(found 2 schools, updated in June 2017)
The beautiful state of Colorado offers spectacular scenery and exciting outdoor activities. From enjoying the scenic beauty of the Rocky Mountains to attending a performance in the historic Strater Hotel, Colorado is filled with opportunities to enjoy arts and culture, relive historic events, and play in the rugged outdoors. Colorado also has top-ranked medical centers offering many excellent career opportunities to ultrasound technologists.
Sonography Training in Colorado
Students who want to attend CAAHEP-accredited or ARRT-recognized ultrasound technician programs in Colorado have two choices as of 2017. One program is accredited by CAAHEP. The program is offered by the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, and students can earn a certificate in general sonography. Though there is the single ultrasound tech program, the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is well respected for its quality. The program requirements provide didactic and clinical education and include classroom and laboratory instruction and training and hands-on scanning experience. Upon completion of the program in ultrasound technology, students have the knowledge and skills needed to pass the ARDMS certification exams in gynecological, abdominal, obstetrics and superficial structure ultrasound.
List of Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in Colorado
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver – at University of Colorado Hospital
Address: 1635 North Aurora Court, F-720
City: Aurora (about 70 miles away from Colorado Springs)
Contact Person: Emily M. Downs
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (720) 848-1872
Sonography Program: Certificate in General Sonography
Program Length: 12 months
Program Description: Including classroom, laboratory and clinical training
Program Start Date: 1st week in September
Application Deadline: March 1
Waiting List: No
Estimated Costs: Tuition: $5,000; Application Fee – $30
Number of Students: 5 each year
Red Rocks Community College
Address: 5420 Miller Street
City: Arvada (about 80 miles away from Colorado Springs)
Contact Person: Dan Macy
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (303) 914-6034
What to Learn: OB/GYN ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, ultrasound physics, vascular ultrasound, etc.
Accreditation: ARRT Recognized
Wages and Job Outlook for Sonographers in Colorado
The statistics from the latest federal employment survey in May of 2016 indicated there were 880 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed in the state of Colorado. The average salary was an impressive $81,830 in 2016. This is $10,080 more than the mean annual wage for all of the U.S. and makes it one of the best states paying the highest salaries for employed sonographers. The number of jobs in the state is expected to grow at 60.8 percent between 2014 and 2024. By 2024, the projected number of sonography positions is 1,300. | See Job Openings
Best Paying Regions in Colorado
The top 5 paying regions in Colorado in terms of annual median wage are:
- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area: $86,740
- Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area: $84,800
- Boulder: $83,600
- Colorado Springs: $81,780
- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood: $80,570
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