a first look at their baby to identifying abnormalities, such as tumors, growing inside a patient’s organs.

Learning Options

What Level of Education Do I Need?

If you would like to become a diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician, ultimately your goal is to complete and pass the ARDMS exam. While not all states require such certification, the majority of clinics and hospitals prefer candidates to hold this professional credential.

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Washington Ultrasound Career Outlook

Diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median annual salary of $81,180 in Washington, which is significantly higher than the national average of $66,410 (2013 data). The state is also expecting strong career growth, with a 23% increase in employment forecasted through 2020.

Most ultrasound technicians in Washington have at least an associate’s degree in medical sonography, although some schools offer bachelor’s and even master’s programs for students looking for careers in management or teaching . Learn more about the career opportunities available to sonographers, and request information from schools to make sure they have the programs you’re looking for.

Benefits of an Ultrasound Degree

  • An associates degree will help prepare you for entry level sonography positions.
  • You can typically complete your program in two years.
  • Prerequisites are typically only a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • It provides a solid foundation from which to build your career.

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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.

Programs:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
  • AA: Medical Office Assistance
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Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has been categorized at the highest level of higher education: the Carnegie Commission (which evaluates the achievements of faculty, current research, leading edge curriculum, and accreditation) has recognized UC as a Doctoral/Research University — Extensive. Each year, this urban, public, nonprofit university graduates 5,000 students, adding to more than 200,000 living alumni around the world. The online programs connect students to a dynamic community of devoted educators, accessible research, and a dedicated support team.

Programs:

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Grounded in a tradition of excellence since 1958, a degree from Florida Tech puts you in good company. With a longstanding reputation of unmatched academics, Florida Tech has educated NASA scientists, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and highly decorated military generals. Join distinguished alumni and empower yourself with a career-building degree that employers value.  

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Healthcare Management
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Programs:

  • Master's – Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.

As part of a diagnostic medial sonography degree, often you will have the opportunity to specialize in an area such as:

  • Echocardiography
  • Obstetric sonography
  • Vascular technology
  • Abdominal sonography.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Washington

The following sonography programs in Washington have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of September, 2014:

Bellevue College – Bellevue, WA
Website: www.bellevuecollege.edu

Seattle University – Seattle, WA
Website: www.seattleu.edu

Spokane Community College – Spokane, WA
Website: www.scc.spokane.edu

Tacoma Community College – Tacoma, WA
Website: www.tacomacc.edu

Certification Requirements in Washington

The state of Washington does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. Though not legally required, many employers do ask for 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 10 locations throughout Washington State to take the exam, plus one in Burnaby, BC, 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. You can read more about testing requirements and the other ways to qualify for the exam at the ARDMS website.  Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Washington, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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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.

Programs:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
  • AA: Medical Office Assistance
  • And more...

Salary Outlook by Metropolitan Area

Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Bellingham, WA $81,000
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA $73,800
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA $81,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $85,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA $85,200
Spokane, WA $79,200
Tacoma, WA $78,400


The median salary in Washington in 2013 was $81,180, which is significantly higher than the national average of $66,410.

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Ultrasound Technician School in Seattle

Economic growth in the Puget Sound region tends to be greater than that of the rest of the nation, and after being hit by the recession, looks to be gaining strength yet again. A large driver of that is the aerospace industry in Seattle. As jobs growth is taking off again, employment in the healthcare industry will likely follow suit. In fact, according to the website seattle.gov, one out of every five jobs in Seattle is linked to the healthcare industry. Pursuing your diagnostic medical imaging degree in Seattle will put you in the middle of a growing field in a city with strong economic ties. In your spare time, you can meet up with friends at the Seattle Center, where you can tour the Experienced Music Project (EMP). Dine at fabulous restaurants downtown, shop at the world famous Pike Place Market, or visit the famous Fremont Troll. Whatever you enjoy, you’re likely to find it in Seattle.

Salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 data: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm

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