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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.

Washington

Join the growing field of medical imaging by attending one of the accredited sonography programs in Washington; you’ll find then listed below.

Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in healthcare.  Using special equipment that emits high frequency sound saves, they are able to obtain images of the inside of the body.  Those images are used by physicians to prevent, diagnose, and treat illness and disease.  Sonographers also use ultrasound to monitor the growth and development of a baby during development.

Sonography degree programs in Washington are selective and the training is rigorous, but graduation from a program will prepare you for an entry-level position in this challenging and rewarding field.  Washington state has a highly educated workforce and a per capita income that is above average.  It is also the 5th highest paying state for sonographers.  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

With most educational paths, and for sonography in particular, it is very important to choose an accredited program.  The most widely recognized accrediting body for medical imaging is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  To become accredited by the CAAHEP, the schools must meet their 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 CAAHEP accredited Washington DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination (learn more about the ARDMS below).

Accredited Sonography Schools in Washington in 2020

The following sonography programs in Washington have all been accredited by the CAAHEP, as of October, 2020:

School Programs Offered Prerequisites How to Apply
Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Associate of Arts in DMS
  • Advanced Certificate in Breast Ultrasound for current sonographers
  • Bachelors of Applied Science for current sonographers
AA applicants must complete certain prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.2 GPA, within the last 5 years. Application and supporting documentation are submitted online.
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound Certain prerequisite courses must be completed and passed with a grade of “C” or better. Complete list of requirements for application can be found here.
Spokane Community College
1810 N Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217
Associate in Applied Science – DMS Prerequisite courses with a min 2.5 GPA completed within past 5 years; 40 hours documented volunteerism in healthcare environment. Applications are submitted online prior to the start of the new quarter.
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th St
Building 19
Tacoma, WA 98466
Associate of Applied Science – DMS Completion of 7 prerequisite courses, min GPA of 2.7; 8 hours documented observation in a sonography department. Applications must be submitted, online, between April 1 and July 1 of each year.
“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, WA, in an excerpt from her Spring 2020 scholarship application.

Certification Requirements in Washington

The state of Washington does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician.

Requirements for ultrasound technologist certification in WA

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. Tests are administered by Pearson Vue, and there are numerous locations throughout Washington.  In most cases, the school you are attending will help with testing coordination.

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). 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.

Additional Certification Information

Certification overview
About the ARDMS

How Much do Ultrasound Techs Make in Washington?

Sonography continues to be one of the best paying jobs available with just an associate’s degree.

  • In Washington, sonographers earned a mean annual salary of $90,130 in 2019 (conditions in your area may vary).  This made the state the 5th highest paying in the nation.
  • In 2016 there were 1,530 employed sonographers in the state. That number is expected to grow by 26.5% by 2026.

Where you work can affect how much you earn, as can your level of education and experience.

City Spotlight: Seattle

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Seattle

Seattle skyline
WalletHub determined that is in the top 25 of the “Best City for Jobs” in 2020; 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.

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
206-800-8025
info@waopportunityscholarship.org
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
foundation@asrt.org
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
scholarship@ultrasoundschoolsinfo.com

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

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