(found 1 school, updated in October 2016)
Many people consider Arizona a desert state, yet it has mountains, the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. This is a progressive state that is clearly anxious to deliver evidence based healthcare services to citizens in cities and rural areas alike.
Sonography Education in Arizona in 2017
In 2017, Arizona has only one school that is CAAHEP accredited in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, with the located in Phoenix. An Associate degree can be earned at this school after meeting the requirements for sonography students.
Some readers asked if there is any accredited ultrasound technician school in Chandler AZ. The answer is no. If you want to become a sonographer in Arizona, you have to take the accredited ultrasound program in Phoenix.
Take ARDMS Examinations
To be as competitive as possible for the available ultrasound job positions, it is important for sonography graduates to take the steps needed to earn the ARDMS credential for sonography certification. If the graduates pass two ARDMS exams (the Abdomen exam, and the Obstetrics and Gynecology exam), they can earn the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential. The sonography graduates are also encouraged to take the ARDMS Vascular Technology exam to become the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT).
Job Outlook and Salary Facts for Sonographers in Arizona
Sonographers are paid well in Arizona at an average annual salary of $77,580. However, the top 10 percent are paid $101,220 annually. There were 1,480 employed Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Arizona in a variety of medical settings in 2016, and the profession is experiencing rapid growth as indicated by 2016 statistics. Annually, 80 new positions are expected to become available, representing a 27.3 percent growth rate between the years 2014 and 2024. Both the projected employment and average salary for an ultrasound tech exceed national estimates. | See Job Openings
Approximately 78 percent of the ultrasound jobs are in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale statistical area, making it one of the highest metropolitan employment areas in the state for this particular profession. The median annual salary in this region is $82,410, which is higher than the state median salary at $80,030, indicating there is a need for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. In general, Arizona offers tremendous opportunities for credentialed sonographers. | See Job Openings
Best Paying Regions in Arizona
Here are the 3 top paying regions in Arizona in terms of annual median wages:
- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale: $82,410
- Prescott: $80,030
- Arizona nonmetropolitan area: $77,510
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Arizona
GateWay Community College-Phoenix
Address: 108 N. 40th Street
Contact Phone: (602) 286-8486
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Person: Bryan Dodd
School Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Sonography Program Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
Degree: Accredited Associate Degree Program in General and Vascular Sonography
Length: full-time with 21 months (including 1680 hours of clinical time)
Number of Students: 15 to 20 students (may be different based on available clinical sites)
Clinical Sites: area hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices
Main Courses: Ultrasound Imaging (including abdominal and OB/GYN), Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Case Studies, Concepts of Vascular Imaging (for the complete course list, check here)
Estimated Total Tuition: $7,654 to $9,202 (in country); $34,087 to $40,981 (out of county); $29,103 to $34,989 (out of state)
Estimated Total Costs: $150 registration; $1,034 to $2,076 books; $1,550 to $2,275 other costs including lab fees, supplies, license/certification, etc.
The list of accredited ultrasound technician schools in Arizona is continually updated. There are more schools offering online or offline accredited sonography training programs in the nation, the complete school list can be found here: school directory for accredited sonography programs
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