Find Texas’ Top Sonography Programs in 2020
Diagnostic medical imaging is a rapidly growing field within healthcare. It’s a popular career choice for many reasons, including the relatively short educational and training period required for entry-level positions. Sonographers in Texas are in high demand, and the state ranks 5th nation-wide in percent growth for jobs.
The technology has progressed from scans used during pregnancy to aiding in diagnosing and treating illness and disease, and the technical and personal skill of the sonographer is paramount. It’s a rigorous course of study, but a very rewarding field to be a part of.
If you’ve been considering a career in healthcare and you’re interested in applying to one of the ultrasound technician schools in Texas, we’ll help you get started. Below we will provide you with the resources you’ll need to research the field of medical imaging, learn about the licensing and certification requirements in Texas, as well as connect you with accredited programs in your area.
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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs
For a school or program to be accredited means that they have undergone a rigorous review from an outside agency. As you look at schools you will see that there are many ways in which they can be accredited. In sonography, however, the most important accreditation for a program to have is the one offered by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). If the program that you’re researching has this accreditation, that is a clear testament to the quality of education that you’ll be receiving.
Additionally, the successful completion of one of these recognized Texas sonography programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.
Cost, entrance requirements, job placement percentages, and proximity are all important things to think about when researching programs, just be sure that accreditation is at the top of the priority list.
“Do your research and professional observations before you get started. This is an important decision and healthcare is a great profession, but it’s not for everyone, so do everything in your power to make sure this is the right field for you.”Jessica L. Murphy
Program Director of Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography
Alvin College, Alvin, Texas
Accredited Sonography Schools in Texas in 2020
Each of these 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. They are all in compliance and accredited as of March, 2020.
|Institution Name||Location||Program Director||Initial Accreditation Date|
|Alvin Community College||3110 Mustang Rd|
Alvin, TX 77511
|Suzanne Poston BS, RDCS, RVS, RCS, RCCS, FASE||11/18/2005|
|Angelina College||3500 South First Street|
Lufkin, TX 75902
|Casey Davis RT(R), RDMS, RVT||9/17/2010|
|Austin Community College||4400 College Park Drive|
Round Rock, TX 78665
|Janet Barlow AAS, RDCS, RVTG||10/17/1997|
|Del Mar College||101 Baldwin Blvd|
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
|Christin Vega MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)||5/2/1991|
|El Centro College||801 Main Street|
Dallas, TX 75202
|Lynn Schluns BS, RDMS, RVT||7/22/1987|
|El Paso Community College||PO Box 20500|
El Paso, TX 79998
|Nora M Balderas BS, RT(R), RDMS||5/2/1991|
|Harris Health System||9250 Kirby Dr.|
Houston, TX 77054
|Georgette Shepherd BHSc, RDMS, RT(R)(M)||11/17/2010|
|Houston Community College||1900 Pressler Street|
Houston, TX 77030
|Elizabeth Ho BHs, RDMS, RT(R)||1/26/2007|
|Houston International College||12135 Bissonnet|
Houston, TX 77099
|Joan Douglas MS, RDCS, RCS||11/18/2016|
|Lamar Institute of Technology||855 East Lavaca|
Beaumont, TX 77705
|Judy Tinsley RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R)||9/17/2004|
|Lone Star College||9191 Barker Cypress Road|
Cypress, TX 77433
|Jeremi Martin BA, RDMS, RVT||3/11/2005|
|Midland College||3600 North Garfield|
Midland, TX 79705
|Brandi Havner BAAS, RDMS||9/17/2004|
|Parker University||2540 Walnut Hill Lane|
Dallas, TX 75229
|Ashley Ragsdale BAS, RDMS, RVT||1/16/2020|
|Pima Medical Institute||10201 Katy Freeway|
Houston, TX 77024
|Sarah Carmona-Alaniz MEd, RDMS||1/11/2018|
|San Jacinto College||8060 Spencer Highway|
Pasadena, TX 77505
|Samisha Davis BS, RDMS||5/15/2015|
|St Phillips College||1801 Martin Luther King Drive|
San Antonio, TX 78203
|Yvette Senovsky MD, RDMS||5/17/2019|
|Tarrant County College||245 East Belknap|
Fort Worth, TX 76102
|Jacqueline Bennett-Scamardo MS, RDMS, RVS, RVT, RT(R,CT)||11/16/2018|
|Temple College||2600 South First Street|
Temple, TX 76504
|Felix Guzman DM, DMD, MBA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT||3/18/2011|
|Texas Southmost College||80 Fort Brown|
Brownsville, TX 78520
|Ariel Villanueva MD, RDMS||5/20/2005|
|Tyler Junior College||P.O. Box 9020|
Tyler, TX 75711
|Wesley Speake BS, RDMS, RVT||4/17/1997|
|Weatherford College||225 College Park Dr|
Weatherford, TX 76086
|Peter Klimo MD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT||1/19/2012|
“I would encourage all aspiring sonographers to be ‘all-in’. This is about patient care… we are commissioned to be the best each time we pick up the transducer regardless the ethnicity, the time of day or the type of scan. It’s about the patient!”Pamela Brower
Department Chair of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Tyler Junior College, Tyler Texas
Certification Requirements in Texas
Is certification required to be a sonographer in Texas?
