(found 3 schools, updated in June 2017)
Arkansas is called “The Natural State” because it has a landscape that includes a variety of scenic features like the Ozark Plateau and the Ouachita Mountains and a number of lakes, streams and plains. Ultrasound technologists are sure to play a critical role in helping the state deliver medical services in the future to its largely rural population.
Sonography Education and Certification in Arkansas
As of 2017, all of the CAAHEP accredited sonography schools in Arkansas are universities, which is why ultrasound students are offered Baccalaureate degree programs in general sonography, cardiac sonography or vascular sonography. As would be expected, sonographers who specialize while meeting educational requirements will have the greatest earning potential.
ARDMS Examination and Certification
All sonography graduates should earn ARDMS certification as proof they have mastered high quality ultrasound training programs. Though not mandatory at this time, there are increasing calls by the medical industry and Medicare administration to change the certification from voluntary to mandatory.
Graduates could take the following ARDMS examinations to become certified sonographers:
- Take the Abdomen (AB) exam and the Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) exam to become the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
- Take the Echocardiography exam to become the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
- Take the Vascular Technology (VT) exam to become the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
A List of Best Ultrasound Technician Programs in Arkansas
University of Arkansas Fort Smith
Address: 5210 Grand Avenue
City: Fort Smith
Contact Person: Jodi Callahan
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: (479) 788-7374
Sonography Program: Bachelor Degree in General Sonography and Vascular Sonography
Program Accreditation: CAAHEP
Number of Students: maximum 8 students each year
Application Deadline: May 15
Program Start Date: Fall
Prerequisites: graduation from an approved Associate Degree in Radiology Technology (or receive credit by articulation) and so on (Visit this DMS Admission Page to get more information)
What to Learn: Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, Vascular Sonography, Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Perspectives in Human Diversity, Patient Information Management, Pathophysiology and Special Applications, Legal and Ethical Consideration in Healthcare, Clinical Practice
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: Tuition and Fees – $19,665 (in state), $44,595 (out of state); Health Sciences Program Fee – $2,250; Books – $700; Distance Education Fee – $480; Uniforms – $250; Student Health Fee – $175; Registration Fee – $130; Laboratory/clinical Fee – $125; Additional costs including certification exam fees, background check, fitness, etc.
Possible Financial Aid Opportunities: Federal grants and loans; State programs including Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, and Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant); Scholarships offered by the university including Freshman Merit Scholarships, Arkansas Scholars Scholarship, and UAFS Foundation Scholarship; Veteran’s Benefits
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock
Address: 4301 West Markham Street, #563-B
City: Little Rock
Contact Person: Anthony Baker
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: (501) 686-6848
Sonography Programs: Bachelor Degree in General Sonography, Bachelor Degree in Cardiac Sonography and Bachelor Degree in Vascular Sonography
Program Accreditation: CAAHEP
Program Length: 4 semesters and 1 summer session
Application Deadline: March 1
Number of Students: about 12 students each class
What to learn: Basic Patient Care, Gynecologic Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, Sonographic Applications: Obstetrics, Introductory Cardiac & Vascular Sonography, Advanced Obstetrics Genetics & Pathology, Vascular Sonography or Cardiac Sonography, Doppler Sonography & Advanced Hemodynamics, Current Issues in Health Care, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Sectional Anatomy, Advanced Physics, Clinical Practicum
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $25,211 (in state) or $47,963 (out of state), including tuition fees, insurance, books, scrubs and uniform, laboratory and so on
Financial Aid Opportunities: Federal programs including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkin Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans; Arkansas state programs like Academic Challenge Scholarship, Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, and Go! Opportunities Grant; Scholarships like Terry J. DuBose Endowed Scholarship
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro
Address: PO Box 910
City: State University
Contact Phone: (870) 972-2914
Contact Person: Amber Wooten
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonography Program: Bachelors Degree Program in General Sonography
Program Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
Program Length: 4 years with 143 credit hours
Number of Students: 5 to 8 students each year
Main Courses: Abdomen Sonography and Lab, OB/GYN Sonography and Lab, Vascular Sonography and Lab, Physics and Instrumentation, Special Procedures in Sonography, Small Parts Sonography and Lab, Radiographic Procedures and Lab, Radiation Physics and Imaging, Imaging Equipment, Imaging Acquisition and Evaluation, Sectional Anatomy Sonography, Imaging Pathology, Radiobiology, Clinic
Clinical Sites: hospitals, medical centers, imaging centers in Batesville, Jonesboro, Kennett (Missouri), Mountain Home, Newport, Paragould, Pocahontas, Poplar Bluff (Missouri) and Race Searcy
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: Tuition Per Credit Hour – $202 (in state), $404 (out of state); Malpractice Insurance Per Year – $40; Textbooks – $700; Uniforms – $250; Background Check – $50 to $100, Use of Online Software Program – $150; Other Expenses including immunization & health records, drug testing, transportation, etc.
Financial Aid Opportunities: Grants including Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Arkansas Go Grant; Loans including Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans; Scholarships including Arkansas Academic Challenge/Lottery Scholarship, Arkansas Governors Scholarships, Arkansas State Scholar, Arkansas Excellence Scholarship, Arkansas Leadership Scholarship, Arkansas Promise Scholarship, etc.
Wages and Career Outlook for Sonographers in Arkansas
The ultrasound technology professionals working in the state of Arkansas earn a lower average salary at $61,090, whereas the national average salary is $71,750. However, that is just an average, and salary surveys by specific job title indicate that Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who specialize are able to earn significantly more. For example, a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer-Cardiac position available in Jonesboro was paying $67,000 and a registered vascular sonographer in Arkansas is earning $88,000. | See Job Openings
The projected growth in the number of positions each year is moderate. Whereas some states project growth of over 40 percent, Arkansas expects a growth of 27.4 percent from 2014 to 2024, and as of 2017 the trend is on target. In 2016, statistics indicate there were 490 employed sonographers, but providing healthcare services to the Arkansas rural population will require an increase in the number of clinics and mobile diagnostic services. | See Job Openings
Best Paying Regions in Arkansas
Here are the 3 top paying regions in Arkansas in terms of annual median wages:
- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO: $63,790
- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR: $62,190
- Fort Smith, AR-OK: $61,660
The list of accredited ultrasound technician schools and program information in Arkansas is continually updated. If you are looking for accredited sonography training in other location or online programs, here is the right place for you to visit Accredited Ultrasound Technician School Directory in 2017. The school list with 250 accredited sonography programs can be sorted by location and program type.
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