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How to Become an Ultrasound Tech

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To become an ultrasound technician, the following steps are highly recommended:

Observe

First, observe established professions in this field for several days to make certain you are interested in this line of work prior to earning a degree in the field. Interview and talk with seasoned sonographers to ensure you understand the exact job duties required and that you’d enjoy this type of work.

Research and complete Prerequisites

Next, research ultrasound technician/sonography schools to determine the length of the program, tuition, and most importantly, quality of instruction. After deciding you want to pursue this field and you have an idea of the program you’d like to enroll in, take necessary prerequisites. By taking these credits before you enter the program it will lighten your load, since most sonography programs are quite extensive with both coursework and on-the-job work. If you are able to complete night classes for a year before you enter the program, you’ll have less homework while you’re learning on-the-job training.

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How to Become an Ultrasound Technician

Enroll in an Ultrasound Tech Program

After you are finished or almost finished with the prerequisites, register for an ultrasound tech program in order to complete your associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.

Ultrasound Tech Internships

Internships, or clinical hours, are a requirement of nearly all sonography programs. Typically part time internship, or clinical hours, are required throughout the course of this program. Sometimes up to 32 hours of clinical experience are required per week.

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What does this field require in terms of continuing education?

You must complete 30 continuing education units every three years and pay an annual fee to maintain a sonography license. You can earn these units by attending conferences, completing online recertification credits, or attending classes to help better your knowledge in the field. It is also essential for sonographers to maintain their CPR license.

Board Exams

In addition to completing a set number of internship/clinical hours, students are also required to complete examinations for each sonography specialty in order to complete the program. It may be beneficial to take some of the extra exams like OB/GYN to increase your marketability.

Start Your Job Search

Begin the job search. Attending career fairs and looking at local hospital postings may be beneficial.

 

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