Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a diagnostic medical sonographer?
- How can I become a diagnostic medical sonographer?
- What kind of credentials are necessary to work as a diagnostic medical sonographer?
- Where do sonographers work?
- What are sonographers' salaries like?
- What is the outlook for jobs in the future?
- What should an interested student do to prepare for entry into a sonography program?
- Is there a health hazard for those who work as sonographers?
- What is the typical cost of this program?
- Whom may I contact for more information?
A: A diagnostic medical sonographer uses sound waves, a knowledge of anatomy, and imaging principles to aid physicians in the diagnosis of disease, in monitoring patient progress, or in research.
A: Diagnostic medical sonography is a two-year, five-semester program designed to prepare students for employment in this imaging specialty. College courses include classroom instruction coordinated with clinical practice. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and make application to the program.
A: Students who successfully complete this associate degree program are prepared to take national registry examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. National certification enhances employment opportunities.
A: Sonographers work in hospitals, private imaging facilities and physicians' offices. In addition to full-time positions, sonographers may hold part-time or on-call positions. Flexible hours are often available.
A: Starting salaries at the present time average $26.00 to $29.00 per hour for a new technologist or approximately $54,000 - $60,000 per year. Hospital benefit packages are excellent and include health care, dental coverage, insurance, vacation and sick time. Private facilities may vary somewhat in the benefits they offer.
A: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, job opportunities in the field will continue into the twenty-first century.
A: Have a good background in math and science. Develop good reading and communication skills. Take placement exams in math and English as early as possible. Graduates of other educational programs may be able to transfer general education courses if appropriate.
A: There is no documented health hazard for those working with medical sonography equipment.
A: The typical cost of the program for a full-time student is the current CCRI tuition and fees, laboratory fees, books, uniforms and travel expenses to the clinical sites. Additional information can be found on the Bursar website at www.ccri.edu/bursar.
Contact The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for certification requirements: http://www.ardms.org/Pages/default.aspx
Contact Michael Hynes, Enrollment Services, at the Warwick Campus for information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. The address is:
Office of Enrollment Services
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
If more specific information is needed, contact Paula Cardillo, Program Director, at (401) 333-7449 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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