Medical Imaging
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Salary: $47,128 - $70,112
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Hourly: $23.11 - $32.43
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 2 years
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Length of Training/Requirements
Training programs vary from one to four years in length, depending on the degree or certification awarded at the end. Two year programs are most common. The majority of the training programs require applicants to have at least a high school diploma with some science classes.

Licensure/Certification
Although sonographers are not required to be licensed, organizations such as the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) offer a certificate. Many employers will prefer to hire someone who is licensed. The certificate requires passing a general exam and an exam in a specialized area (such as abdominal sonography). To maintain their registration, sonographers must complete accredited continuing education classes.


Educational Programs
(The following educational programs have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs. For more updated information, please check the CAAHEP website at http://www.caahep.org/.)  

University or College City Degree*
Alvin Community College Alvin A
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Amarillo College Amarillo A
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Angelina College Lufkin A
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Austin Community College Austin A
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi A
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El Centro College (DCCCD) Dallas A
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El Paso Community College District El Paso C,A
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Hill College Hillsboro A
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston C
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Lamar Institute of Technology (TSUS) Beaumont A
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Lone Star College System: Cy-Fair Campus Cypress A
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Midland College Midland A
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena A
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St. Philip's College (ACCD) San Antonio A
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Temple College Temple A
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Texas Southmost College District Brownsville A
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Tyler Junior College Tyler A
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Weatherford College Weatherford A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate