(found 1 school, updated in April 2017)
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 2017
In South Dakota there is one school offering an CAAHEP-accredited program in ultrasound as of 2017. Southeast Technical Institute is located in Sioux Falls, and students attending the school’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program 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 North Career Avenue
City: Sioux Falls
Contact Person: Jo Ellen Deschamp
Contact Email: send mail
Contact Phone: (605) 367-4720
Available Program: Associates Degree in General Sonography
Accreditation: CAAHEP Accredited and ARRT Recognized
Program Length: 98 credit hours
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Start Date: Fall
What to Learn: Abdominal Sonography and Lab, OB/GYN Sonography and Lab, DMS Peripheral Vascular and Lab, Ultrasound Physics, Introduction to DMS, Cross Sectional Anatomy and Lab, General Psychology, Asepsis for the Sonographer, Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation and Lab, Clinical Sonography
Clinical Sites: located throughout the U.S.
Estimated Tuition, Fees and Costs: $29,7750 totally including $10,900 (tuition), $12,100 (fees), $2,800 (books and supplies), $3,000 (moving & travel), $100 (physical and immunizations), $120 (background check/drug screen) and other costs
Financial Aid Opportunity: Federal grants including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; Federal loans including Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and Parent PLUS Loans; Scholarships like Acker Memorial Scholarships, Altrusa Scholarship, Avera McKennan Scholarships, Delbridge Family Scholars, Dick Krenke Memorial Scholarship, Mills Memorial Scholarship, Rotary SF Downtown Scholarships, Rotary West Scholarship, Sanford Health Scholarships, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital Scholarship, Sioux Falls Woman’s Alliance Scholarships, Southeast Tech Faculty & Staff Endowed Scholarship, Southeast Tech Foundation Endowed Scholarship, Southeast Tech Memorial Endowed Scholarship, STI Faculty and Staff Scholarship, STI Health Scholarship, U.S. Bank Scholarship and Veterans Scholarship
Career Outlook for Sonographers in South Dakota
South Dakota is one of the lowest paying states for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers according to the 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 2016 were $58,730, which is consistent with salaries earned in the two largest cities of Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Job openings are concentrated geographically with 280 sonographers out of 360 total sonographers finding employment in the two largest cities. | See Job Openings
The East South Dakota non-metropolitan statistical area has an average annual wage of $58,630 for sonographers in 2016. This is $13,120 below the national average annual wage of $71,750. Projected employment growth is also low at 19.5 percent for the period of 2014 to 2024. 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.
Best Paying Regions in South Dakota
Here are the 3 top paying regions in South Dakota in terms of annual median wages:
- Rapid City: $60,460
- East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area: $58,990
- Sioux Falls nonmetropolitan area: $58,430
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