Certification is not required by the state of Texas. However, possessing certification in your field is a way of showing expertise and dedication to your craft, and is worth pursuing. Most employers require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Earn your ARDMS certification
The only way to earn certification by the ARDMS is by taking and passing their exam.
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). Otherwise, you’ll need to meet one of their other requirements, such as 12 months of full time clinical experience prior to taking their test. The ARDMS publishes a full list of possible prerequisites on their downloadable PDF.
Additional Certification Information
How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Texas?
Medical sonographers in Texas earned a median salary of $71,550. For those just entering the workforce, you can expect to earn around $52,000 per year, while those at the top of the pay scale earn over $100,000 per year.
Texas is the 2nd most populated state in the country with over 23 million residents. It boasts three of the top ten most populous cities in the nation (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio), and has a diverse multicultural ethnic make-up. In 2016, there were over 5,200 sonographers in Texas, and that number is expected to increase by 35% by 2026.
In 2017 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics declared that Texas had the 4th highest employment level in the nation for medical sonographers. The Texas Workforce Commission is predicting strong growth in the healthcare industry throughout the state.
There are a lot of factors that can affect how much you earn, from the type of employer you work for, to your education and geographic location. Most of the ultrasound techs working in Texas have an Associate’s in Science degree and find employment at hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities. Furthering your education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree can make you eligible for more senior positions, which will typically come with a higher salary. Job growth is expected to be strong in the state, so it’s a great time to launch a new career in medical imaging.
Job Growth and Salary for Ultrasound Technologist in Texas
- Median salary for ultrasound techs in Texas was $71,800 in 2017
- In 2016 there were over 5,200 working sonographers in the state
- The Houston area has the 4th highest level of employment in the country
- Job growth is expected to be at 35% by 2026
Texas Sonography Scholarships
Investing in your education is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make, and it can be costly. Student loans are one way to pay for your education, and there are many scholarships that go un-awarded every year. Most schools have needs or merit-based scholarships available, and there are countless clubs, organizations, and businesses that offer scholarships as well.
Most needs-based scholarships require that you apply for the FASFA first, which is a federal financial aid program, before they’ll accept your application. Make sure that whatever you apply for, that there is no fee for application. That is a red-flag that what is being offered is a scam. Learn more about financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships, and financial aid for undocumented students by visiting our financial aid center.
Below you will find just a few of the scholarship opportunities for program applicants in Texas.
|Scholarship||Award Amount||Eligibility Requirements||How to Apply|
|Texas Urban Scholarship||$2,000||Needs based scholarship for students who are from certain counties within the state.||Scholarship Committee|
1140 Empire Central
Dallas, TX 75247
|Texas Educational Opportunity Grant||Amount varies||Applicant must demonstrate financial need and attend a public school or university in Texas.||Student Financial Aid Programs|
PO Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
|George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarship||$18,000||Applicant must be a high school senior from one of the Houston area counties.||3336 Richmond|
Houston, TX 77098
|Ultrasound Schools Info||$1,000, twice per year||The Ultrasound Schools Info student scholarship 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
Sonography City Spotlight: Houston, TX
Houston has the 5th largest level of employment for sonographers of any metropolitan area in the country, it’s ranked 4th in overall job growth in the nation, and The Texas Medical Center in Southwest Houston is the largest medical center in the world, employing more than 61,000 individuals.
There are great job opportunities for sonographers and other healthcare technicians in Houston, and health technician programs in the city serve to educate and train those interested in becoming part of such a robust local economy.
There are 4 Accredited Sonography Schools in Houston
- Harris Health System
- Houston Community College
- Houston International College
- Pima Medical Institute
Sonography Jobs in Houston
The Houston Article, in a November, 2014 article, named sonography as one of the “Top 25 High Paying Jobs for People Who Hate Math”, stating “We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $65,000 that don’t require heavy math skills.”
For those of you who have completed your sonography or health technician program, check out the Chronicle chron.com/jobs for great career advice and posted jobs.
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Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals
According to the US Department of Education, limited English proficient (LEP) learners were the fastest growing population in the country. It is estimated that 34% of adults in Texas speak a non-English language. The healthcare industry is concerned that Texans as a result may not be receiving optimal health care.
The over 3 million citizens in Texas who speak English as a 2nd or even 3rd language, can have difficulty understanding the information presented to them by their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare providers who speak a second language can have increased job opportunities available to them, especially in Texas, which has historically been a destination-state for immigrants.
Frequently asked questions
What does an ultrasound technician do?
Ultrasound technicians, also called medical sonographers, use special equipment that emits sound waves to image internal organs, tissues, and unborn babies. They play an essential role in the healthcare team. Learn more by visiting our ultrasound technician overview page.
How do I get started?
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?
Most sonographers hold a two-year associates degree, with one-year certificates and bachelors degrees available depending on your previous education and career goals. Visit our degree center to learn which options are right for you.
How do I know if it’s right for me?
In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.
You can also learn first hand what it’s like to be a sonographer by reading one of the many interviews we’ve conducted with professionals and teachers in the industry.