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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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You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College. Our accelerated Associates Degree, and Certificate programs are designed to help you complete your education as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We provide students not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

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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.

Programs:

  • Healthcare Coding Diploma
  • Health Care Management B.S.
Locations: Portland

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities. Established in 1997, the Milken Institute SPH brings together the fields of medicine, business and education to develop professionals with the skills and knowledge to tackle complex global health challenges. 

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.

Programs:

  • Executive Master of Health Administration
Locations: Washington

Brandman University, part of the prestigious 150-year-old Chapman University system is a private, non-profit regionally accredited university that offers a high quality education for non-traditional adult students.

At Brandman University, students can choose from over 50 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs in Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, Education and Nursing and Health professions.

Programs:

  • Certificate in Health Administration
Locations: Olympia

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Washington Healthcare Career Resources

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.

By The Numbers


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.

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Certification Requirements in Washington

Washington State FlagThe 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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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: Seattle

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Seattle

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WalletHub determined that Seattle, Washington is the “Best City for Jobs” in 2015; and those interested in healthcare will be pleased to know that one in every five of the city’s jobs is tied to healthcare. “Seattle’s Healthcare Industry sector, which includes healthcare professionals, hospitals, healthcare products, healthcare services, and research and training organizations; provides 96,000 jobs and contributes over $10 billion to the local economy,” states Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.

Ultrasound technicians and sonographers are among those healthcare professionals in demand in Seattle. According to Washington State’s Employment Security Department, 24 diagnostic medical sonographer job openings are estimated for each year (2012-2022) in the Seattle King WDA. In the same area, the average income for sonographers was $87,433/year in June 2014.

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; and there are several sonography schools to choose from, in the city or nearby. When you’re not studying or working, check out some of Seattle’s 1,840 cultural and recreational venues—the highest density of cultural venues in U.S. cities according to PropertyShark. From the Experience Music Project (EMP) created by Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul G. Allen, to the world famous, must-visit, Pike Place Market, there is plenty to keep you entertained! Go Hawks!

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Brandman University, part of the prestigious 150-year-old Chapman University system is a private, non-profit regionally accredited university that offers a high quality education for non-traditional adult students.

At Brandman University, students can choose from over 50 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs in Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, Education and Nursing and Health professions.

Programs:

  • Certificate in Health Administration
Locations: Olympia

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

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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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 Health and Wellness
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Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

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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
  • AA: Medical Office Assistance
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