Five Reasons to Get Ultrasound Technician Training
If you're considering whether to enroll in ultrasound technician training but are still on the fence, here are five good reasons to take that first step:
1. Enter the job field in a short time. A 2-year associates degree is the most popular option for students getting their ultrasound training, but if you have previous experience in a health profession you may be able complete your ultrasound certificate program in about a year.
2. Be a part of a cutting-edge career field. While ultrasound is most often associated with pregnancy, ultrasound imaging is used in a growing number of ways, which translates to good job opportunities for the future.
3. Earn a great salary. Your ultrasound technician training will qualify you for a job with great salary potential. According to the 2014 data from Salary.com, the middle 50 percent of ultrasound technicians earn between $62,037 and $74,566.
4. Use your skills to help people. You'll be preparing for a job you can feel good about. Being able to use your knowledge and skills to help people is a reward that goes beyond earning a paycheck.
5. Lots of job opportunities. Health careers are some of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S.—and ultrasound is no exception. After graduating from your program, you'll be ready to enter a career field that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow a whopping 46 percent by 2022.
What You'll Study
You'll need to pass courses in the core sciences—biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics—as a prerequisite for ultrasound tech training programs. Some training programs prefer applicants with a background in science or experience in other healthcare professions, but also will consider high school graduates with courses in mathematics and science, as well as applicants with liberal arts backgrounds.
Ultrasound tech training program options include:
- 1-year certificate or diploma
- 2-year associate's degree
- 4-year bachelor's degree
Depending on your area of specialty, diagnostic ultrasound programs may offer courses in:
- Abdominal Ultrasound & Small Parts
- Obstetric and Gynecology Ultrasound
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Physics and Instrumentation
- Sectional Anatomy
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy of the Heart
- Physiology of the Heart
- Pathophysiology of the Heart
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Ultrasound Physics
You'll also gain plenty of clinical, hands-on practical training in a 3-6 month internship during your ultrasound technician training program.