Learn about Indiana’s top Sonography programs in 2020
The state of Indiana is expecting strong job growth for trained, certified sonographers. Become part of this growing field by obtaining your degree from an accredited ultrasound technician school. Most sonographers have at least a two-year Associate’s degree, though there are 12-18 month certificate programs for those who qualify.
Explore Sonography as a Career Choice
It’s not always easy deciding on a career path. Some of you may be finishing high school and thinking about what you want to be, others are in college or are looking to return. Sonography is a great career choice to consider for many reasons. It’s rewarding to make a difference in people’s lives, the training period is relatively short, and it’s one of the best paying careers available with just an associate’s degree.
You will find that some healthcare related degree programs , including diagnostic medical sonography have limited enrollments, so it is important that you do your research and understand the prerequisite and application requriements.
Let us help you get started by connecting you with accredited programs in your area, showing you what you can expect to earn and what the employment statistics looks like in Indiana, and what the certification requirements are that will make you a competitive candidate.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
As you begin your research into sonography programs, be sure to look at the accreditation of the program or institution. That can attest to the quality of the education you’ll receive. Each of the schools listed below has met the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs’ DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines by passing a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit.
The successful completion of one of these recognized Indiana DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.
Accredited Sonography Schools in Indiana
The following ultrasound technician schools in Indiana have all been accredited by the CAAHEP, as of February, 2020:
|3 Accredited Schools||Campus Location|
|Franciscan Health Crown Point||Crown Point, IN|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Terre Haute, IN|
|University of Southern Indiana||Evansville, IN|
A Closer Look at Indiana’s Three CAAHEP Accredited DMS Programs
Franciscan Health Crown Point
Franciscan Alliance Sonography
1201 South Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Lori Hult BS, RDCS, RVT
Phone: (219) 757-6132
Program offered: Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Job placement rate: 73%
Successful completion of ARDMS SP & I exam: 88%
Admittance: Up to 12 students accepted each year
Eligible to sit for ARDMS exam upon graduation: Yes. For admission procedures and guidelines visit. https://www.franciscanhealth.org/sites/default/files/documents/NWI_Echo_Admissions_Procedure.pdf
Additional program details: https://www.franciscanhealth.org/echoschoolnwi
Ivy Tech Community College – Terre Haute
Ivy Tech CC Sonography Program
8000 South Education Drive
Terre Haute, IN 47802
🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Jennafer Grasfeder MLD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT RT(R)
Phone: (812) 298-2237
Program offered: Associate of applied science degree in diagnostic medical sonography, with concentrations available in general, cardiac, and vascular sonography.
Program length: 67 credit hours, 6 semesters of full time attendance.
Tuition: $149.55 per credit hour
Eligible to sit for ARDMS exam upon graduation: Yes
Full program details: https://www.ivytech.edu/sonography/index.html
University of Southern Indiana
USI Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard, HP 3070
Evansville, IN 47712
Program offered: Bachelor of Science degree. Program pathways include General, Cardiac, and Vascular sonography.
2018 Job Placement rate: 100%
2018 ARDMS exam pass rate: 100%
For more information: https://www.usi.edu/health/diagnostic-medical-sonography/program-admission/
Full program details: https://www.usi.edu/health/diagnostic-medical-sonography/
Sam Callis, MHA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, DMS instructor and Clinical Coordinator at University of Southern Indiana.
In the interview she conducted with us she passed on her thanks to her employer and alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana: “I also want to recognize and thank the exceptional faculty at the University of Southern Indiana for years of education, guidance, and inspiration, particularly the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Health Administration Programs.”
Certification Requirements in Indiana
The state of Indiana does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. However, many employers do require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are many locations throughout Indiana to take the exam, and you can find them on the Pearson Vue website at https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker.aspx.
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). Otherwise, you’ll need 12 months of full time clinical experience. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Indiana, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
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How Much do Ultrasound Techs in Indiana Make?
The median annual salary for sonographers in Indiana is $69,200. This is comparable with the national median of $72,510. Those just starting out can expect to make about $25.00 an hour. People at the top of the earning curve can make over $87,000 annually. Diagnostic medical sonography is one of the highest paying careers available with just an associate’s degree, and it’s growing at a rapid pace.
Where you work also plays a role in how much you can earn. Outpatient care centers tend to pay the most, though hospitals have the highest employment numbers.
Indiana salary and job growth data
- The median annual salary is $69,200
- Indiana is expected to add about 80 job openings per year
- By 2026, employment is predicted to grow by 22%, which is considered much faster than average.
Not all areas of the state pay the same. Below you will find pay for some of the top metropolitan areas of Indiana:
|Metropolitan Area||Median Salary|
|South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI||$67,470|
Indiana City Spotlight: Indianapolis
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Indianapolis
If you’re considering attending a sonography program in Indianapolis, you’ll have the opportunity to combine a quality education with a good job market. Healthcare and social services is the top industry in terms of employment in Indianapolis, and job growth is predicted to be strong within healthcare over the next few years.
As positive momentum is predicted to continue, and healthcare jobs are expected to lead the way, now is a great time to choose a sonography or allied health education program. The median salary for sonographers as of May, 2018 was $72,220.
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