If you’ve been considering a new career in healthcare, diagnostic medical sonography is a good choice for many reasons. Job growth nationally and in Connecticut is strong, salaries are high, and the educational and training period can typically be finished with 2 years of full-time attendance. Learn more below, and find all of the CAAHEP accredited ultrasound schools in Connecticut that offer a degree or certificate in medical sonography.
How to Become an Ultrasound Tech in CT
- Apply to an Accredited Ultrasound Program. If possible, select a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This will ensure that the education you receive will meet or exceed industry standards.
- Get Your Degree. The minimum requirement for practicing sonographers is an Associate of Science degree in DMS. Programs are competitive and often limited entry, so do your research to make sure you can at least meet the minimum prerequisites necessary to apply.
- Receive Your Credentials. Most employers will require that you have your RDMS credentials. Graduating from a CAAHEP accredited program, or receiving your Bachelor’s degree in DMS, will qualify you to sit for their exams.
Why Choose a CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Program?
Accreditation is what a school earns after they have undergone rigorous review from a reputable outside agency. This is 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 accredited sonography 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 $1,000 scholarship. Click here to learn more.
Accredited Sonography Schools in Connecticut in 2024
The following schools offer CAAHEP accredited sonography degree or certificate programs as of March 2023:
|Connecticut State Community College – Gateway Campus
20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
|Associate of Science degree, completed in 24 months of full-time coursework.
|Prerequisite coursework includes Bio 211, Eng 101, Math 175, Physics 111, and Bio 212
|Applications are accepted between November 1st and February 1st
|Yale – New Haven Hospital
55 Park Street
Floor 3R-Suite 340
New Haven, CT 06510
|Program concentrations are available in General Sonography, Echocardiography, Vascular Technology, and Pediatric Echocardiography
|Applicants must hold an Associate Degree or have completed a recognized two-year, full-time, allied-health training program that is patient-care related. Prerequisite course requirements also apply.
|Download the application here
|* This information is obtained from a number of sources, is provided without charge, and is believed to be accurate. Please contact us with updates.
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.
Admittance to ultrasound school is very competitive. Learn how to choose the program that is best for you and prepare a successful application in this article series by sonographer Adrienne Hardy, RDMS.
Student Scholarships and Awards
Figuring out the financial aid to help pay for school can be stressful for students and their families. Visit our financial aid center to learn about your options, how to apply, and what pitfalls to avoid.
Below are just a few of the scholarships available to those sonography students who qualify in Connecticut:
|How to Apply
|Ultrasound Schools Info
|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
|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
|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
|Applicant must be enrolled either full- or part-time in a program leading to a degree.
|Apply through your school’s financial aid office.
How Much do Sonographers in Connecticut Make?
Diagnostic medical sonographers in Connecticut earned a mean annual salary of $94,930 in 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This makes Connecticut one of the top paying states for medical imaging. Conditions in your area may vary.
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 2021, in some of the different areas of Connecticut.
|2022 Mean Salary
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
|New Haven, CT
|Norwich-New London, CT-RI
Certification Requirements in Connecticut
Connecticut does not require that diagnostic medical sonographers possess certification. However, many states are considering moving towards licensure, and it’s almost certain that your employer will require it. Certification is offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and you must pass their standard exam plus a specialty exam.
In order to take the ARDMS test, you must meet one of their prerequisites. Before committing to a program, do the research to make sure that the education they provide will qualify you to sit for the exam.
Additional Certification Information
Job Growth Data
Healthcare is a growing industry across the nation and in Connecticut. O*Net predicts a 15% increase in job availability for sonographers by 2030 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 $93,110 in 2022. Conditions in your area may vary.