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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Pennsylvania

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Learn more about Pennsylvania’s top sonography programs for 2020.

If you’ve been considering a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer, now is a great time to get started. Pursuing an education from a Sonography school in PA will set you on the path to a career in a growing field.  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are the state’s largest cities, and are home to many colleges and universities offering programs in ultrasonography.  Open positions for sonographers are expected to increase by 17% between 2016 and 2026.

Below you find all of the CAAHEP accredited Sonography schools in Pennsylvania that offer degree or certificate programs for 2020. Pennsylvania is expecting very strong job growth in the healthcare industry, and we’ve provided you with the resources you’ll need to research the field, as well as connecting you with programs in your area.

If you don’t see a medical sonography program listed in your area, you may want to consider one of the many other fields within healthcare. Nation-wide, job growth is expected across the industry.

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

There are many factors to consider when choosing a sonography program, from cost and proximity to job placement scores, but one of the most important is accreditation.  For a program to be accredited means that they have been reviewed by an outstanding agency for the purpose of verifying the quality of the education and training.

In sonography, the primary accrediting body is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The successful completion of one of these CAAHEP recognized Pennsylvania DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Pennsylvania in 2020

Pennsylvania offers 13 accredited sonography schools. Each of the following schools has met the CAAHEP DMS Accreditation Standards and Guidelines by passing a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit.  The list is current as of March 04, 2020.

13 Accredited SchoolsCampus Location
Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce CampusMonroeville, PA
Crozer-Chester Medical CenterUpland, PA
Great Lakes Institute of TechnologyErie, PA
Harrisburg Area Community CollegeHarrisburg, PA
Lackawanna CollegeScranton, PA
Misericordia UniversityDallas, PA
Mount Aloysius CollegeCresson, PA
Northampton Community CollegeBethlehem, PA
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (see interview below)Lancaster, PA
Pittsburgh Career InstitutePittsburgh, PA
South Hills School of Business and TechnologyState College, PA
Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
Westmoreland County Community CollegeYoungwood, PA

A Closer Look at Pennsylvania’s 13 CAAHEP Accredited DMS Programs

Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce Campus

📍Campus Location
Allegheny County Sonography Program
595 Beatty Road
Monroeville, PA 15146

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Eugene Anitori EdD, RDCS, RVT, FASE
Email: eanitori@ccac.edu

Students completing an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at CCAC have a choice of three tracts: General sonography (which includes abdominal and Ob/Gyn sonography); Cardiac ultrasound; and Vascular ultrasound. All three tracts are CAAHEP accredited. They require between a minimum of 74 and 77 credits to complete.

Prerequisites: Successful completion (C of better) of several 100 level math, science, and biology courses are required before admittance. It is also recommended that the applicant has job shadowed in an ultrasound department before applying. Full list of prerequistes can be found here: https://catalog.ccac.edu/content.php?catoid=7&navoid=947.

Students interested in applying should complete the USA assessment test prior to completing the required pre-coursework. More information can be found by calling the testing company at 972-564-3056.

Tuition cost: Allegheny County residents pay $116.00 per credit, not including fees.

Program Website: Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce Campus

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

📍Campus Location
One Medical Center Blvd
Pearl Hall
Upland, PA 1901

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Barbara Annunziato MEd, RDMS, RVT, RT
Email: barb.annunziato@crozer.org

Students will either complete a bachelor’s degree or post-baccalaureate certificate from Widener or their home-institution. General education courses will be completed at Widener University, while coursework pertaining to DMS will be completed at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

Full time attendance is required, with a five-semester time period given for DMS certificate completion. A grade of B is required in all classes in order to remain in the program. Re-admittance is not allowed.

Program goals and learning outcomes: Can be found here.
Widener University

Program website: https://www.crozerkeystone.org/academics/medical-education-allied-health/widener-crozer-diagnostic-medical-sonography-program/program-overview/

Great Lakes Institute of Technology

📍Campus Location
Great Lakes Institute of Technology DMS
5100 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Megan Moore BS, RDMS
Email: meganm@glit.edu

The program at GLIT is intended for those with no background experience in sonography. “Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) program who are professionally credentialed as a DMS through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences degree program at Clarion as a degree completion program. Such individuals will be awarded 60 block-style clinical credits by Clarion within the degree program and then must complete all other academic requirements at Clarion in order to be awarded the degree.”

Admissions requirements: A full list of requirements from GLIT can be found at https://glit.edu/admissions.

Program website: https://www.glit.edu/training-programs/diagnostic-medical-sonographer

Harrisburg Area Community College

📍Campus Location
Harrisburg College Sonography
One HACC Drive
Blocker 106-B
Harrisburg, PA 17110

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Julia R Imboden MS, RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Email: jrimbode@hacc.edu

Students at HACC have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science degree in General sonography. Successful completion of the program gives students the opportunity to sit for the SP&I, Abdomen, and Ob/Gyn sonography exams from the ARDMS and earn the RDMS credential.

