Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Hawaii - HI
Steps to Become an Ultrasound Tech in Hawaii
- Obtain a high school diploma or GED. Since students will be pursuing an associate's degree, they need to obtain a high school diploma or GED equivalent before they begin an ultrasound tech program. They should take classes in English, communications, physics, mathematics, and biology before they leave high school; hold a promising academic record; and possess the analytical and interpersonal skills needed for this profession.
- Be healthy and current with all vaccinations. Applicants must be in a good state of health when they apply to any educational program, and they must have gone through all their vaccination schedules. If they have not been vaccinated for measles, varicella (chickenpox), tuberculosis, mumps, or hepatitis B, they should begin a vaccination series six months to one year before they apply to a program. They must also undergo a physical exam, and provide the admitting institution with proof of previous varicella illness, if any.
- Get a Bachelor's degree in biology, nursing, radiology, or another health-related field. A Bachelor's degree may not be necessary, but it can make students more marketable in the long run. If students feel that a bachelor's degree will give them a better start, they should seek degrees in nursing, biology, radiology, or another field that will give them an equitable understanding of human anatomy, physics, and medical terminology.
- Get certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists mandates that all ultrasound technicians in the State of Hawaii be certified in CPR. Certification programs usually take a few weeks to a few months to complete, and the certificates are valid for two years. CPR classes typically cover the Heimlich maneuver, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and heart attack and stroke diagnosis.
- Pursue Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification. Hawaii does not have any in-state DMS certification programs, so candidates may have to go out of state if they want to go through a certification program. DMS certification programs focus on providing students with a full background in sonographic techniques, developing ethics knowledge and interpersonal skills, and helping students gain hands-on experience.
- Take the ARRT primary and post-primary exams. The ARRT primary and post-primary exams in sonography are the final steps to becoming an ultrasound technician in Hawaii. If students did well in their certification programs and clinical internships—and if they understand the key concepts of their profession—they should be able to pass the exam without issue.