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Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Oregon - OR

How to Become an Ultrasound Technician in Oregon

  1. Obtain a high school diploma or go through a GED program. Oregon's ultrasound technicians must finish high school or get a general education degree before they can go through an associate's degree program. By the time they leave high school, they should have strong verbal communication, writing, analytical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning skills. They should also have a solid background in English, mathematics, human biology, chemistry, technology, and communications.

  1. Be in good health and up-to-date with all vaccinations.  Diagnostic medical sonography and medical imaging programs require applicants to undergo a physical exam to prove that they are healthy and physically capable of lifting patients, positioning them correctly, and helping them on and off the stretcher. These programs also require applicants to be vaccinated for hepatitis b, measles, mumps, varicella (chickenpox), and tuberculosis, or have a previous record of varicella  illness on file. If an applicant has not been vaccinated, he must begin a vaccination schedule at least eight months before he begins his clinical internships.
  1. Acquire CPR certification. The American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) and the State of Oregon require all ultrasound technicians to receive training and be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers.  CPR classes are available through local hospitals, community centers, religious organizations, private companies, or the local American Red Cross. Applicants should take and pass their CPR classes at least three months before they begin an Associate's degree program.
  1. Get an Associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.  Ultrasound technicians in the State of Oregon must obtain an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography, medical imaging, or radiography from an ARRT-accredited institution and gain two years of clinical experience before they graduate. When they finish their clinical training and experience, they must be able to demonstrate experience in 29 different procedures, and provide ARRT with a record of their experience (must be verified by a supervisor).
  1. Take the ARRT certification exam. Once an applicant has completed a program and gathered a record of all his experience, he must take and pass the ARRT's primary path certification exam in sonography. This exam covers all the key concepts within the profession, and registers applicants as general sonographers once they pass. If an applicant wants to specialize in a type of sonography, he has to pass the primary path exam and then take the post-primary exam, which will certify him in vascular, breast, cardiac, and general sonography.
  1. Pass the Oregon Board of Radiologic Technology's (OBRT) radiation use and safety and anatomic area exams. The radiation and safety and anatomic areas exams test Radiologic Technicians' understanding of anatomic areas and safe radiation use. Applicants must pass the exam with a 75 percent or better in order to practice.

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