Program length: 69 credits with full-time attendance, including classroom and clinical instruction.
Estimated program cost: Between $21,545 and $24,771. Full cost estimates can be found here.
Admissions criteria: HACC has created a downloadable PDF that with all the requirements.

Program website: https://www.hacc.edu/ProgramsandCo

urses/Programs/HealthCareers/Diagnostic-Medical-Sonographer.cfm

Lackawanna College

📍Campus Location
Lackawanna College Sonography
501 Vine St
Scranton, PA 18509

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Stephanie McDaniels BS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Email: mcdanielss@lackawanna.edu

Lackawanna College has CAAHEP accredited programs in General, Vascular, and Cardiac sonography. Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in one of the disciplines over a two year period of full time attendance. Classes are required Monday through Friday, with mandatory Saturdays and Summer courses and clinicals.

Admissions: A maximum of 20 students are accepted into the general program, and 25 for vascular and cardiac. Not all who apply are accepted.
Application packet: A downloadable PDF can be found here.
Tuition: $535 per credit.

Program website: https://www.lackawanna.edu/academics/allied-health-programs/sonography/

Misericordia University

📍Campus Location
Misericordia University DMS Program
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Sheryl E. Goss MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Email: sgoss@misericordia.edu

Misericordia offers an 18-month DMS certificate geared towards adult and non-traditional learners. Courses are offered every other weekend with weekday clinical rotations.

Instruction is supplemented with simulated lab experiences that are available in the daytime and evening hours. Graduates with receive a certificate of completion with allows them to sit for the ARDMS SP&I, abdominal, and ObGyn sonography exams.

Clinical education: Clinical sites may be located up to 90 miles away, with transportation the responsibility of the student.
Tuition: Full tuition information can be found at https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=2108.
Application: Create an account and begin the online application process here.

Program website: https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=1811

Mount Aloysius College

📍Campus Location
Mount Aloysius College
7373 Admiral Peary Highway
Cresson, PA 16630

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Andrea Gutmann BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Email: agutmann@mtaloy.edu

Students at Mount Aloysius have the opportunity to pursue either an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree in DMS, depending on their career coals. The CAAHEP accredited Associate’s will prepare the ultrasound technician to sit for the ARDMS exams, with access to state of the art equipment and labs. The Bachelor’s program will build on the learned outcomes of the Associate’s, with the addition of the business and management side of medical imaging.

Tuition: Tuition breakdown and financial aid information can be found at the following address: https://www.mtaloy.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/
Application: A brief, free application can be found here.

Program website: https://www.mtaloy.edu/academics/majors-programs/medical-imaging-ultrasonography/

Northampton Community College

📍Campus Location
Northamptom Sonography Program
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Susan Davidson BS, RDMS
Email: sdavidson@northampton.edu
Phone: (610) 332-6177

NCC offers an Associate in Applied Science in DMS degree to students who are then eligible to sit for the SP & I exam with the ARDMS. The program is designed for individuals looking to qualify for entry level ultrasound technician positions; a degree in allied health is not needed for acceptance into the program.

Application: The deadline for applying to the sonography program is February 1st of each year.
Program length: The Associate’s degree program is 24-months long and begins in the Fall each year.
Clinicals: There are approximately 1560 clinical hours required. Locations to complete the clinicals are throughout the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Bucks County, and New Jersey.

Program website: http://northampton.smartcatalogiq.com/2019-2020/College-Catalog/Academic-Programs/Health-Sciences-and-Social-Services/Diagnostic-Medical-Sonography-Associate-in-Applied-Science

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

📍Campus Location
Pennsylvania College Sonography
850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Tara L Dianna MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Email: tdianna2@pacollege.edu
Phone: (717) 544-5637

Pac College has a state of the art simulation facility for students to learn first-hand, real-world scanning skills. They offer a DMS Associate of Science degree, which is a two-year, 66 credit program. They also have a certificate program that is available to students who currently hold an associate’s degree or higher.

Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed several courses English, math, and science with a grace of C or better. Find a full list of requirements at https://www.pacollege.edu/admissions/requirements/.
Tuition: Undergraduate tuition is $610 per credit hour. The program fee for the general sonography program is $5,200.

Program website: https://www.pacollege.edu/academics/associate-degrees/diagnostic-medical-sonography-associate-degree/

Pittsburgh Career Institute

📍Campus Location
Pittsburgh Career Institute: Health Care Training
421 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Amber Cromerdie BS, RDMS, RVT
Email: acromerdie@pci.edu
Phone:(412) 281-2600 Ext -103

Earn your AAS at PCI and you’ll be prepared to take the SP&I exam from the ARDMS. Graduates will learn to perform ultrasounds on the abdomen, pelvis, pregnant female pelvis, and superficial structures, and will be equipped for entry-level sonography jobs. The program has been accredited by the CAAHEP for General sonography.

