I’m sure you are reading this is because you are wondering if there are any good Ultrasound Technician Schools in New York, and what’s the benefit of earning a degree in sonography (or ultrasound technician). With the unemployment rate of 8.0% (as of September, 2011), it would be a good idea to invest your time/money into a second job skill. As a part time ultrasound technician, you can make up to $31 an hour in NY. Joining the medical field is not only for the money, but there is a potential career growth as well.
Based on 2010 Census, New York ranked 3rd in total population in the U.S. (19.3 million, 6.19% of total U.S population). Which 4.4 million are under the age of 18, and 2.7 million are over 65. Both figures ranked 3rd in the nation, and the number will grow as times go by. Population indicates the needs for medical care, and it is a clear indication that New York needs medical professionals, and sonographer is a quicker way for you to enter this field.
When you’re thinking about entering an ultrasound program, you should not be too concerned about whether you would need to obtain a degree vs. a certificate. The most important is for you to enroll in accredited program. To find the accredited school in New York, go to Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), go to the “Find an Accredited Program tab” at the top and select Diagnostic Medical Sonography. There are only 9 CAAHEP accredited programs in New York. Depending on which school you choose, you can obtain a certificate, Associate, or Bachelor’s degree.
The following is the list of ultrasound technician schools in New York which is CAAHEP accredited:
Hudson Valley Community College – Troy, NY (www.hvcc.edu)
Long Island University – Brooklyn, NY (www.liu.edu)
New York Methodist Hospital – Brooklyn, NY (www.nymahe.org)
New York University – New York, NY (http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-programs/)
Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY (www.rit.edu)
Sanford Brown Institute – New York, NY (www.sbnewyork.com)
Sanford Brown Institute – Garden City, NY (www.sbgardencity.com)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center – Brooklyn, NY (www.downstate.edu)
Western Suffolk BOCES – Northport, NY (www.wsboces.org)
After earning a degree, you may choose to go to American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to earn the credentials to be a registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS). Earning a degree/certificate is highly recommended, however, it is not an only option to earn ARDMS credential. You may have a two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related, plus 12 months of clinical ultrasound/vascular experience. Option 2 is that you graduate from a program that is accredited recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) specifically for medical sonography. Like the schools mentioned above. In this case, you do not need clinical experience. There are many ways to obtain the certificate. Go to ARDMS.org Certification Prerequisites and click the requirement chart.
It doesn’t matter which professional degree that you have, there is path as an ultrasound technician for everyone. Nonetheless, it is the best to be enrolled in one of the Ultrasound Technician schools in New York if you are in New York and pursuing this as your career path (or second job skill). The education gives you the best understanding of what you would need to do, as a medical sonographer.
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