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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Mississippi

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Using the power of sound waves, diagnostic medical sonographers perform ultrasound imaging procedures to capture photos of patients’ internal organs, tissues, and vascular system. Referring physicians use these images to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions as well as monitor the growth of a fetus.

Sonography is gaining momentum as a career due to the potentially high salary, relatively short education and training period, and strong job growth.  We will go into each of these topics later, as well as connect you with accredited ultrasound technician schools where you can receive the education you need to become a sonographer.

How to Become an Ultrasound Tech in Mississippi

  • Choose an Accredited Ultrasound Program and Apply. Ultrasound programs are offered at Community Colleges and Universities, and it’s important to do your research before you apply. Pay particular attention to the accreditation of the program, and if possible, select one accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Get Your Degree. Sonographers must have at least an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in DMS. Some schools offer accelerated certificate programs for those who qualify.
  • Pass the Certification Exam. Any prospective employer will likely require certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Graduating from a CAAHEP accredited program will qualify you to sit for their exam.

 

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Why Choose a CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Program?

Ad for DMS career guide bookWhen a school or program becomes accredited, it means that it has been reviewed by an outside agency for quality.  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. This ensures that the school can meet the educational standards needed to enter the healthcare workforce.

The successful completion of an accredited Mississippi DMS program is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 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 $1,000 scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Mississippi in 2024

There is only one school in Mississippi that is CAAHEP accredited and offers certificates or degrees in diagnostic medical sonography as of September 2023:

School Programs Offered Prerequisites How to Apply
Hinds Community College
1750 Chadwick Drive
Jackson, MS 39204
Obstetrics and Gynecology or Abdominal-Extended Meet the minimum ACT score or complete 3 credit hours of English and 3 credit hours of math. Download application.

Ask an Expert

Adrienne Hardy, BS, RDMS (Ab, Ob/Gdyn)Adrienne Hardy, BS, RDMS (Ab, Ob/Gyn)
Adrienne’s 3-part series on selecting and applying to ultrasound school will help prepare you for acceptance into the program of your choice, and show you what it’s really like to be a medical sonographer. “Some people say that sonography school is the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their life. I would say, half the difficulty is even getting INTO a good program. Not impossible, but it takes a good amount of work. This is a helpful guide to some requirements that may be expected of you.

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

Figuring out how to pay for school is understandably one of the more stressful and confusing aspects for students and their families.  It’s important to understand the difference between a financial gift and a loan, as well as the red flags to look out for.  Visit our Financial Aid Portal to learn more.

Below are just a few of the scholarships and awards available to students who qualify in Mississippi:

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Requirements How to Apply
Ultrasound Schools Info $1,000 Aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in/accepted to a CAAHEP accredited DMS program. Ultrasound Schools Info
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3026
Bellingham, WA 98227
scholarship@ultrasoundschoolsinfo.com
Mississippi Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP) Tuition and fees Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and enrollment in a full-time degree program at a higher institution. Complete the FASFA and the online application.
The Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship Award $1,000 Students attending a CAAHEP accredited program with an interest in echocardiography and leadership American Society of Echocardiography
The Society for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Professionals
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 450
Durham, NC 27713
919.861.5574
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.
Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid Varies The state of Mississippi offers millions of dollars in financial aid to a variety of students attending state colleges. Complete the online application and submit documents.

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Mississippi?

The mean annual salary for sonographers in Mississippi was $66,430, or $31.94 per hour in May 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Conditions in your area may vary. Those in the top of their field in the 90th percentile earned a mean annual wage of $82,100, while those just starting out earned up to around $50,000 a year.  Job availability in Mississippi is expected to increase by 18% by 2030 (O*Net).

Where you work, your level 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 of Science Degree, and earning a Bachelor’s Degree may open you up to higher paying positions as well.

Certification Requirements in Mississippi

There are currently no licensure or certification requirements for diagnostic medical sonographers in Mississippi. However, many states are considering moving toward required certification, so it’s a smart thing to consider as you search for jobs. In addition, most employers prefer or require you carry a credential from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. Below are two testing locations in Mississippi where you can take the exam once you meet the required ARDMS prerequisites:

  • 431 Main St, Tupelo, MS 38804
  • 6360 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd #250, Jackson, MS 39211

Graduating from a certificate or degree program accredited by the CAAHEP will automatically qualify you to sit for the ARDMS certification exam.

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview
About the ARDMS

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* 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.