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Oregon offers adventures throughout the state to please every outdoors person. There is the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, the splendor of Mount Hood, and the breathtaking scenery of the Willamette Valley that entice people to participate in numerous physical activities that include hiking, bicycling and camping. It is not surprising that in 2015 there were many students choosing a career in the health care industry, which was a thriving and important contributor to Oregon’s economy. In 2016, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers will find they are key professionals who can help deliver quality health care to residents in cities and non-metropolitan areas as the national health care program expands.
Requirements and Steps to Becoming a Sonographer in Oregon
Students can choose to earn a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a two or four year degree. The diagnostic medical sonography certificate programs are usually designed for people who are already working in a health care field and can prove experience. The Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or the Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are composed of two components – classroom and clinical training. It is very important for students to choose CAAHEP programs, which ensure students complete the coursework and clinical training needed to pass the ARDMS exams leading to credentials in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Salary and Job Outlook for Sonographers in Oregon
The salary for new or inexperienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Portland Oregon is $70,900, and that is higher than the national average of $70,800. However, the highest pay ultrasound technologists earn in Portland in May 2015 was $105,390, whereas the national median salary for the top end of the scale was $97,390. Like most states, the city of employment influences wages. Eugene, OR is the next largest city after Portland, and statistics indicate that an ultrasound technologist earns a median salary of $83,070 with a low-high range of $68,540 to $99,890.
Oregon has many employed Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. As of May 2015 there were 550 positions filled at an average salary of $86,390, meaning many of the positions are close to the top of the state scale. Oregon’s projected job growth for ultrasound technologists for 2010 to 2020 is at 3 percent which is approximately 20 average annual openings. Healthcare industry employment is projected to grow by 27.9 percent for the 2010 to 2020 decade, which is significant. The number of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer positions should grow with the industry and sonographers have more career choices in ultrasound sonography.
Options for Sonography Schooling in 2016
Oregon Institute of Technology
Address: 3201 Campus Drive
City: Klamath Falls
Contact Person: Robyn Cole, Barry Canaday and Christopher Caster
Contact Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Contact Phone: (541) 885-1918, (541) 885-1929 and (541) 885-1993
Program: Bachelors Degree Programs in General Sonography, Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography
Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited
Program Length: 192 credits (4 years)
Application Deadline: Spring term in 2016
Program Start Date: Fall
Estimated Tuition, Fees and Costs: Tuition: $162.75 per credit hour; Building Fees: $23-$45; Incidental Fees: $160-$310; Health Service Fee: $150; Other costs including lab fees, books and supplies, background checks and so on
Oregon has only one CAAHEP accredited sonography program, but that should not stop anyone who wants to become an ultrasound technician. There are two distance education programs accredited by the CAAHEP.
- Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas – Offers a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a general, cardiac or vascular concentration
- Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan – Offers a certificate in vascular sonography and an Associate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a vascular, cardiac or general concentration
Students can also attend school in another state. In fact, Oregon residents have many opportunities to find schools with CAAHEP-accredited sonography programs in the bordering states of California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington. The big selection of programs in the same region as Oregon makes it easier for students to find a school in 2016 that meets their needs.
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