Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Nebraska. Explore medical imaging educational and career opportunities near you.
Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in the American healthcare industry. Using special technology, they take images of the inside of the body, which are then interpreted and used to detect, diagnose and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus. It’s a popular career choice due to the high demand, high pay, relatively short education and training time. In addition, job availability for sonographers is expected to increase by 14.8% by 2026 (CareerOneStop).
We will continue to dive into the topics mentioned above, 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 main organization that accredits 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 school also has 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 so they’re prepared to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of a recognized Nebraska 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 Nebraska in 2020
The following schools have all been accredited by CAAHEP and offer certificates or degrees in medical imaging as of August 2020:
|Institution Name||Location||Program Director||Initial Accreditation Date|
|Bryan College of Health Sciences||1535 S 52nd St
Lincoln, NE 68506-1398
|Julie Morbach MA, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)||1/18/2008|
|Nebraska Methodist College||720 North 87th Street
Omaha , NE 68114-2852
|Jody Berg MS, RDMS, RVT||4/28/1995|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||984545 Nebraska Medical Center
Division of Radiation Sciences Tech Educ
Omaha, NE 68198-4545
|Kim Michael MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT||10/9/1992|
Certification Requirements in Nebraska
Most states, including Nebraska, do not currently require their diagnostic medical sonographers carry a specific credential or license. Many employers, however, do prefer or require certification of their ultrasound techs, so it’s something to consider as you pursue your education.
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 two testing locations in Nebraska:
- 3506 N 147th St #202, Omaha, NE 68116
- 300 N 44th St #104, Lincoln, NE 68503
Besides graduating from a CAAHEP accredited school, the second easiest way to qualify for the ARDMS exam is 12 months of full-time clinical experience. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Nebraska 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 Nebraska?
The mean annual salary for sonographers working in Nebraska is $65,080, or $31.29 and hour* according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2019. This is a bit below the national average of $75,780. In addition, those working at the top of their field in the 90th percentile earned a mean salary of $80,250* a year, while those in the bottom 10th percentile made an average annual wage of $52,950.*
The salary you earn depends on a number of factors, including type of employer, level of education and experience, and geographic location. 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.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Omaha
The economy in Omaha, Nebraska has fared better than in many other metropolitan areas, and many of the large medical facilities in the area are hiring. Job growth is expected to be strong across the healthcare industry, not only for sonographers but for many of the allied health fields as well. Get started today by requesting information from a sonography program in Omaha.
The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area employed about 280 sonographers who earned a mean annual salary of $65,010.*
Frequently asked questions
What does an ultrasound technician in Nebraska 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 Nebraska?
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.