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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether or not an ultrasound career is a good fit for me?
“[Sonographers] have to have a passion for it. Don’t do it because you heard it pays well, don’t do it because somebody told you that there’s a lot of jobs in it. It has to be something where you’ve done the research, you know what the field involves and you say “Yeah I can see me doing that.“ If you want to get into the profession, know about it.
If somebody asks you, “What does a Sonographer do?” have an answer. If you can shadow, which is near impossible to do unfortunately, try and shadow. And do well in whatever pre-requisites you need, because if you don’t work hard at that, you’re not going to survive an ultrasound program.” – Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
What prerequisites do I need?
The prerequisites for sonography schools vary throughout colleges and universities. For example, prerequisites for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree may simply be a high school diploma or GED. Master’s programs typically require the previous completion of a Bachelor’s degree. Graduate faculties may require that you have completed some relevant courses during your undergraduate degree, such as Anatomy/Physiology, Physics/Math and Communications.
Select a state and request information from a school near you to learn more about an institution’s specific prerequisites.
Any advice for aspiring sonographers?
“In looking for a sonography program, be sure you find one that best suits your needs. Be sure to research the different avenues of ultrasound and have a basic understanding of what this career will require of you. It is imperative to understand the level of responsibility required by a Sonographer.” – Emily M. Downs BS RDMS RVT RDCS
Should I request information from a school and talk to a representative?
Yes, and it’s typically recommended that you prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Some areas you may wish to cover are whether graduating form a program makes you qualified to sit for the ARDMS certification exam (most programs do), what ultrasound specialties or courses are available, clinical locations and schedules, the program’s timeline, the availability of ultrasound equipment (i.e. is it compatible with current or progressive technologies), scholarship opportunities, and prerequisites for admissions.
Can I request information from more than one school?
Yes, and it’s recommended that you do so. By doing so, you will be able to compare the programs offered by different schools in order to choose an educational plan that fits your career goals, your ideal location, a specialty you may wish to pursue, your valued amenities, and your schedule.
Any suggestions on how to best prepare for future sonography trends?
“Inherit best practices to scanning techniques, increase proper utilization of ergonomic equipment, attend conferences or subscribe to ultrasound journals that would keep them informed of current trends in sonography like fusion imaging, elastography, and ultrasound contrast imaging.” – Yonella Demars, MSRS RDMS (Ab, Ob/Gyn, PS) RVT
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