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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Washington

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Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Washington. Explore medical imaging education and career opportunities near you.


If you’re interested in pursuing your degree at a sonography school in Washington in 2020, then you will have the opportunity to combine a quality education with a positive employment outlook.  The economy in the state is said to be growing at a pace faster than that of the rest of the country, largely due to the thriving aerospace industry.  The state has a highly educated workforce and a per capita income that is above average.  This all means more jobs in the health care industry, and a medical imaging degree will help you secure one of these sought after positions.

If you don’t see a sonography program in your area, consider exploring one of the many related fields. Listed below are programs for a variety of careers in healthcare. Request information from a school near you, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions to see if they will help you meet your long-term goals.

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

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.

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

“While imaging services like x-ray and MRI are excellent ways to help in diagnosing, ultrasound is unique in that we are working in direct contact with the patient. We don’t hide behind a lead wall, we’re in the same room. Sonographers have to keep calm even when there’s something wrong because any worry in our face, the patient will be able to read. We stay strong and positive so that patients can do the same.” -Annica B., sonography student at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington

Accredited Sonography Schools in Washington in 2020

The following sonography programs in Washington have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of March, 2019:

Institution Name Location Program Director Initial Accreditation Date
Bellevue College 3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Mail Stop A242C
Bellevue, WA 98007
Terry Hatcher MEd, RDMS, RT(N)(CT)(R), CNMT, PET 1/23/1987
Seattle University 901 12th Avenue
PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122
Jennifer Amlog MBA, RVT 1/21/1983
Spokane Community College 1810 N Greene Street
MS 2090
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Donna Rubosky MEd, RDMS, RVT, RDCS 5/21/2010
Tacoma Community College 6501 South 19th St
Building 19
Tacoma, WA 98466
Shea C. Bower BS, RDMS 9/19/2008

Washington Healthcare Career Resources

Most ultrasound technicians in Washington have at least an associate’s degree in medical sonography, although some schools offer bachelor’s and even master’s programs for students looking for careers in management or teaching . Learn more about the career opportunities available to sonographers, and request information from schools to make sure they have the programs you’re looking for.

By The Numbers

Diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median annual salary of $81,180 in Washington, which is significantly higher than the national average of $66,410 (2013 data).

The state is also expecting strong career growth, with a 23% increase in employment forecasted through 2020.

Certification Requirements in Washington

Washington State FlagThe state of Washington does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. Though not legally required, many employers do ask for professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are 10 locations throughout Washington State to take the exam, plus one in Burnaby, BC, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing company Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.

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 12 months of full time clinical experience. You can read more about testing requirements and the other ways to qualify for the exam at the ARDMS website. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Washington, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician do?

There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: ultrasounddchoolsinfo.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 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 degree programs are completed within two years.

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.

What other jobs can I get in healthcare?

There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.

City Spotlight: Seattle

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Seattle

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WalletHub determined that Seattle, Washington is the “Best City for Jobs” in 2015; and those interested in healthcare will be pleased to know that one in every five of the city’s jobs is tied to healthcare. “Seattle’s Healthcare Industry sector, which includes healthcare professionals, hospitals, healthcare products, healthcare services, and research and training organizations; provides 96,000 jobs and contributes over $10 billion to the local economy,” states Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.

Ultrasound technicians and sonographers are among those healthcare professionals in demand in Seattle. According to Washington State’s Employment Security Department, 24 diagnostic medical sonographer job openings are estimated for each year (2012-2022) in the Seattle King WDA. In the same area, the average income for sonographers was $87,300/year in May, 2015.

Pursuing your diagnostic medical imaging degree in Seattle will put you in the middle of a growing field in a city with strong economic ties; and there are several sonography schools to choose from, in the city or nearby. When you’re not studying or working, check out some of Seattle’s 1,840 cultural and recreational venues—the highest density of cultural venues in U.S. cities according to PropertyShark. From the Experience Music Project (EMP) created by Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul G. Allen, to the world famous, must-visit, Pike Place Market, there is plenty to keep you entertained! Go Hawks!

A November 22, 2017 article in the Seattle Times ranked Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician as the 2nd highest paying job available with a Community College or Technical Program degree, rather than a full Bachelor’s degree.

Financial Assistance for Sonographers

Residents of Washington have the opportunity to apply for medical imaging scholarships to help them with the cost of their education tuition and fees.

Eligibility requirements vary by individual scholarship. Some are specific to students with a financial need, others reward merit.  Most colleges also offer scholarships to students who will be attending their program.  You’ll find more information regarding available medical imaging and related healthcare scholarships below. Please contact each individual scholarship for their specific application requirements.  Visit our financial aid center to learn more about scholarships, as well as grants and student loans.

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Requirements How to Apply
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship $1,000 Low or middle income Washington residents earning a STEM or healthcare degree. 1414 31st Ave S., Ste. 302
Seattle, WA 98144
Washington Student Achievement Council From $2,000 to $35,000 per year The Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship program provides financial support in the form of education related loan repayment or conditional scholarships to providers who are willing to serve in healthcare professional shortage areas within the state for two to three years. 917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 753-7800
SDMS Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship Program $2,500 Deserving sonography student who has been accepted or is currently enrolled in an educational program in diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology that is accredited by CAAHEP. Contact the SDMS Foundation at +1-214-473-8057 or scholarship@sdmsfoundation.org
Siemens Clinical Advancement Scholarship $5,000 Scholarship to assist medical imaging professionals who are earning their Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Degree, and seeking to enhance their clinical practice skills and provide excellent patient care. American Society of Radiologic Technologists Education and Research
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909
Ultrasound Schools Info Two $1,000 scholarships each year Our 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

What Can You Earn as a Sonographer in Washington?

The following table compares the median annual salaries in the major metropolitan areas of the state.

Metropolitan Area 2015 Median Salary
Bellingham, WA $89,200
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA $83,600
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA $83,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $89,900
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA $87,300
Spokane, WA $84,200
Tacoma, WA $84,600

All salary and job statistics, unless otherwise noted, have been provided by:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
*Career One Stop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=53&x=46&y=15

Additional statistical information provided by: