Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Massachusetts. Explore medical imaging educational and career opportunities near you.
Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly trained professionals that play a crucial role in healthcare. The images they provide to physicians are used to diagnose and treat illness and disease and well as monitor pregnancies.
The profession of medical imaging is expected to witness above average job growth. CareerOneStop predicts available jobs for ultrasound techs will increase by 17.8% by 2026 in Massachusetts. Sonography is experiencing such expansion within the healthcare industry because of the short required education and training period, as well as the potential for a strong salary. We will explore each of these topics, as well as connect you with accredited schools where you can receive the education you need in order to start your career as a sonographer.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
The primary accreditation body for sonography programs is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A school receives accreditation from CAAHEP once it has met their DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines. The schools also have to pass a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit. This makes sure that the school is able to provide a high quality education to their students as they prepare to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of a recognized Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts in 2020
The following Massachusetts programs have 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|
|Bunker Hill Community College||250 New Rutherford Ave
Boston, MA 02129
|Ana Ilic BS, RDMS, RVT||10/17/1997|
|MCPHS University – Boston||179 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
|Jennifer Miller BS, RDMS, RVT||5/17/2019|
|Middlesex Community College||Springs Road – Building 6
Bedford, MA 01730
|Jane Morrison BA, RDMS, RT(R)||1/17/1986|
|Regis College||235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
|Cory Finn BS, RDMS, RVT||7/19/2018|
|Springfield Technical Community College||One Armory Square, Suite 1
PO Box 9000
Springfield, MA 01102
|Eun Soo Lee MEd, RDMS||10/17/1997|
Certification Requirements in Massachusetts
Massachusetts does not currently require that diagnostic medical sonographers practicing in Massachusetts possess credentials or licensure. Many employers do prefer or require certification, however, so it’s a smart thing to consider if you want an advantage over other potential job candidates.
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 testing locations in Massachusetts:
- 500 W Cummings Park #1950, Woburn, MA 01801
- 31 St James Ave # 725, Boston, MA 02116
- 295 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110
- 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138
- 255 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
- 1414 Main St, Springfield, MA 01144
- 20 William St, Wellesley, MA 02481
- 331 State Rd suite c, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Additional Certification Information
How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Massachusetts?
The mean annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Massachusetts was $85,590,* which is significantly higher than the national mean of $75,780 (BLS, 2019). Those at the top of their field in the 90th percentile earned an average wage of $109,502* a year, while those in the 10th percentile made an average of $59,940,* according to the BLS.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Boston
Boston, Massachusetts is a great place to enter the medical imaging field because it’s well known for it’s excellent healthcare. TIME magazine’s book Healthiest Places to Live (2014) named Boston the country’s “best city for healthcare”, and the ninth healthiest place to settle down. Boston is also characterized by the high life expectancy and quality heart disease treatment and cancer centers.
Accredited Sonography Programs in Boston
There are over 100 universities in and around Boston, as well as institutions offering other allied health or medical imaging programs. Attending a sonography program in Boston can help you become a part of the rapidly growing healthcare and sonography industry.
Frequently asked questions
What does an ultrasound technician in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?
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.