(found 3 schools, updated in March 2018)
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 2018, 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 in Arkansas 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, 2018
Program Start Date: Fall
Main Courses: Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, Vascular Sonography, Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation, Legal and Ethical Consideration in Healthcare, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Perspectives in Human Diversity, Professional Seminar, Pathophysiology and Special Applications, Patient Information Management, Lab Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Find Arts, Mathematics, Clinical Lab Practice
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: Tuition and Fees – $20,367 (in state), $46,890 (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; Graduation Application Fee – $450; Additional costs including certification exam fees, background check, fitness, etc.
Possible Financial Aid Opportunities: State grants including Federal PELL Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); State loans like Federal PLUS Loan; State Grant like Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture); State Scholarships like Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarships, and Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship; 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: 2 years with 4 semesters and 1 summer session
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Program Start Date: Fall
Number of Students: about 12 students each class
Main Courses: Abdominal Sonography, Gynecologic Sonography, Sonographic Applications: Obstetrics, Introductory Cardiac & Vascular Sonography, Advanced Obstetrics/Genetics/Pathology, Doppler Sonography & Advanced Hemodynamics, Vascular Sonography OR Cardiac Sonography, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Sonographic Conference, Current Issues in Health Care, Basic Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, Introductory Physics, Advanced Physics, Clinical Practicum
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $25,281 (in state) or $48,033 (out of state) including tuition fees, health insurance, liability insurance, textbooks, scrubs and uniform, laboratory fees and so on
Financial Aid Opportunities: Federal grants including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG); Federal loans like Federal Perkin Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, and Federal Parent PLUS Loans; Arkansas state programs like Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture), Go! Opportunities Grant, and Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship; Scholarships like Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Scholarship, James O. Wear Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship, Neil and Clara Spain Endowed Scholarship, Ronald H. Winters, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship, Terry J. Dubose Endowed Scholarship, and Walter S. Nunnelly 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: Bachelor Degree Program in General Sonography
Program Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
Program Length: 8 semesters with 140 credit hours
Program Start Date: Fall
Number of Students: 5 to 8 students each year
Main Courses: Sectional Anatomy Sonography, Physics and Instrumentation, Small Parts Sonography and Lab, Abdomen Sonography and Lab, Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography and Lab, Vascular Sonography and Lab, Special Procedures in Sonography, Ultrasound Clinic and Education, Sonography Clinical Relevancy, Introduction to Medical Imaging, Introduction to Radiography, Radiographic Procedures and Laboratory, Radiation Physics and Imaging, Imaging Equipment, Imaging Acquisition and Evaluation and Laboratory, Radiobiology, Radiography Clinical, Sectional Anatomy, Imaging Pathology, Medical Terminology, Cultural Competency, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
Clinical Sites: Training in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: Tuition & Mandatory Fees Per Semester – $4,239 (in state), $7,389 (out of state); Malpractice Insurance Per Year – $40; Radiation Exposure Monitoring Devices Per Year – $100; Textbooks – at least $700; Uniforms – at least $250; Name Badges & Personalized Radiographic Markers – $50; TB Mask Fittings – $25; Background Check – $50 to $100, Use of Online Software Program – $150; Other Expenses including immunization & health records, CPR certification, transportation, etc.
Financial Aid Opportunities: Grants like 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 2018 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 2018. The school list with 219 accredited sonography programs can be sorted by location and program type.
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