Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Ohio. Explore medical imaging educational and career opportunities near you.
Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in the care of their patients. Working closely alongside physicians, ultrasound techs use special equipment that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. These images are then used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as monitor the health of the fetus of an expectant mother.
The healthcare sector has been an employment standout, with consistent growth across the board over the past few years. Medical imaging is expected to witness above average job growth. CareerOneStop predicts that available jobs for ultrasound techs may increase by 19.6% by 2026 in Ohio. This, in addition to the short education and training period as well as the potential for high salary, makes medical imaging a popular career choice.
We will explore 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 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 confirms that the school is able to provide high quality education to their students so they’re prepared to enter the healthcare workforce.
The successful completion of an accredited Ohio DMS program is the fastest and most straightforward way that students can become eligible for the ARDMS Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) exam, as well as a specialty exam. You need to pass both of these tests in order to receive a professional license in 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 Ohio in 2020
The schools listed below offer CAAHEP accredited sonography programs as of September 2020:
|Institution Name||Location||Program Director||Initial Accreditation Date|
|Bowling Green State University Firelands College||One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839
|Cara Vickery BS, RDMS||5/16/2014|
|Central Ohio Technical College||1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
|Melinda Shoen EdD, RDMS, RVT, RDCS||5/3/1990|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223
|Tina Cisle MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT||5/14/2004|
|Collins Career Center – Chesapeake||11627 State Rte 243
Chesapeake, OH 45619
|Tracie Runyon BA, RDMS, RVT||5/16/2008|
|Cuyahoga Community College||11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130
|Sharon Alberts BA, RDMS, RT(R)||4/19/2001|
|Kettering College||3737 Southern Blvd.
Kettering, OH 45429
|Susan McLaughlin Price PhD, RDMS, RVT||1/17/1986|
|Lorain County Community College||1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
|Craig Peneff MHHS, RDMS, RVT||10/21/1995|
|Marion Technical College||1467 Mt Vernon Ave
Marion, OH 43302
|Debra Myers MEd, RDMS, RDCS, RVT||1/16/2014|
|Mercy Medical Center – Canton||1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
|Susan Bielanski BS, RDMS||4/19/2002|
|Ohio State University||453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
|Sundus Mohommad MS, RDMS, RVT||3/21/2014|
|Owens Community College||PO Box 10000
30335 Oregon Road
Toledo, OH 43699
|Julie Posey BAS, RDMS, RVT||1/23/1987|
|Stautzenberger College – Brecksville||8001 Katherine Blvd
Brecksville, OH 44141
|Renato Agustin MD, RDMS, RVT, RT(S)||9/16/2016|
|University of Findlay||1000 North Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840
|Susan Watters DHSc, RDMS, RVT||5/20/2016|
|University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College||218 North College Street
PO Box 500
Rio Grande, OH 45674
|Stephanie Wells-Mullins MHA, RDCS, RVT||1/26/2007|
Certification Requirements in Ohio
Currently, Ohio doesn’t require practicing sonographers to receive professional certification or licensure. However, as many employers do prefer or require certification, it’s a smart thing to consider if you want to have an advantage over other potential job candidates. Many states are considering mandating certification as well.
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 first have to meet their prerequisites. Once you have, you can take the exam at one of the various testing locations in Ohio:
- Norwood, OH 45212
- 4770 Duke Dr # 185, Mason, OH 45040
- 700 Taylor Rd # 180, Columbus, OH 43230
- 355 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus, OH 43235
- 202 Montrose W Ave, Copley, OH 44321
- 2001 Crocker Rd suite 350, Westlake, OH 44145
- 3201 Enterprise Pl # 10, Cleveland, OH 44122
- 6155 Rockside Rd #100, Independence, OH 44131
Additional Certification Information
How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Ohio?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2019) states that the mean annual salary for sonographers in Ohio is $67,150* ($32.28 an hour), which is a bit lower than the national average of $75,780. The 90th percentile made an average wage of $85,070* a year, while the 10th percentile made a mean annual salary of $52,330*.
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 as a sonographer. 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. However, earning a Bachelor’s Degree can open you up to higher paying positions as well.
Geographic location can also affect a sonographer’s salary. The table below displays the mean salaries for different areas of Ohio*:
|Metro Area||2019 Mean Salary|
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Columbus
Ohio State University is an accredited school located in the Columbus area, and enrolling may set you up nicely for a future career as an ultrasound technician. U.S. News and World Report ranked OSU 17th out of 209 in terms of top public schools, making it a great place where you can work towards you degree.
In 2019, there were 410 working sonographers in Columbus, Ohio who made an an average annual wage of $68,990* or $33.17 an hour* (BLS). In addition, job growth is expected to increase by 19.6% by 2026 state wide (CareerOneStop).
Get started on a career as a sonographer and become a part of the booming healthcare industry by attending an accredited school or program in the Ohio area.
- Getting started
- Sonographer overview
- What makes a great sonographer
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- Other jobs in healthcare
*Conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and job growth statistics provided by:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
*Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, May, 2019: http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=39&x=36&y=15