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 fetuses. In Hawaii, job availability for sonographers is expected to increase by 18.2% by 2026 (CareerOneStop).
Sonography is becoming a popular career choice because of the relatively short training period, high salary, and high job outlook. We will dive into each of these topics further, as well as connect you with accredited schools and programs in your area. Request information from schools of interest to get started on the path to a rewarding career.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
The primary accrediting body for sonography programs is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A school becomes accredited by CAAHEP once it has met the DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines. It also has to pass a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit. This makes sure that the school can provide a high quality education to their students as they prepare to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of a recognized Hawaii DMS program 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 Hawaii in 2020
The following school offers sonography programs that have been accredited by CAAHEP as of August 2020.
|Institution Name||Location||Program Director||Programs Offered|
|Kapiʻolani Community College||4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816||Kimberly K. Suwa||Offers an accredited medical Radiologic Technology program|
Certification Requirements in Hawaii
Hawaii doesn’t currently require licensure or certification for practicing diagnostic medical sonographers. However, as many employers do prefer or require certification, it’s a smart thing to consider if you want to have an advantage over other potential job candidates.
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:
- 1441 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
Geography can make attaining an accredited education difficult in Hawaii, so be sure to read through the ARDMS prerequisites. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about their certification and educational requirements.
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 Colorado to ensure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
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How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Hawaii?
Sonographers in Hawaii earn a mean annual salary of $102,140,* which is significantly higher than the national mean annual wage of $75,780, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
There is currently a shortage of educated, trained healthcare workers in Hawaii. This combined with the aging population of the state has increased the demand for medical care, which has created a unique opportunity for diagnostic medical sonographers and other health care workers. This means higher salary and higher availability of jobs (18.2% increase by 2026, according to CareerOneStop).
Frequently asked questions
What does an ultrasound technician in Hawaii do?
Sonographers do much more than just image internal organs. They also work closely with other members of the healthcare team and patients, and evaluate the images they capture. Learn more on our ultrasound technician career overview page. 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 as a medical sonographer in Hawaii?
We’ll walk you through all of the steps, starting when you’re still in high school or before you’ve started a 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, which will allow you to earn an Associate’s Degree. There are also 4-year Bachelor’s degree programs offered at many schools.
How do I know if sonography is right for me?
In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Click here to find out about the qualities that make a great sonographer.
What other jobs can I get in healthcare?
There are many careers available within the healthcare industry other than diagnostic sonography, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.
*Conditions in your area may vary.