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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Alabama

Find Alabama’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs in 2021.

Montgomery, Alabama

Pursuing a degree at an ultrasound technician school in Alabama in 2021 will allow you to prepare for a job in a growing industry.  Below you will find a directory of accredited sonography schools in the Alabama area to help you get started.

Alabama’s Department of Industrial Relations has predicted that there will be a high demand for healthcare support occupations in the state. At the same time, the median age of the workforce in Alabama is expected to increase, as well as elsewhere in the country. This helps to create an opportunity for those entering the workforce, as there are retiree jobs to fill along with the creation of new jobs. All of this, combined with the state’s low cost of living, makes it a wise choice to pursue your degree at one of the ultrasound technician schools in Alabama.

If you don’t find a sonography school listed in your area, consider one of the healthcare support programs listed later on the page. Request information from a school to see if they have a program that will help you achieve your long-term goals.

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Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Alabama in 2021

There are many factors to consider when choosing your sonography program in Alabama. Cost, proximity, and available programs are all important, though accreditation should be one of the primary considerations. The following ultrasound technician schools in Alabama have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of July, 2020:

Institution Name Location Program Director Initial Accreditation Date
Gadsden State Community College 1001 George Wallace Dr Gadsden, AL 35903 Rebecca Southern MOL, RDMS, RVS 3/20/2020
H. Council Trenholm State Technical College 1225 Air Base Blvd
PO Box 10048
Montgomery, AL 36108
Brandi Merrill BS, RDMS, RVT 10/20/2000
Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics One Timber Way Suite 102
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Kathryn Gill MS, RT(R), RDMS 9/17/2004
Lurleen B Wallace Community College 1708 North Main St
Opp, AL 36467
Olivia E Bush BSRT(R), RDMS, RVT 5/20/2011
Wallace State Community College 801 Main Street NW
PO Box 2000
Hanceville, AL 35077
April Sutherland MHSc, RDMS, RVT, RCS 5/19/1994

 

If you’re currently enrolled in or have been accepted to a CAAHEP accredited program, you’re also eligible to apply for the UltrasoundSchoolsInfo semi-annual $1,000 scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Ultrasound Tech Certification Requirements in Alabama

While Alabama does not require their diagnostic medical sonographers to be certified, many states are considering moving towards licensure. Additionally, many employers do require professional certification, typically through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are six locations in Alabama to take the exam, and you can find them here.

Requirements for Ultrasound Technician Certification in Alabama

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 the testing prerequisites here. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Alabama, and do some research to make sure they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Additional Certification Information

Ultrasound Tech Certification Overview
About the ARDMS Certification

How Much do Ultrasound Techs make in Alabama?

State-wide, diagnostic medical sonographers earned a mean annual salary of $57,870 in Alabama in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). In addition, the majority of medical sonographers in Alabama work in hospitals, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is the state’s largest employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

Above average job growth is expected in the medical imaging field, with Alabama expecting a 16% employment increase by 2028.

Alabama Student Scholarships and Awards

Below are just a few of the scholarships available to those who qualify in Alabama:

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Requirements How to Apply
Ultrasound Schools Info $1,000 twice a year Aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in/ accepted to a CAAHEP accredited DMS program. Ultrasound Schools Info
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3026
Bellingham, WA 98227
scholarship@ultrasoundschoolsinfo.com
College Counts $2,000 for 2 years and $4,000 for 4 years First time college freshman residing in Alabama with a high school GPA of 2.75 and an ACT score of 26 or below Create a profile 
Linly Heflin $4,000 a year Alabama women earning four-year bachelor’s degrees with a full-time course load, a GPA minimum of 2.5 and an ACT score of 23 or higher Gina Boyd
ginaboyd1@att.net
205-915-3627
Alabama Student Assistance Program $300-$2,500 Need-based grants for undergraduate Alabama residence students enrolled in an accredited state college or university. Mrs. Cheryl Newton
Grants Coordinator
(334) 242-2273
Alabama Student Grant Program Up to $1,200 per academic year Not needs based grant awarded to students at an eligible independent Alabama college or university Mrs. Cheryl Newton
Grants Coordinator
(334) 242-2273

Medical Imaging Organizations for Alabama

Below is a list of several medical imaging organizations in Alabama that strive to advance ultrasound technology, improve education, and increase patient welfare.

Ultrasound Programs in Nearby States

Georgia
Florida
Mississippi
Tennessee

City Spotlight: Birmingham

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

If you’re in the Birmingham area and would like to attend a sonography program, there are several in the area to choose from, including CAAHEP accredited Virginia College.

The University of Alabama, located in Birmingham, employs more than 23,000 people, is ranked as the 4th largest academic medical center in the U.S. It has also been recognized as one of the most racially diverse campuses in the country. Job growth for sonographers in Birmingham is expected to be very strong, with growth of 16% expected in the decade spanning 2018-2028.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an ultrasound tech in Alabama do?

An ultrasound technician does much more than image internal organs. Click here to learn more about what a sonographer’s job entails. Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be an ultrasound tech.

How do I get started as a sonographer in Alabama?

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, though certificate and Bachelor’s degree programs are available at some institutions.  Program lengths may vary depending on specific program requirements.

How do I know if earning a sonography degree is right for me?

In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Click here to see what qualities make up a great sonographer.

What other jobs can I get in healthcare?

There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, many of which are offered by Allied Health. Click here to learn more.

Future earnings, employment data and other statistical information unless otherwise noted, are provided by:

* In some cases, salary and employment figures are based on a national average and may vary by location. Conditions in your area may vary.
* Unless otherwise noted, entry-level salary figures have been used for each respective vocation.

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