Find schools near you offering programs in Sonography and Medical Imaging. Diagnostic medical sonographers use sound waves to capture images of the internal organs in the human body. They work alongside physicians to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as monitor the growth of a fetus inside the body of an expectant mother. In Hawaii, industry growth for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to be 20% through the year 2024.
With the unique geographic situation presented to Hawaii residents, it may be difficult to find a sonography program in your area. In these situations, you may want to explore some of the related allied health programs listed below. Read more about the career outlook for diagnostic medical sonographers, and request information from schools to get started on the path to a rewarding career.
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Hawaii Healthcare Career Resources
As a popular tourist destination, Hawaii’s economy is dependent on the economic performance of the national and global economy, especially Japan. There is currently a shortage of educated, trained healthcare workers in Hawaii. That, combined with the aging population of the state, has created a unique opportunity for diagnostic medical sonographers and other health care workers. An aged population generally needs more medical care, which places a demand on the health care field, creating jobs to care for them.
By The Numbers
Sonographers in Hawaii earn a median annual salary that far exceeds that of the rest of the nation. In 2015, that salary reached an annual median of $79,890.
Certification Requirements in Hawaii
Hawaii doesn’t currently require licensure or certification for practicing diagnostic medical sonographers. However, as many employers do require certification, it’s a smart thing to consider if you want to be a competitive candidate for these sought after positions. The most highly regarded certification is provided by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There is currently only one location in Hawaii to take the exam, located in Honolulu. Find the location and contact information on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing company Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.
In order to take the ARDMS test, you must meet one of their prerequisites. 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). Geography can make attaining an accredited education difficult in Hawaii, so be sure to read through the various ways to meet the ARDMS prerequisites. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about the certification and educational requirements they have. You can read more about the testing prerequisites on the ARDMS website. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Hawaii, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
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Frequently asked questions
What does an ultrasound technician do?
There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: ultrasounddchoolsinfo.com/ultrasound-technician. Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a sonographer.
How do I get started?
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.
How do I know if it’s right for me?
In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.
What other jobs can I get in healthcare?
There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.
Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Hawaii
There are several factors to consider when choosing your sonography program, from cost and proximity to job placement percentages, but one of the most important factors is the accreditation of the program or institution. The most common accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has not accredited any programs in Hawaii, so be sure to do your research on the programs offered – they may have received accreditation from elsewhere.
Kapiolani Community College (offers other accredited medical imaging programs)
– Honolulu, HI
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Honolulu
If you’re considering attending a sonography or allied healthcare program in Honolulu, you can hardly find a more beautiful location in which to obtain your education. Salaries for sonographers in Honolulu far exceed that of the rest of the nation. The core of employment in Honolulu is fed by the tourism industry, and healthcare is tied to the industry and is seeing growth across the field.
A world class tourist destination, Hawaii offers just about anything you might be interested in. Outdoor activities, of course, are extremely popular, and many people choose to spend their time at the beach surfing, swimming or sunbathing. But there are also forests, volcanoes and mountains to explore, as well as cuisine from around the world. The night life in Honolulu is exciting, and there are many places to meet up with friends when it’s time to take a break from studying.
All Salary and Job Statistics provided by:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm.
*Career One Stop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=15&x=34&y=13