Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Louisiana. Explore medical imaging educational and career opportunities near you.
Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role within the healthcare industry and the care of their patients. Ultrasound techs use special equipment that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body as they work closely with physicians. These images are used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as monitor the health of the fetus of an expectant mother.
Sonography is becoming increasingly popular because of the high salary, short education and training period, and the fact that job availability is expected to increase by 19.5% by 2026 in Louisiana (CareerOneStop).
Below we will continue to dive into these topics, as well as connect you with accredited schools where you can receive the quality education you need in order to start your career as a sonographer.
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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 their DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines as well as passed a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit. The purpose of these reviews are to make sure that the school can offer a quality education to their students as they prepare to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of a recognized Louisiana 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 Louisiana in 2020
The Louisiana schools below 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|
|Baton Rouge Community College||201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
|Michael Beauford BS, RDMS, RVT||1/15/2015|
|Delgado Community College||615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
|Michael Toups BS, RDMS||5/14/2004|
|Louisiana State University||PO Box 1129
Eunice, LA 70535
|Ella Whitney MEd, RDMS, RDCS, RVT||1/30/2004|
Certification Requirements in Louisiana
The state of Louisiana does not currently require their diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed or certified. However, many states are discussing making the move toward required licensure, so it’s something to consider. Many employers prefer or require certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), which is the primary organization where sonographers can receive their license. The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. Once you have met their prerequisites, you can take the exam at one of the various testing locations in Louisiana:
- 2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd STE 256, Metairie, LA 70002
- 5555 Hilton #430, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
- 920 Pierremont Rd, Shreveport, LA 71106
- 4000 S Sherwood Forest Blvd #503, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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 Louisiana to ensure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about the certification and educational requirements they have.
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How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Louisiana?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual salary for sonographers in Louisiana is $63,500,* which is below the national average of $75,780 (2019).
Where you work, your amount of education, whether or not you received certification from the ARDMS, and more play a role in how much you can earn. For example, outpatient care centers tend to pay the most, though hospitals have the highest employment numbers. In addition, 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. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree will open you up to higher paying positions as well.
Geographic location also impacts your salary. Below are the mean annual wages for several areas in Louisiana in 2019:*
|Metropolitan Area||Mean Salary|
|Baton Rouge, LA||$72,970|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||$65,910|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||$64,470|
Ultrasound Technician Schools in New Orleans
Employment for sonographers in city centers such as New Orleans is growing as jobs move towards urban centers and away from the suburbs. New Orleans is quickly becoming a hub for the rapidly growing medical industry.”One of the key critical pieces for New Orleans and Louisiana in general is workforce. We need a workforce that knows how to work in a lab environment, in a clinical environment.” (Aaron Miscenich, New Orleans BioInnovation Center). Become a part of the flourishing healthcare workforce by attending a sonography program in New Orleans, or look into one of the many related medical programs.
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*Conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and job growth statistics provided by:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015-16 Survey, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
*Career One Stop, 2015 data. http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=22&x=41&y=11