Program length: This is a two-year, full time program. Classes and clinicals are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
Admissions and requirements: PCI has provided a free, downloadable student handbook.

Program website: https://pci.edu/diagnostic-medical-sonography

South Hills School of Business and Technology

📍Campus Location
South Hills DMS Training
480 Waupelani Drive
State College, PA 16801

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Tricia Turner BS, RDMS, RVT
Email: tturner@southhills.edu
Phone: (814) 234-7755 Ext -6012

South Hills was first accredited by the CAAHEP in 2009. They currently offer three different accredited sonography programs: a 3-year Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Program; a 2-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus (DPP); and a 15-month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional (DMP).

🗣 Read our full interview with Program Director, Tricia Turner

Our school has invested time and money for the resources our students need to succeed. SHS has several pieces of current ultrasound equipment with five professional Sonographers as faculty members. Our students acquire hours of hands-on experience prior to being placed on internship. They are comfortable with protocols and scanning normal anatomy so when they attend their clinical, from the very first day, they appreciate and recognize what the sonographers are scanning. We also offer internships at numerous sites that provide high quality sonography experience.

Tricia Turner BS, RDMS, RVT, South Hills DMS Program Director

Application: Students apply online at http://www.southhills.edu/application/.

Program website: http://www.southhills.edu/programs/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

Thomas Jefferson University

📍Campus Location
Thomas Jefferson University DMS Program
901 Walnut St Suite 704
Philadelphia, PA 19107

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Nandkumar Rawool MD, RDMS
Email: nandkumar.rawool@jefferson.edu
Phone: (215) 503-8724

Thomas Jefferson University received their CAAHEP accreditation in 1986 for their General sonography program. They now offer bachelor’s degrees in general, vascular, and cardiac sonography. The stated mission of the program is “…to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in Sonography as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

Program options: TJU offers pre-professional and professional BS programs. Learn more at https://www.jefferson.edu/university/health-professions/departments/programs/health-sciences-programs/faqs.html.

Westmoreland County Community College

📍Campus Location
Westmoreland CC DMS
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697

🏫 Contact Information
Program Director: Kayla Branthoover BS, RDMS, RVT
Email: branthooverk@westmoreland.edu
Phone: (724) 925-4286

The accredited sonography program at Westmoreland is an Associate in Science degree. Graduates will be prepared to take the ARDMS certification exam and will be eligible for entry-level ultrasound technician jobs.

Application process: Applications must be submitted by January 12 for a Fall start.
Program length: Two years of full-time attendance

Program website: https://westmoreland.edu/academics/programs/diagnostic-medical-sonography.html

Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, DMS professor at her alma mater, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT

Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT has been a sonographer for over 20 years, but she’s been intrigued by the sciences since grade school.

Currently she is a full time Diagnostic Medical Sonography professor at her alma mater, Thomas Jefferson University.  Learn more about the program at Thomas Jefferson University in this interview with Dr. Fox.

She earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, and her Doctorate in Education from Drexel University.

Ultrasound Tech Certification Requirements in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania does not require licensure to be an ultrasound technician. However, almost all employers require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam.

Requirements for Ultrasound Technician Certification in Pennsylvania

The easiest way to qualify to sit for the exam is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). However, there are other ways to meet their requirements as well, which are detailed on the ARDMS Application Checklist.   Read through them and find which is applicable to your situation.

There are many locations throughout Pennsylvania to take the exam, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the test administrator group Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.

Additional Certification Information

DMS Certification Overview
Learn More About the ARDMS

How Much do Ultrasound Techs in Pennsylvania Earn?

The median salary for sonogaphers in PA $65,180, which is about $31.00 an hour. If you’re just starting out as a new graduate, entry level pay is around $48,000 per year.  Seasoned professionals and those in managerial positions can earn as much as $88,000 (according to Career OneStop).

The amount you earn depends on several factors, including experience and level of education. Where you work also plays a role. Most sonographers work in hospital settings, though outpatient care centers tend to pay the highest.

Job Growth and Salary for Ultrasound Technologist in Pennsylvania

  • Median annual salary is $65,180.
  • Jobs in medical sonography in PA are expected to grow by 18% by 2026.
  • 190 job openings are expected each year
  • The New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA metropolitan area has the highest employment level in the country.

This table shows you the mean annual salaries for the major metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania. You’ll find that larger metropolitan areas tend to pay better, though pay is competitive across the state. Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from May 2018.

