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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Washington

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.

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

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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 . Begin by requesting information from schools to make sure they have the programs you’re looking for.

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.

Salary Outlook by Metropolitan Area

Metropolitan Area 2010 Median Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA $77,600
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA $71,300
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA $75,200
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $83,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA $81,300
Spokane, WA $76,100
Tacoma, WA $75,300

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

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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