Getting Started in Medical Imaging
What are my Degree Options?
An Associate Degree in Sonography prepares students for entry-level positions and is the most common degree possessed by working Sonographers. Explore your degree options below.
Diagnostic medical sonography is ranked 3rd by the BLS in terms of the fastest growing careers requiring only an Associate’s degree.
Explore ultrasound training and program information by degree level.
Interviews & Articles for Inspiration
Is medical imaging the best education and career path for me? Our team of experts, which include practicing ultrasound technologists, clinical instructors, and program directors from across the country, share their knowledge and experience with us.
Below you will find a selection of articles and interviews that may help you better understand what it is truly like to put on your clean and crisp scrubs, step into your clinic, as an important member of a healthcare team. If you find their stories inspiring or informative, perhaps becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer is a path worth exploring.
What inspired you to enroll in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?
“I always knew I wanted to pursue a job in the medical field. During my senior year of high school, I shadowed a sonographer for a few months and decided that the ultrasound program sounded exciting. – Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT
Tips For High Schools Students
A strong start, a solid foundation. When it comes time to choose electives, be sure to keep your ultimate goal in mind.
If you want a career in the health care industry, it’s wise to study math, science, English, and health in high school. Be sure to study hard, and get good grades.
This will put you in a good position when it comes time to look at higher education.
A vocational or community college will require you to have your high school or your General Education Diploma for admittance into their degree or program.
Good SAT scores and high marks in school will give you an advantage if the college has limited enrollment.
Sonographers are ranked #6 among the 30 occupations projected to see the fastest growth, according to the BLS, with a 46% increase in employment predicted through 2022.
Adult Leaners. Thinking About a Change of Direction?
If you’re considering launching a new career, whether it’s because you’re looking for new inspiration or re-entering the workforce after raising a family, we’ll help you through the process of deciding if the field of healthcare is right for you.
There are many paths to consider, from entry-level positions that require little or no education beyond a high school to diploma, to more advanced roles that require further training and education.
How should students decide which sonography specialty to study?
“The student needs to determine what area of the body is of most interest to them. Don’t look at the job market – it fluctuates, as do salary ranges and job responsibilities.
Each student should research, job shadow/observe and speak with professionals or other sonography students – learn how they determined their specialty area. But honestly, from most educator perspectives, you can’t make a bad decision. The bottom line is that the foundation of all the specialties is sonography. They are all interesting, ever-changing and challenging.” – Tricia Turner (BS, RDMS, RVT)
What About Certification?
The most respected certifying agency for ultrasound technicians is the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
While it is not typically required by law that ultrasound techs carry a professional certification or license, most employers will prefer it, so it’s definitely something to consider as you pursue your education.
In order to receive their certification, you must take and pass their exam.
Certification Information by State
Ready, Set, Go!
As you begin to look at higher education, there will be so much going through your mind. Is it close to/far away from home? Will I know anyone there? Will I like it?
These are all very important, and you will find that there are many programs out there, so do the research to determine if the school is accredited, how much the tuition will cost, the percentage of graduates who gain employment in their field, and the degrees and programs offered.
More articles and interviews to get you started in medical imaging.
- Steps to Ease the Transition to Online Learning in the Wake of COVID-19
- Samantha Callis, MHA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
- Adina Pupko, BS, RDMS, RDCS
- Top 5 Paying Medical Imaging Careers for 2020
- 3D Ultrasound
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