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How to Become an Ultrasound Tech in California – CA

Among the job skills that sonographers in California are expected to possess are:

  • The physical ability to lift, turn, or otherwise assist patients during a sonogram procedure.
  • The visual ability to understand and pick satisfactory images that will allow doctors to effectively and correctly diagnose patients.
  • The ability to ease the minds of patients during sonogram procedures.
  • The ability to effectively communicate and interact with all patients.
  • The attention to detail that is required to accurately record the information of patients.
  • The ability to operate and understand complex equipment in the area of diagnostics.

While there are no formal educational standards to becoming a sonographer in California, the following steps are important in how to become an ultrasound technician in California:

  • Obtain a high school degree or GED.
  • Enroll in a career program in a sonography field that interests you and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Many employers may also require you to have hands-on training in sonography before they hire you. You can receive this training through a hospital, vocational or technical school, a two-year or four-year college or university training program, or through the military.
  • Become certified through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). While certification is not necessary in California, your earning potential (along with your ability to become employed) will improve dramatically because you will set yourself apart from other applicants.
  • To become a certified sonographer, you will need to pass two examinations. The exams that you will need to take depend upon the type of sonographer that you would like to become:
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) are required to pass a physics examination, followed by a specialty examination in the area in which they would like to practice: abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography, neurosonography, or obstetrics and gynecology. Go to http://www.ardms.org/default.asp?ContentID=63 to learn more about these exams.
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS) are required to pass the same physics exam, along with an exam in one of the following specialized areas: echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, and pediatric echocardiography. Go to http://www.ardms.org/default.asp?ContentID=69 to learn more about these exams.
  • Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT) must pass the physics exam, along with an exam in vascular technology. Go to http://www.ardms.org/default.asp?ContentID=71 to learn more about these exams.


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