Metropolitan AreaMedian Salary
Pittsburgh, PA$59,720
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA$65,190
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$69,690
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD$73,050
Advice From a Graduate of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT

Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT, is a diagnostic medical sonographer and registered vascular technician in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

She is a  graduate from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College).

“Successful sonography students should have a strong work ethic and understand how to communicate with others. Sonography is a challenging program, and is a constantly changing profession.”

– Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT, graduate of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

In an interview, Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT, shares her experiences with us studying sonography and working in the field at Lancaster General Health Physicians Surgical Group. She offers some helpful advice on how to be a successful student and sonographer.

Pennsylvania Sonography Scholarships

Pursuing your education can be an expensive endeavor, and scholarships can help offset some of that expense. Along with potential financial aid, scholarships can be used to help pay for tuition, books, and sometimes living expenses.  Learn more by visiting our Financial Aid center.

There are many different types of scholarships that you can apply for, some of which are detailed below. Details and applications can be found by visiting the individual scholarship that you’re interested in pursuing.

ScholarshipAward AmountEligibility RequirementsHow to Apply
M. Verna Butterer Educational Trust$14,000Applicant must be at least a 2-year resident of Bucks County, PA, and demonstrate financial need.M. Verna Butterer Educational Trust
P.O. Box 273
Fountainville, PA 18923
215-249-0503
Pennsylvania State Grant ProgramAwards varyFinancial needs-based award for high school graduates attending an approved program.Scholarship Committee
info@pheaa.org
NAAAP Philadelphia$1,000Scholarship is for Asian or Asian-Americans attending a greater-Philadelphia accredited college.Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 473
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Ultrasound Schools Info$1,000, 2x per yearThis is a semi-annual, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography program, or a high school student who has been accepted to a program.Ultrasound Schools Info
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3026
Bellingham, WA 98227

Medical Imaging Organizations for Pennsylvania

Belonging to a society or organization within your chosen field has many benefits. Networking with your peers, learning about new technologies and procedures, and remaining current with CME requirements can all come from membership with these organizations.

There are several medical imaging societies in Pennsylvania to research, including those listed below, as well as numerous national sonography associations.

City Spotlight: Philadelphia, PA

In 2014, Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Radiologic Sciences won “Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program” as part of the Minnies awards (AuntMinnie.com). The Jefferson School of Health Professions Department offers a bachelor degree in radiologic sciences where students can choose from a variety of modalities to specialize in, from nuclear medicine to

cardiac or general sonography. Thomas Jefferson University is just one of several schools in Philadelphia that offers training to aspiring ultrasound technicians and other medical imagers.

As far as occupational prospects goes, diagnostic medical sonographer employment is projected to increase by 33.3% between 2012 and 2022 in the Philadelphia-Camden Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis).

Additionally, in the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Area, the median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers was $73,050 in May 2018.

The City of Brotherly Love has much to offer, and there’s good reason why The New York Times placed “the urban outdoor oasis” near the very top of its list of “52 Places to Go in 2015.” From the site where the Declaration of Independence was adopted to the place where the first American flag was sewn, from the Mummers Museum to the Mütter Museum of “medical oddities,” from the 76rs to the Flyers, from the extensive pedestrian-friendly and outdoor spaces to delicious cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and extreme Happy Hours, Philadelphia appeals to a variety of tastes!

Ultrasound Programs in Nearby States

Advice From the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Emily Long

Emily Long, part of the communications team at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, PA, enjoys writing about current trends in health care and helping students get the information they need to land a job in their desired career field.

“Applying for your first job as a sonographer can seem daunting. But there are lots of great ways to start enhancing your resume before you even graduate. Applying a few of the suggestions discussed here can help you get ahead of the curve.” In this article she talks about how to build your resume while still in school to help you land your dream job upon graduation.

Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician do?
There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: ultrasoundschoolsinfo.com/ultrasound-technician. Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a sonographer.

How do I become a sonographer in Pennsylvania?
We’ll walk you through all of the steps, starting when you’re still in high school or before you’ve started any 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?
The minimum degree required to be eligible for an entry-level sonography position is an Associates in Science (AAS) degree.  Most Associate degree programs are completed in two years with full-time attendance.  For advanced careers, a bachelor’s degree is an option, as are 12-18 month certificates for individuals who already have an Associates of Science or related degree.

How do I know if it’s right for me?
The coursework and clinicals in sonography are rigorous.  It helps to be proficient in math, science, and physics to master the technical skills, but there are also inter-personal skills that are important.  Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.

Can I take any courses online?

Many schools have an online component, but there are only 3 accredited sonography programs in the nation whose entire curriculum is online.  In every case, it is required that clinicals and labs be performed, in person, at a licensed and approved clinical setting.  Visit our accredited programs page to see the full selection of online schools.

Resources:
2019 Pennsylvania in-demand occupations list
Career OneStop
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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