Here is a list of frequently asked questions about sonography education.
How do students find the accredited programs CAAHEP?
There are two simple ways to find schools with sonography programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). One method is to review the list of competent schools in the school list. The interactive chart shows schools by state and city. The chart also notes degrees and concentrations offered at each school. It has information about school contact and indicates whether a program is also recognized by ARRT. The second method is to browse the CAAHEP website that provides links to CAAHEP-accredited programs.
What are the program requirements for becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer?
Each program develops its special conditions for the study that must be completed. The conditions and general requirements of the Sonography Program are affected by CAAHEPs minimum accreditation requirements and the type of degree, diploma or certificate that will be obtained upon completion of the program. Sonography students will complete didactic and clinical education, unless the application for one years certificate program and can document qualified clinical education or experience. In this case, only course work is required. Compulsory subjects at the university level include science, mathematics, communication plus medical imaging and patient care-specific topics.
What is the sonography program admission process?
Each program has its own admission process, but there are typical steps students can expect to take. Many programs have limited enrollments, so its important to start the application process well in advance of the start date of the program. The first step is to verify that admission requirements can be met with regard to primary school completion, previously completed university courses and grade averages. The application process involves filling in a set of application forms and submitting documentation about degree work, field experience and references. A personal interview may be required, but as a minimum there will be written questions to answer or an essay to write. Reviewing exam interviews is helpful.
What kind of financial support is available?
Students can apply for all available financial support that includes federal and state contributions and loans, scholarships, work studies, veterans benefits or a mix of resources. The application for Free Student Assistance Application (FASA) is used to apply for federal loans and grants. The financial information provided by the student on application is used by the school to determine how much the financial support the student qualifies for from all sources. Financial support advisors at schools help students to collect a funding package from available financial resources, including school-administered scholarships. The student can also apply independently for private scholarships or bank loans.
How to Become a Certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
The primary certification device for ultrasound technicians is the American Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Register. The sonographic references obtained through the approved ARDMS degree are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonograph, Registered Vascular Technology, Registered Diagnostic Heart, and the newly added Registered in Musculoskeletal. Other certifying devices include Cardiovascular Reference Transmission (CCI) and US Radiological Registry (ARRT). In any case, students must meet the minimum education and experience requirements for eligibility. A declaration of the certifying units can be found on the website HERE.
Need additional training after becoming a certified sonographer?
Periodic certification renewals are required by each certification organization. In order to maintain ARDMS references, certified sonographers are required to complete 30 continued medical education (CME) credits every three years. The CME points must be acquired by filling in classes or workshops offered by the certification companys approved or approved sponsors. Some accepted CME sponsors charge a fee, but there are also sponsors who offer free CME points. Once the credits have been completed, the student must update his online documentation. ARRT and CCI also require rewriting.
Does any state require licensing of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?
Oregon and New Mexico have reviewed laws requiring licensing of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. West Virginia and New Jersey have an ongoing discussion about adding a license requirement for ultrasound technologists. Other states are likely to accompany. Employers in all 50 states and states acknowledge ARDMS certification themselves, and over 30 states recognize ARRTs eligibility. It is important that sonographers comply with the permission rules to ensure consistency