Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Alaska - AK
How To Become a Ultrasound Technician in Alaska
- Have your high school diploma or GED
To enter any accredited college program for diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound, having a high school diploma is mandatory. Some schools prefer candidates who emphasized mathematics, health, or sciences in their secondary studies.
- Enroll in an accredited program
Two year (24 months) training programs for Medical Diagnostic Sonography are very prevalent and can be found in junior colleges, universities and technical schools. There are 2-year accredited hospital programs too. In 2008, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited over 150 training programs in Sonography. You'll find many online and a few in Alaska’s more populated cities such as Fairbanks, Anchorage or Junneau.
- Take the exam to be a nationally registered ultrasound technician or sonographist
Becoming a registered ultrasound technician is not required by employers, but is generally preferred. Once you have completed your formal training, or have the appropriate work experience, you can apply to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) (www.ardms.org). This 2-hour exam contains 120 multiple-choice questions and can be taken by anyone who does not meet the ARDMS clinical examination requirements for Sonography specialties. ARDMS also offers exams in abdomen sonography, breast sonography, neurosonography, vascular as well as obstetrics and gynecology sonography.
- Become Registered
After you have passed one of its exams, you will have a Registered Digital Medical Sonographist (RDMS) or, if you specialized, a Registered Digital Clinical Sonographist (RDCS) credential from ARDMS.