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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Iowa

Find Iowa’s Top Sonography Programs in 2021

Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in the care of their patients. Working closely alongside physicians, ultrasound techs use special equipment to produce images of the inside of the body. These images are used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as monitor the health of the fetus of an expectant mother.

Pursuing your education at one of the ultrasound technician schools in Iowa will help qualify you to pursue a position in the  growing sonography industry. The job outlook in the field in Iowa is expected to increase by 24% by 2028. Begin your career by requesting information and asking questions to make sure sonography a right fit for you. If you don’t see a medical sonography program in your area, consider one of the related allied healthcare programs.

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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 CAAHEP DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines as well as passed a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit. This ensures that the school can provide a high quality education to their students as they prepare to enter the healthcare workforce.

The successful completion of one of these recognized Iowa DMS programs 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 Iowa in 2021

The following ultrasound technician schools in Iowa have all been accredited by CAAHEP and offer certificates or degrees in diagnostic medical sonography as of August 2020:

Institution Name Location Program Director Initial Accreditation Date
Allen College 1990 Heath Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Evalene Martin MS, RDMS, RDCS 9/20/2013
Mercy College of Health Sciences 928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Adrienne St. Clair MHS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT 4/18/2003
University of Iowa Healthcare 200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Stephanie Ellingson MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RTR 7/21/1988

Ultrasound Tech Certification Requirements in Iowa

There is currently no licensure or certification requirement for diagnostic medical sonographers in Iowa. However, many employers prefer or require sonographers to receive certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn ARDMS certification is by taking and passing their exam. In order to qualify, you must meet their prerequisites. Once you have, you can take the exam at one of the various locations in Iowa:

  • 3737 Woodland Ave # 340, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • 4300 S Lakeport St, Sioux City, IA 51106
  • 101 W 69th St #104, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
  • 100 W Kimberly Rd # 401, Davenport, IA 52806
  • 327 2nd St #370, Coralville, IA 52241
  • 3506 N 147th St #202, Omaha, NE 68116

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 Iowa, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about their certification and educational requirements.

Additional Certification Information

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About the ARDMS

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Iowa?

The mean annual salary for sonographers in Iowa was $71,910 in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Entry-level positions start around $54,000, and seasoned scanners can earn as much as $95,000 per year.  Conditions in your area may vary.

The salary you earn depends on a number of factors, including level of education and experience, geographic location, and type of employer. For example, outpatient care centers tend to pay the most. Larger imaging centers and hospitals also tend to offer competitive benefit programs in addition to the base salary. Education wise, an Associate’s Degree is required to become an entry level sonographer, however earning a Bachelor’s Degree will open you up to higher paying job positions.

The following table provides the annual mean salary for ultrasound techs in different locations in Iowa:*


Metropolitan Area 2020 Mean Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL $68,990
Des Moines-West Des Moines $78,870
Iowa City $68,090
Cedar Rapids $70,780
City Spotlight: Des Moines

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Des Moines

Des Moines, IA
The economy in Des Moines is booming and has made many top ten lists, including #2 in Forbes “Best Place for Business and Careers” and #1 in their “Best City for Young Professionals” list. The low unemployment rate, high job growth forecast, and the low cost of living make Des Moines a great place to pursue a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer or allied health professional.

Income for sonographers in the Des Moines metropolitan area is ahead of the rest of the state, with the mean salary in 2020 being $78,870* per year.

Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician in Iowa 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 Iowa?

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. You can also go to school longer and receive a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, which will allow you to advance your career and increase your salary.

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. 

All salary and job growth statistics provided by:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015-16 survey, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
*Career One Stop, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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