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Mount Rushmore usually comes to mind first when mentioning the great state of South Dakota. However, there are many other attractions offering a wealth of outdoor activities, like the Badlands National Park and the Black Hills Caves. A trip to De Smet is a fascinating chance to see how life was lived on the prairie in the late 1800s. This is where the author of the “Little House” books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her family lived. South Dakota is focused on building and sustaining its healthcare workforce which means increased job opportunities for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Sonography Education in South Dakota in 2016
In South Dakota there is one school offering an accredited program in ultrasound as of 2016. Southeast Technical Institute is located in Sioux Falls, and students attending the school’s Institute of Health Technology can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The accredited program has a general sonography concentration. The school requires background checks and drug screenings as two of its admission requirements. The program includes classroom and clinical training and prepares students to take the ARDMS certification exams in abdominal and obstetrics and gynecology.
Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in South Dakota
Southeast Technical Institute
Address: 2320 N Career Avenue
City: Sioux Falls
Contact Person: Jo Ellen Deschamp
Contact Email: send mail
Contact Phone: (605) 367-4720
Available Program: Associates Degree Program in General Sonography
Program Length: 6 semesters (98 Credit Hours including Prerequisites and General Education Courses)
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Start Date: Fall
What to Learn: Introduction to DMS, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Abdominal Sonography, DMS Peripheral Vascular, Ultrasound Physics, OB/GYN Sonography, Asepsis for the Sonographer, Clinical Sonography
Clinical Sites: Medical Center affiliations are located throughout the U.S.
Estimated Tuition, Fees and Costs: $28,210 totally including $10,682 (tuition), $10,878 (fees), $2,675 (books and supplies), $100 (physical and immunizations) , $120 (background check/drug screen) and other costs. Check here for a more detailed cost breakdown.
Financial Aid Opportunity: Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarships; Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award; South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship; Federal Financial Assistance Programs available to students who complete FAFSA Form in a timely manner; Multiple Veterans Benefits programs. Visit this page for more information about financial aid.
Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
Career Outlook for Sonographers in South Dakota
South Dakota is one of the lowest paying states for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers according to published U.S. Department of Labor statistics. That is not surprising since so much of the state is rural. However, the yearly average wages in 2015 were $59,930, which is consistent with salaries earned in the two largest cities of Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Job openings are concentrated geographically with 290 sonographers out of 350 total sonographers finding employment in the two largest cities.
The East South Dakota non-metropolitan statistical area has an average annual wages of $56,370 for sonographers in 2015. This is $14,430 below the national average annual wage of $70,800. Projected employment growth is also low at 15 percent for the period of 2010 to 2020. However, the fact that South Dakota is largely rural and continually trying to attract professionals able to provide essential services means students completing training and remaining in the state will be in demand.
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