As our population increases, and our elderly live longer, the field of healthcare will continue to experience great growth. And with it, jobs in healthcare will continue to increase. There is one area, however, that is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations – Ultrasound Technicians. Employment for this field is expected to grow by as much as 19% for the next seven years.
For those interested in becoming an Ultrasound Tech, the growth in this field is just one of the many benefits. In the State of Alabama, Ultrasound Techs earn a salary of $56,000. This career provides job security even as unemployment rates skyrocket. Ultrasound Techs work in an exciting, and varied, work environment and have employee benefits such as healthcare, dental and vision care, vacation and tuition reimbursement.
In Alabama, there are several schools and programs available to obtain your education such as:
1. University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, 801 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 Telephone (205)348-6010 Radiology (205) 934-5135
The University is the top employer in the State. Students are offered a twenty-four month certification program, by completing two academic years with two summer sessions. The student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam. The University also offers students who have completed their certification a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Sciences, allowing students to expand their career into administration or education.
2. George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville 801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000 Telephone (256) 352-8000
This community college boasts a 21:1 student to teacher ratio and is committed to providing an education that changes both the student and the community. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Colleges, this school offers students an Associates degree that instructs students in ultrasound techniques, patient care, data recording, sonography equipment as well as standards and ethics.
3. Virginia College-Birmingham 65 Bagby Dr., Birmingham, Alabama 35209-3703 Telephone (205) 802-1200
A private college dedicated to higher education, this college offers students an Associate’s Degree Ultrasound Technician program. This program focuses on reproductive, abdominal, obstetrical and vascular ultrasound scanning as well as physics and instrumentation. Students are offered job placement services after graduation.
4. Lurleen B Wallace Community college in Andalusia 1000 Dannelly Boulevard Andalusia, AL 36420 Telephone 334-222-6591
This public community college is in a community of around 8,000, while over 1700 are enrolled at this college. A certification program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is offered at this school, and students will graduate with credentials in Ultrasound Technology.
5. The Cardiac and the Vascular Institute of Ultrasound 1729 Springhill Ave, Suite # 11, Mobile, AL 36604 Telephone (251) 433-1600 or (800) 675-2928
This institute offers students a certificate program in Cardiac and Vascular Sonography, as well as certificate programs in each, Cardiac or Vascular Sonography. This institute was the first nationally to separate both fields from general ultrasound, and urges specialization. The institute offers a smaller class size as well as a curriculum emphasizing practical application. Students will gain the skills to take national registry exam upon graduation.
6. H. Council Trenholm State Technical College 1225 Air Base Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36108 Telephone (334) 420-4200 or 1-866-753-4544
Part of the Community College System, this college is governed by the Alabama Board of Education. Students are offered a Associate’s Degree of Applied Technology in Diagnostic Ultrasound as well as an Associate’s Degree of Applied Technology in Radiologic Technology. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). After graduating, students can take the certification exam, through the ARDMS and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
7. Wallace State Community College 801 Main Street NW, Hanceville AL 35077-2000 Telephone 866-350-WSCC
One of the largest colleges in Alabama serving over 300,000, this college offers an associates degree program. Students will learn in the classroom as well as clinical, seminars and perceptorships. This college offers students an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as well as an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Diagnostic Imaging. Upon completion, student can take the ARDMS national certification exam.
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