Find Connecticut’s Top Accredited Sonography Programs for 2021
If you’ve been considering a new career in healthcare, diagnostic medical sonography is a good choice for many reasons. Job growth in Connecticut and nation-wide is strong, salaries are high, and the educational and training period can typically be finished in 2 years. We’ll delve into each of these topics below, as well as list all of the CAAHEP accredited ultrasound programs in Connecticut that offer a degree or certificate in medical sonography.
One of the most frequently asked questions from prospective sonography students is how long it will take to complete a program. The answer depends on what level of experience and education you already possess. Some programs offer 12-18 month DMS certificates to students who already hold a degree in allied health, while others offer two-year Associate’s in Science degrees, or even 4-year Bachelor’s degree programs, to those who don’t yet have a degree. Completing a Bachelor’s degree will allow you to advance your career and increase your salary.
If you’re interested in pursuing your degree at an ultrasound technician school in Connecticut, begin by doing research on the field and finding a program near you that offers what you’re looking for.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
A school or program becomes accredited when they have undergone rigorous review from a reputable outside agency in order to ensure that the quality of education meets identified standards. Each of the schools listed below has met the DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines set forth by the Commission on Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is the primary accreditation body for sonography programs.
The successful completion of one of these recognized Connecticut DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) exam, as well as a specialty exam. Passing both of their exams will allow you to receive professional certification in diagnostic medical sonography.
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.
Accredited Sonography Schools in Connecticut in 2021
The following schools offer CAAHEP accredited sonography degree or certificate programs as of August 2020.
|Institution Name||Location||Program Director||Initial Accreditation Date|
|Gateway Community College||20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510 USA
|Cara Case BS, RDMS, RDCS||5/19/2017|
|Yale – New Haven Hospital||55 Park Street
Floor 3R-Suite 340
New Haven, CT 06510 USA
|Jennifer Wright BS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS||1/23/2004|
If there isn’t a sonography program being offered in your area, consider one of the many related allied health fields within the healthcare industry.
Certification Requirements in Connecticut
Connecticut does not require that diagnostic medical sonographers possess certification. However, many states are considering moving towards licensure, so it’s a smart thing to consider if you want to stand out from other potential job candidates. Many employers require professional certification, typically by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), which you can obtain by passing their required exams. There are three locations in Connecticut where you can take the exam:
- 20 Glover Ave #19, Norwalk, CT 06850
- 100 Great Meadow Rd # 404, Wethersfield, CT 06109
- 35 Thorpe Ave # 105, Wallingford, CT 06492
In order to take the ARDMS test, you must meet the prerequisites. Besides graduating from a CAAHEP accredited school, the second easiest way to qualify for the exam is 12 months of full-time clinical experience. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Connecticut, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
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How Much do Sonographers in Connecticut Make?
Diagnostic medical sonographers in Connecticut earned a mean annual salary of $81,890* in 2019 according to the BLS, which is higher than the national mean of $75,780. This makes Connecticut one of the top paying states for medical imaging.
The area of the state you work in can affect the salary that you earn. Below you will see the annual mean salaries, according to the BLS as of May 2019, in some of the major metropolitan areas of Connecticut.*
|Metropolitan Area||2019 Mean Salary|
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT||$80,610|
|New Haven, CT||$75,590|
|Norwich-New London, CT-RI||$96,190|
Student Scholarships and Awards
Below are just a few of the scholarships available to those who qualify in Connecticut:
|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
|Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education Scholarships||$1,000||Limited to Hispanic students attending an undergraduate program full-time. Must possess a 3.00 GPA and be a Connecticut resident.||Dr. Wilson Luna
Dean of Students
|Healy Foundation Scholarshp||$3,000||Rising or current college junior or senior at an accredited four-year university or college who have a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply. Applicants must demonstrate existing financial need combined with unexpected hardship||P.O. Box 844
Naugatuck, CT 06770
|Connecticut Aid for Public College Students||Varies||Applicant must be enrolled either full- or part-time in a program leading to a degree.||Apply through your school’s financial aid office.|
Job Growth DataHealthcare is a growing industry across the nation and in Connecticut. An aging population creates job opportunities as the need for healthcare increases, and as job positions open up due to retirement. Medical imaging is continuously seeing job growth across the country, and CareerOneStop predicts a 13.9% increase in job availability by 2026 in Connecticut.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in New Haven
The healthcare industry is going strong in New Haven, largely supported by the Yale-New Haven hospital, which is the largest employer in the county. It’s also the top-ranked Level 1 Trauma Center in the country, and is ranked among the best in the nation. Of approximately 5,000 hospitals surveyed, YNHH ranks nationally in 9 of 16 specialties. Sonographers working in New Haven earned a mean salary of $75,590 in 2019*, which is close to the national mean for ultrasound technicians.
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*Conditions in your area may vary.