(found 1 school, updated in March 2017)
Mississippi is the quintessential southern state because it has everything needed to enjoy the best the historic South has to offer. Visitors can tour white-columned plantation homes, ride a paddle wheel boat on the Mississippi River, drive the Natchez Trace Parkway, visit the Gulf Coast, or follow the blues music trail. The state’s health care system is dedicated to enhancing the health care system as an economic development driver and using digital technologies in outpatient care settings. The use of Diagnostic Medical Sonography will be a core component of this strategy.
Sonography Education and Training in Mississippi in 2017
Students interested in starting a career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2017 can attend Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi. It is the only CAAHEP accredited ultrasound school in the state and offers an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS-DMS). Completion of the accredited sonography program prepares students to sit for the ARDMS exams for certification. Obtaining the sonography certification is important for increasing employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings and for earning the highest beginning salaries.
Ultrasound Technician Career Outlook in Mississippi
The employment opportunities in Mississippi are low with an average 22.9 percent projected growth in job openings during the 2014 to 2024 decade. There were 690 sonographers employed in 2016 in Mississippi, but about 150 are employed in the city of Jackson. Since a large portion of the state is rural and low income, sonographers completing the appropriate training will play an essential role in the state’s efforts to successfully implement a national health care system that is working to bring medical services to all Americans in all locations. Mississippi is listed by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics as having one of the highest employment rates for sonographers among non-metropolitan areas.
The average beginning salaries are low according to the latest BLS report, and the state has one of the lowest wage rates in the ultrasound technology field as of 2016. Graduates can initially expect to earn $45,390 to $53,870 annually but can increase their pay with ARDMS credentialing and experience. The average annual ultrasound technician salary in the state were $64,540 in 2016, but the top 10 percent earned approximately $82,710. | See Job Openings
Best Paying Regions in Mississippi
Here are the 5 top paying regions in Mississippi in terms of annual median wages:
- Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area: $63,690
- Jackson: $63,690
- Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area: $63,100
- Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula: $62,590
- Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area: $61,840
Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Mississippi
Hinds Community College
Address: 1750 Chadwick Drive
Contact Person: Lesa Wilson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (601) 376-4821
Program: Associate Degree in General Sonography
Program Length: 3 semesters
Program Start Date: Fall
What to Learn: Sectional Anatomy, Abdominal Sonography, Physics and Instrumentation, Introduction to Ultrasound, Obstetrics & Gynecology Sonography, Sonographic Seminar, Clinical Experience
Clinical Sites: Contact Program Director for locations
Estimated Tuition, Fees and Costs: Tuition and Fees – $3,520; Textbooks – $1,000; Health Related Fees (ARDMS) – $790; Uniforms and Equipment – $286; Health Screening – $580; Lab Fees – $80; Background Check – $50; Liability Insurance – $90; Technology Fee – $120; Miscellaneous Expenses – $232.25
Financial Aid Opportunity: Grants and loans including Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant, Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant, Federal Loans and Grants, VA Benefits and more; Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships
Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
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