Rhode Island Ultrasound Tech Training - RI

How to Become an Ultrasound Technician in Rhode Island

Acquire a GED or high school diploma. Ultrasound Technicians must complete their high school education and take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) before they begin an Associate's degree program. If the students are choosing their own classes, they need to gain a strong background in mathematics, physics, human biology, interpersonal communications, English, ethics, and personal health.

Undergo a complete physical examination. Ultrasound Technicians in Rhode Island must undergo a complete physical exam within six months of beginning their Associate's degree program. Associate's degree programs typically require patients to undergo an exam to ensure that their incoming students are healthy and physically capable of performing the basic tasks of their future position. The exam may include a chest x-ray, tuberculosis scratch test, and other procedures to ensure that candidates do not have any communicable diseases.

Get vaccinated for tuberculosis, varicella, measles, mumps, and hepatitis b. Most applicants are already vaccinated for tuberculosis, varicella, measles, mumps, and hepatitis b before they enter college, but others may not be for one reason or another. All candidates should check their medical records to see if they are current with all their vaccinations, and then begin a vaccination schedule for any incomplete or missing vaccinations. If they have a previous history of any of these illnesses, they should provide their Associate's degree program with those records.

Acquire CPR certification. The American Association of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires all their certificants to become certified in CPR for health care providers. Applicants can obtain CPR certification through the American Red Cross, their local community college, or another organization.

Gain two years of supervised experience after completing an Associate‚Äôs degree program. Clinicals usually begin with observation, and segue into a more hands-on experience as students gain a better understanding of their profession. Students should keep a record of all their clinical observations and practice experience, showing that they have practiced on actual patients. Records should include repeated experience in practicing 29 of the procedures prescribed by the ARRT.  Rhode Island ultrasound technician training programs are designed around meeting these requirements.

Pass the ARRT Sonography exam. The primary exam in Sonography is one of the final steps to becoming a licensed, certified Ultrasound Technician in the State of Rhode Island. The exam measures a student's understanding of key concepts within the field, and certifies them for general practice. If applicants plan to specialize in a type of sonography, they should take the post-primary exam a few years after they take the primary exam.

Apply for licensure through the State of Rhode Island. Ultrasound Technicians in Rhode Island are not required to pass an additional exam to become licensed in the State, but they must submit a series of documents with their application. These documents include an American birth certificate, a chronological resume of their experience, recent identification photographs, ARRT examination results, verification of other State licenses (if applicable), official transcripts, and an application fee. If applicants were born outside of the United States, they must also supply the Rhode Island Department of Health with proof of legal entry into the country, eligibility for employment in the United States, and notarized, translated copies of their official transcripts, license verifications, and birth certificates.

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