Sonographer Training in Michigan - MI
Ultrasound technicians or sonographers are in high demand in the field of medical imaging. On average, sonographers can expect a rate of $30.14 per hour (per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008). The SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) 2008 annual salary survey found that Ultrasound Technicians have a median annual salary of $67,768. Michigan ultrasound technician training can be done at a community college or university.
Michigan Ultrasound Technician Training may require
- An associate’s or a bachelor’s degree or at least 12 months of clinical experience in a hospital or military setting
- Courses in anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, medical ethics and patient care
- Good communication skills and good vision
- Attention to detail
- Some employers may require fingerprinting
- Hospital employers may require CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and/or BLS (Basic Life Support) certification; classes are offered through the American Red Cross
- State licensing is not required
- American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registry is recommended as it certifies the competency of the sonographer and many employers prefer to hire registered sonographers
Michigan Ultrasound Technician Continuing Education Requirements
Michigan doesn’t have specific state certification/licensing at this time, but the national certification body, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARMDS) does. The ARDMS requires that in order to remain an active member, a registrant must complete at least 30 continuing medical education credits or CMEs during a three-year period. Registered ARDMS members can determine when their three-year term starts by accessing their account on the ARDMS website.
In addition, The American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM) offers options to earn CME credits. Visit their website for information on CME self-study tests provided by the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (JUM), or to access online video tutorials which can be viewed for CME credits.
The ARDMS has an audit check system to verify compliance with CME credits. If a registrant is randomly selected for an audit, it is his or her responsibility to provide all proper documentation. A list of CME credit documentation can be found at the ARDMS website and the group advises members to keep all CME credit documentation for at least four years, in case of an audit.