Find Nevada’s Top Sonography Programs in 2021
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 becoming increasingly popular because of the relatively high salary and short education and training period. In addition, as the economic outlook begins to improve, jobs in Nevada’s sonography industry are expected to increase by 27.6% by 2026 (CareerOneStop). 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.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the most widely recognized accrediting body for sonography programs. A school receives accreditation from the 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 take the certification exam and ultimately to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of a recognized Nevada 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 Nevada in 2021
The following school is the only one in Nevada that has a sonography program accredited by the CAAHEP as of January, 2021:
|School||Programs Offered||Prerequisites||How to Apply|
|College of Southern Nevada
6375 West Charleston Blvd.
Sort Code WCK306
Las Vegas, NV 89146
|Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiac/Vascular Ultrasound||Course prerequisites with GPA of at least 2.5, plus minimum 20 hours of clinical observation||This is a Limited Entry Program.|
Certification Requirements in Nevada
Nevada does not require their diagnostic medical sonographers to possess licensure or certification. However, many employers do require professional certification, typically by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). This organization provides the most highly regarded certification to sonographers. The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. Once you have met the ARDMS’ prerequisites, there are two testing locations where you can take the exam in Nevada:
- 101 Convention Center Dr #330, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- 3230 E Flamingo Rd STE #1, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Additional Certification Information
How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Nevada?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual salary for sonographers working in Nevada is $83,050,* which is a bit above the national mean of $75,780.
Where you work, amount 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’s Degree, and it’s growing at a rapid pace. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree will open you up to higher paying positions as well.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Las Vegas
Healthcare is a strong employer of residents of Las Vegas, and sonography in particular is seeing strong performance. Wages for diagnostic medical imaging professionals in Las Vegas are above the national average ($82,720* a year). In addition, jobs are expected to increase by 27.6% by 2026 (CareerOneStop).
The only CAAHEP accredited program for future sonographers to attend is also in Las Vegas at the College of Southern Nevada. Get started on a career as a sonographer and become a part of the booming healthcare industry by attending a school or program in the Las Vegas area.
- Getting started
- Sonographer overview
- What makes a great sonographer
- Careers & education
- Other jobs in healthcare
*Conditions in your area may vary.