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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Missouri

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Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly trained individuals who play an important role in diagnosing and treating the diseases of their patients. Ultrasound techs use specialized equipment that emits sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body, which are then interpreted by physicians in order to prevent diseases or help a patient heal from one. Sonographers also perform ultrasounds that monitor the health of the fetus of an expectant parent.

How to Become an Ultrasound Tech in Missouri

  • Choose an Accredited Ultrasound Program and Apply. Do your research and ask questions to make sure the program you are attending has been accredited, preferably by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Missouri has 5 ultrasound degree or certificate programs that have received this recognition. You’ll also want to learn about the clinical rotation opportunities and the full cost of the program.
  • Earn Your Degree. Most schools offer an Associate of Applied Science in medical sonography, which is the minimum required to be a sonographer. There are accelerated certificate programs available at some schools for students who meet the prerequisites, as well as Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Pass the Certification Exam. Prospective employers will likely require you to be certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Graduating from a CAAHEP accredited sonography program will prepare you to sit for their exam.

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Why Choose a CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Program?

Ad for DMS career guide bookThe most widely recognized 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.

The successful completion of a CAAHEP accredited sonography 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 $1,000 scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Missouri in 2024

The schools listed below are CAAHEP accredited and offer certificates or degrees in diagnostic medical sonography as of October, 2023:

School Programs Prerequisites How to Apply
Cox College
1423 North Jefferson Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Bachelor’s degree in Vascular, Adult Cardiac, Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Abdominal Extended Prerequisites vary depending on educational path Complete the online application
St Louis Community College
5600 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Certificate of Proficiency in Adult Cardiac, Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Abdominal-Extended Associate Degree,  prerequisite courses, and job shadow hours Complete the Program Requirements Checklist and apply online
St Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
901 E 104th StMailstop 3000 SouthKansas City, MO 64131
Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Abdominal-Extended, or Adult Cardiac AAS degree from a JCERT or CAAHEP accredited allied health program Full admission and application checklist
State Fair Community College
3201 W 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
Associate of Science in DMS with specialty tracks in Adult Cardiac, Vascular, Abdominal-Extended, or Obstetrics and Gynecology Observation hours, prerequisites vary by area of study Begin by creating an account
University of Missouri-Columbia
409 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Bachelor or Master of Health Science in Vascular, Abdominal-Extended, or Obstetrics and Gynecology Varies by area of study and degree Varies, see online application options

Ask an Expert

Lynn at school in scrubsLynn Nguyen, sonographer and co-host of “Sonographers in the Cities” podcast

Q: What made you decide to pursue sonography as your second career?

A:I had considered other careers such as PA, like my teenage self had wanted, and nursing. However, I am now older and knew what I definitely wanted in my future career. After some late-nights thinking and researching, I knew DMS would be the right career for me. I wanted a profession where I can excel at a role while simultaneously helping others.”

Learn more about why Lynn chose medical sonography in her recent article.

Help Paying for Your Sonography Program

Scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs are available to many students who meet the qualifications. Visit our Financial Aid center to learn about the various programs and ensure you’re protected as you go through the process.

Below are just a few of the scholarships available to those students in Missouri who qualify:

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
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development Varies A variety of grants, loans, and scholarships are available to students. Begin by completing the FAFSA, and then apply with the State agency.
Black Community Scholarship Fund $5,000 Student must be of African American descent and residing in the greater Kansas City area. Submit required documents to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Siemens Clinical Advancement Scholarship $5,000 Active ASRT member registered with the ARRT, ASRT Foundation
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909 USA

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Missouri?

The mean annual salary for sonographers working in Missouri in 2022 was $81,210, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Sonography is expected to witness above average job growth. O*Net predicts available jobs for ultrasound techs in Missouri will increase by 14% by 2030.

The salary you earn can depend on a number of factors, including type of employer, level of education and experience. 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. Receiving an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 can also affect salary. The table below shows the mean annual salary for different areas in Missouri as of 2022:

Metropolitan Area Mean Annual Salary
Kansas City, MO-KS $87,280
Springfield, MO $73,190
St. Louis, MO-IL $81,940

Certification Requirements in Missouri

Certification or credentialing of allied health professionals is a common practice and demonstrates the education and knowledge of the individual.

In sonography, the most common type of credential is provided by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their credential is by taking and passing the Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam, as well as a specialty exam. In order to qualify, you must meet one of their prerequisites, which includes graduating from a CAAHEP accredited program.  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

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.