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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Missouri

October 2020 is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month! ❤️ THANK YOU to our medical imaging community.

Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Missouri. Explore medical imaging educational and career opportunities near you.

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Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in diagnosing and treating the diseases of their patients. Ultrasound techs along with physicians use special equipment that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body, which are then interpreted in order to prevent diseases or help a patient heal from one. The images also monitor the health of the fetus of an expecting mother.

Sonography is expected to witness above average job growth. CareerOneStop predicts available jobs for ultrasound techs will increase by 17.7% by 2026 in Missouri. This is partly because of the short education and training period, as well as the high salary. We will continue to dive into each of 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 most well known organization that accredits 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. The school must also pass a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit. This makes sure that the students are receiving quality education that prepares them to enter the healthcare workforce.

The successful completion of a recognized Missouri 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 Missouri in 2020

The schools listed below are CAAHEP accredited and offer certificates or degrees in diagnostic medical sonography as of August 2020:

Institution Name Location Program Director Initial Accreditation Date
Cox College 1423 North Jefferson Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Michelle Masengill MEd, RDMS, RVT 10/19/2001
St Louis Community College 5600 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Patti Rudick MEd, RDMS, RT(R) 1/17/1986
St Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City 4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Tiffany A Johnson BA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT 11/21/2008
State Fair Community College 3201 W 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
Alice Townsend MBA, RDMS, RVT 3/16/2018
University of Missouri-Columbia 409 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Moses Hdeib MD, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT 1/26/2007

Certification Requirements in Missouri

There are currently no certification requirements for diagnostic medical sonographers living in Missouri. However, because many employers prefer or require certification, it’s something to consider if you want an advantage over other potential job candidates.

The most highly regarded certification is provided by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their 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 Missouri:

  • 10805 Sunset Office Dr #402, St. Louis, MO 63127
  • 1700 E Pointe Dr, Columbia, MO 65201
  • 2833A Battlefield Rd #106, Springfield, MO 65804
  • 901 S National Ave, Springfield, MO 65897
  • 9200 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114
  • 2025 Craigshire Rd # 130, St. Louis, MO 63146
  • 3221 McKelvey Rd, Bridgeton, MO 63044

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 [state] 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.

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview

About the ARDMS

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Missouri?

The mean annual salary for sonographers working in Missouri is $72,790,* according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of 2019. This is just below the national average of $75,780.

The salary you earn depends on a number of factors, including type of employer, level of education and experience, and more. For example, outpatient care centers tend to pay the most, while larger imaging centers and hospitals typically offer competitive benefit programs as well as a base salary. Additionally, receiving an Associate’s Degree is required to become an entry level sonographer, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree can make you qualified for higher paying job positions.

Geographic location also affects salary. The table below states the mean salary for different areas in Missouri as of 2019:*

Metropolitan Area Mean Salary
Kansas City, MO-KS $78,640
Springfield, MO $69,710
St. Louis, MO-IL $70,310

 

 

City Spotlight: Kansas City, Missouri

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Kansas City

Kansas City, MOAccording to Kansas City Star, Kansas City is beginning to see an increase in economic growth, and is predicted to “grow slightly faster than the U.S. economy in … 2020.” In addition, many industries are growing in Kansas City, including healthcare. Jobs for sonographers are expected to increase by 17.% by 2026 state wide (CareerOneStop).

Get started on a career as a sonographer by attending one of the programs in the Kansas City area, such as St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

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*Conditions in your area may vary.

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