Do you want to be enrolled in a sonography school in Michigan? What is the benefit of being in one? Based on 2010 Census, Michigan’s population ranked 8th among all states (9.8 million people). Out of the 9.8 million, over 5 million live in the Detroit metro area. That translates to 67 hospitals in Detroit metro (out of 200). Most schools have job placement programs, but that is not the most important thing to being a sonographer. The most important is to enroll in CAAHEP accredited program.
You can go to Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs’ (CAAHEP) website and search for accredited programs within Michigan. Here’s the list of the schools that offers certificates, associate’s, even bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography:
Baker College of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI (www.baker.edu)
Baker College of Owosso – Owosso, MI (www.baker.edu)
Delta College – University Center, MI (www.delta.edu)
Ferris State University – Big Rapids, MI (www.ferris.edu)
Grand Valley State University – Grand Rapids, I (www.gvsu.edu)
Henry Ford Hospital – Detroit, MI (www.henryfordhealth.org)
Jackson Community College – Jackson, MI (www.jccmi.edu)
Lansing Community College – Lansing, MI (www.lcc.edu)
Oakland Community College-Southfield – Southfield, MI (www.oaklandcc.edu)
Providence Hospital and Medical Center – Southfield, MI (www.stjohn.org)
Why would you want to look at sonography schools in Michigan? There are several reasons. First is population. 9.8 million population need medical attention, whether its acute, chronic, or routine exams. Out of 9.8 million, 2.5 million are under 18 and 1.3 million are over 65, the 2 groups that would require more medical attention than others. Second is being in one of the hottest career field. Many companies are laying off employees due to this economy and Michigan ranked 5th (as of September 2011) with 11.1% unemployment rate.
Ten of 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related (Bureau of Labor Statistics), and healthcare will generate 3.2million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018. This would mean more job security (that we all want nowadays), or opportunity. If the government is sugarcoating the statistics to you, then this would be a more reliable figure for you: Two out of top five employers in Detroit are in the medical field (Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System), and surprisingly the automobile makers did not make the top 5 (others are Detroit Public Schools, City of Detroit, and U.S. Government). Out of 20 top employers, 4 are medical and health care services.
After you receive your education (or certificate) with one of the accredited programs, you may want to go to www.ardms.org to take an examination. This is to certify you as a registered diagnostic sonographer (either general, cardiac, or vascular. It is important to obtain this credential after receiving your training.
Being a sonographer typically requires less than 2 years of education. Check out the 10 sonography schools in Michigan (that is CAAHEP accredited), and perhaps you can start your new career path as a sonographer today.
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