Ultrasound Certification - Ultrasound Technician Certification

Ultrasound Technician Certification

There are many schools offering courses that may prepare you to pursue ultrasound certification while covering the basics of sonography. Pursuing ultrasound technician certification may be a great way to get started on a brand-new career path.

What does ultrasound certification involve?

  • Pursuing a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree with a focus in ultrasound/sonography. (Typically, certificates require one to two years of full-time study after high school. Associate's degrees may be completed in two to three years, while bachelor's degrees take four years.)
  • In addition, ultrasound technicians may register with the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers (ARDMS).
  • To be eligible for ARDMS registration, students have two choices: attend a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Canadian Medical Association (CMA); or attend a program without CAAHEP or CMA accreditation and then undergo one year of work study in a clinical setting under the auspices of the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

What do I need to learn to acquire skills for ultrasound certification?

  • Students receive training in ultrasound instrumentation, anatomy, physiology, physics, patient care, medical ethics, and terminology. Clinical externships are also part of the curriculum.
  • Specialty training occurs, too, in areas such as obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, or neurosonography.

What else should I know about ultrasound certification?

  • Registration with the ARDMS is not required, but it may increase your employment opportunities and wages.
  • Once you begin working as an ultrasound technician, it's advisable to participate in continuing education and/or recertification.
  • Although some ultrasound certification programs prefer previous experience in the medical field, most require only a high school diploma or GED.