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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Florida

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To qualify you must have been accepted to, or currently attending a CAAHEP accredited sonography program. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Sonography, medical imaging, and many of the related careers are in high demand, and pursuing your education in Florida is a great way to get involved in the healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Florida has the 3rd highest employment level in the nation for sonogaphers, and job growth is expected to strongly increase.

Below we will go into detail about some important factors to consider when pursuing your sonography career, including Florida’s economic outlook, as well as certification requirements and salary data. We will also connect you with all of the CAAHEP accredited sonography programs in Florida in 2020.

Is Sonography a Good Career Choice in Florida?

Yes! Becoming an ultrasound tech is a great career choice for many reasons, including:

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

The main accrediting body for sonography programs is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A school becomes accredited once it has met the DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines set forth by CAAHEP, which is accomplished by passing a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit.

The successful completion of one of these recognized Florida DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) 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 Florida in 2020

The following ultrasound technician schools in Florida are accredited by CAAHEP and offer degree or certificate programs as of August 2020.

Institution Name Location Program Director Initial Accreditation Date
AdventHealth University 671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Deziree Rada MHSc, RDMS, RVT 10/21/1995
Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside 1 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Chemene Wilson MHSc, RDMS, RT(R), RVT 1/23/2004
Broward College 1000 Conconut Creek Blvd
North Campus, Building 41
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Karen Hoban MEd, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R) 10/17/1990
Cambridge College of Healthcare and Technology 5150 Linton Boulevard
Suite 340
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Bianca Hamm BS, RDCS 11/21/2008
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and Technology 460 E Altamonte Dr
3rd Floor
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Jesse Frauenhofer MS, RDMS, RVT 1/16/2020
Eastern Florida State College 3865 North Wickham Rd
Melbourne, FL 32935
Harry Holdorf PhD, MPA, RDMS, RVT 5/19/2017
Hillsborough Community College 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Louis Gomez BS, RDMS, RVT 7/17/1986
Keiser University – various locations Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Melbourne, New Port Richey Marianne Peiffer BS, RDMS 4/19/2002
Miami Dade College 950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Dahlia Sanchez-Suarez BS, RDMS, RDCS 10/24/1985
Nova Southeastern University 3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Jorge Han MD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT 3/20/2015
Palm Beach State College 3160 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Patty Braga MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS 3/17/2006
Polk State College 999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
Merrybeth Etherton BS, RDMS 11/18/2011
Santa Fe College 3000 NW 83rd Street
W-Annex, Office 118
Gainesville, FL 32606
Christina Edwards BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(S) 11/18/2011
Southeastern College  17395 NW 59th Avenue
Miami Lakes, FL 33015
Rosmery Machado BHS, RDMS, RVT, RT(S) 11/20/2015
Southern Technical College 3910 Riga Blvd
Tampa, FL 33619
Sharon Toler DHSc, RDMS, RVT 5/20/2016
Valencia College 1800 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
Carolyn DeLeo MAEd, RDMS, RVT, RT(R) 4/23/1992

Ultrasound Tech Certification Requirements in Florida

Florida does not currently require their ultrasound technicians to possess licensure or certification. However, most employers prefer or require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The ARDMS also has a set of prerequisites you must meet in order to take their exam.

The only way to earn certification by the ARDMS is by taking and passing their exam. There are several locations throughout Florida to take the exam:

  • 7800 Southland Blvd Ste 215, Orlando, FL 32809
  • 2240 Woolbright Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
  • 4012 Gunn Hwy UNIT 110, Tampa, FL 33618
  • 12220 Towne Lake Dr #40, Fort Myers, FL 33913
  • 3317 NW 10th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
  • 508 Capital Cir SE d, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • 8380 Baymeadows Rd #11, Jacksonville, FL 32256
  • 5300 NW 33rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
  • 2176 Sarno Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935
  • 10010 Park Pl Ave, Riverview, FL 33578
  • Atrium Office Park, 3900 NW 79th Ave #543, Miami, FL 33166
  • 9400 4th St N #211, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
  • 1707 Orlando Central Pkwy #300, Orlando, FL 32809
  • 305 Clyde Morris Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
  • 8615 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143
  • 212 E Highland Dr, Lakeland, FL 33813
  • 5000 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • 2201 Cantu Ct STE 210, Sarasota, FL 34232
  • 3475 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021
  • 1777 Tamiami Trail # 508, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
  • 2286 Wednesday St # 2, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • 1000 S Pine Island Rd, Plantation, FL 33324
  • 725 Primera Blvd Ste 210, Lake Mary, FL 32746

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 Florida, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview
About the ARDMS

How Much do Sonographers Make in Florida?

Ultrasound techs in Florida earned a mean annual wage of  $66,310 in 2019* (BLS). The salary that you earn depends on a variety of factors, including your level of education and expertise and your geographic location and type of employer. Typically, hospitals offer the highest wages to their sonographers.

Job growth is expected to be strong, with an increase of 31.2% predicted by 2026, which is much higher compared to the 19.5% growth expected nation-wide (CareerOneStop).

Highest Paying Areas for Ultrasound Techs in Florida*

Location Salary Data
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL $76,050
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL $76,860
Tallahassee, FL $71,180
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL $69,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL $67,260
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL $68,800
Jacksonville, FL $73,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL $63,290

Salary data provided by BLS (2019).

Ultrasound Programs in Nearby States

Job Opportunities for Sonographers in Florida

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Stephanie Eisler, RDMS – Orlando, FL

“For the adventurous personality, the easily bored, the eager to try something new, the free spirit, that someone with a strong desire for a ‘nice’ income; being a ‘McPhee of Ultrasound’ is perfect!”  Stephanie currently specializes in high-risk OB sonography at a Maternal Fetal Medicine practice in Orlando, Florida.The career of a traveling sonographer lets you combine your desire to see the country with strong employment opportunities. In this 2-part article, Stephanie shares with us the ins and outs, ups and downs of traveling sonography.

Financial Aid for Ultrasound Technician School in Florida

Paying for school is one of the most stressful aspects of attending college. However, there is help available. There is a variety of financial aid provided for aspiring sonographers, from federal aid, grants, student loans, and scholarships.

A trusted resource for students in Florida is the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Their website walks you through the scholarships and grants available.

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Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals

According to the US Department of Education, Limited English Proficient (LEP) learners were the fastest growing population in the country. It is estimated that 21.5% of individuals in the United States speak a language other than English at home, and studies show that 10% of K-12 students in Florida are ELs (English Learners) as of 2018. As a result, the healthcare industry is concerned that these patients may not be receiving optimal health care.

Those who speak English as their 2nd language may have difficulty communicating with their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Therefore, healthcare providers who speak a second language are in increasing demand, and are in turn seeing higher employment opportunities.

City Spotlight: Miami Beach

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Miami Beach

Miami Beach
Living in Miami Beach, it is a relatively short commute by car or public transit to attend one of the nearby accredited ultrasound technician schools. There’s a lot of job opportunities available in Miami as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1670 diagnostic medical sonographers were employed in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area as of May 2019, and their annual median income was $63,290.* Unique employment opportunities can be found in Florida, including providing healthcare at Disney World.

Just one of the potential medical imaging employers right in Miami Beach is the Mount Sinai Medical Center, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology in the following medical imaging modalities: Ultrasound, Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound and Mammography (with a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” designation), Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology.

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*Conditions in your area may vary.

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