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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Iowa

Find Iowa’s Sonography Programs in 2022

Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly trained and skilled medical professionals that use specialized equipment to image the inside of the body.  Use of ultrasound is growing within modern medicine, and open positions for ultrasound techs in Iowa are expected to increase by 24% by 2028.

Medical sonographers are some of the highest paid professionals within allied health, and entry-level positions typically require just an Associate of Science degree.

Learn more about the field below, and connect with the one of the three accredited ultrasound schools in your area.

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

Choosing a program that is accredited is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your journey to becoming a sonographer.

The primary accrediting body for sonography programs is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  A school becomes accredited by the CAAHEP once it has met their 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 and prepare them to enter the healthcare workforce.

The successful completion of one of these accredited Iowa DMS programs qualifies students 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 2022

The following schools in Iowa have all been accredited by CAAHEP and offer certificates or degrees in diagnostic medical sonography as of June 2022:

School Programs Prerequisites Apply
Allen College
1990 Heath Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Certificate or Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree Degree and course prerequisites vary depending on the educational path chosen Application packet can be found here.
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
5-Semester program with a General or Cardiovascular Sonography Tract available Certain college-level course requirements must be completed prior to application. Application deadline is January 1st
University of Iowa Healthcare
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
3-year program with specialty track in either General and Vascular or Cardiac and Vascular Sonography Numerous course requirements as well as job shadowing hours prior to application. Applications are due by January 15th of each year

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 one of 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

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview
About the ARDMS
Tips on Passing the SPI

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Iowa?

The mean annual salary for sonographers in Iowa was $73,460 in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Entry-level sonographers can earn up to about $60,000 a year, 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, while larger imaging centers and hospitals may competitive benefit programs in addition to the base salary. An Associate Degree is required to become an entry level sonographer, but earning a Bachelor’s Degree may 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 2021 Mean Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL $73,590
Des Moines-West Des Moines $77,060
Iowa City $69,440
Cedar Rapids $77,040

Iowa Student Scholarships and Awards

Below just a few of the scholarships and awards available to those who qualify in Iowa:

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Requirements How to Apply
Ultrasound Schools Info $1,000 twice a year Aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in/ accepted to a CAAHEP accredited DMS program. Ultrasound Schools Info
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3026
Bellingham, WA 98227
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program $1,500 on average Academically talented high school graduates accepted to a higher education program. Todd Brown
Iowa State Department of Education
Iowa Tuition Grant Up to four years full time for an undergraduate study Undergraduate students enrolled in an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program in Iowa and demonstrates appropriate financial need. Complete the FASFA.
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Scholarship $2,500 Awarded to students enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited sonography or cardiovascular technology program. Complete the online application.
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 2021 being $77,060 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, though program lengths can vary depending on specific program requirements. 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.

Future earnings, employment data and other statistical information unless otherwise noted, are provided by:

* In some cases, salary and employment figures are based on a national average and may vary by location. Conditions in your area may vary.
* Unless otherwise noted, entry-level salary figures have been used for each respective vocation.