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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin

Are you considering beginning a career as a sonographer?  The first step is to research the field and learn about the programs offered in your area.  Below we’ll cover the 9 CAAHEP accredited institutions in Wisconsin from which to pursue your certificate or degree in diagnostic medical sonography.  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn what a sonographer does, where they work, and how much they earn.

Diagnostic medical sonographers work in tandem with physicians to prevent, detect, and diagnose disease, as well as monitor the growth and health of a fetus.  Completing your Associate’s Degree or a Certificate in medical sonography in Wisconsin will help to prepare you for an entry-level position in the field.  Request information from schools and get the opportunity to ask questions to determine if it’s a right fit for you.  If you don’t see a medical sonography program in your area, you may want to consider one of the many programs available within allied health.

When people ask me ‘Why would you choose to go to school for ultrasound?’, I always reply without missing a beat, ‘Why wouldn’t you?!‘” -Makenzie P., sonography student at University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics, School of DMS, in her 2020 Spring USI scholarship application.

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CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Sonography Programs

The accreditation of a program is one of the most important factors to consider when researching schools.  With sonography, the accreditation to look for is the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  They are the most widely recognized accrediting body within medical imaging.  Each of the schools below has met the Accreditation Standards and Guidelines set forth by the CAAHEP by passing a series of program reviews, including a self-study review and a site visit.

The successful completion of one of these accredited Wisconsin DMS programs is the most comprehensive and direct way students can earn eligibility to sit for the ARDMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  examination.

Accredited Sonography Schools in Wisconsin in 2020

The following ultrasound technician schools in Wisconsin have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), current as of October, 2020:

School Programs Offered Prerequisites How to Apply
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
180 W. Grange Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
21-month, full-time program. AAS awarded at graduation.
  • Associates degree from a 2-year allied health program OR
  • Bachelor’s degree OR
  • University Partner Student
Applications are accepted via U.S. mail from Oct – Dec of each year.
Learn more here.
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI 54311
Bachelor of Science in DMS Enthusiastic and motivated students who have a strong background and understanding of science. Applications are accepted on the BCU website.  There is no application fee.
Blackhawk Technical College
6004 S County Road G
HS Division
Janesville, WI 53547
Associate in Science degree with flexible learning options Certain coursework and admissions testing is required.

Documentation of patient-care training must be completed before petitioning.

Students must petition between February 1-5.  The application can be found and submitted online.
Concordia University
1670 Miller Park Way
West Milwaukee, WI 53214
  • Bachelor of Science in DMS
  • DMS Certificate for qualified applicants
Pre-clinical required coursework, and completion of coursework in a CNA with 100 document hours of patient care. Students will apply during their sophomore year at CUW
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 West Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
2-year Associate Degree Program Applicants are ranked on course load and grades on high school transcript as well as scores on entrance exam. After creating an account, students will apply online.
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
610 North Whitney Way
Suite 440
Madison, WI 53705
Bachelor of Science Degree in DMS Applicants must be currently enrolled at one of the Academic Affiliates, and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree Applications are submitted to the Affiliate University, who then forwards applicatin on to the UW hospital.
University of Wisconsin
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Bachelor of Science Degree in DMS Students must be currently enrolled in UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences Applications may be submitted after prerequisite two-year coursework has been completed.

Ultrasound Technologist Certification Requirements in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. However, many states are considering requiring professional licensure or certification, and many employers require it as well.

Requirements for Ultrasound Technician Certification in Wisconsin

The most common certification is by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are many locations throughout Wisconsin to take the exam, 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. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Wisconsin, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

Additional Certification Information

Ultrasound Tech Certification Overview
About the ARDMS Certification

How Much do Ultrasound Techs make in Wisconsin?

Sonography is one of the highest paying jobs available to those who graduate with an Associate’s degree.

  • In Wisconsin, sonographers earned a mean salary of $85,670 in 2019. Conditions in your area may vary.
  • Local jobs for sonographers are expected to grow by 16%, with 100 jobs expected to open up each year.

“By 2030, Wisconsin’s population age 65 and older will double, creating an increasing demand for health care now and in the future” (Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report). As the population ages, both nationally and regionally, the demand for health care workers will increase. Hospitals remain the largest employer of diagnostic medical sonographers, and typically have salaries higher than the state average.

The following table compares the median annual salaries for Sonographers in the major metropolitan areas of Wisconsin:

 Metropolitan Area  2019 Median Salary
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI $88,870
Eau Claire, WI $85,170
Madison, WI $81,460
Appleton, WI $87,320
Green Bay, WI $85,560

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Ultrasound Technician Schools in Madison

Madison, WI
The healthcare industry in Madison is flourishing, creating strong job growth and salaries across the field. According to the Madison Region Economic Partnership, the nationally recognized sector attracts and retains more than 63,000 in the healthcare workforce. Salaries in the area are very strong, with the median income for sonographers far exceeding that of the rest of the nation.

Become part of this exciting time by completing a sonography program in Madison. If you don’t see one in your area, or you aren’t able to meet its entrance requirements, consider pursuing a career in one of the many fields of allied health, which is also experiencing strong job growth.

 

Wisconsin Sonography Scholarships

There are several scholarships available to current or prospective students interesting in attending school. Some are specific to Wisconsin, while others are available nation-wide. Similarly, some are reserved for medical imaging students, while others are open for anyone to apply for.  There are also scholarships and other forms of financial aid offered by the schools themselves.

Be sure to read through the requirements, take your time on the application, and submit your best work to give you the best chance at being selected.

Learn more by visiting our financial aid center.

 

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Requirements How to Apply
Named Donor Scholarship through Bellin College $1,000+ Offers scholarships to nursing or medical imaging students Lena Goodman
Director of Financial Aid
lena.goodman@bellincollege.edu
920-433-6638
Holy Family Memorial Scholarship Program $5,000 Applicant must be accepted into an accredited program in pursuit of a qualifying degree in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Sonography, Occupational Therapy Speech/Language Pathology or Chaplaincy Human Resources
PO Box 1450
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1450
recruiter@hfmhealth.org
(920) 320-4031
Ultrasound Schools Info Semi-Annual Scholarship $1,000 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

All job and salary statistics, unless otherwise noted, are provided by:
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
*Career OneStop, https://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&menuMode=&stfips=55&x=62&y=10

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