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Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Washington - WA

How to Become an Ultrasound Technician in Washington

Washington is unique in that employers may request prospective ultrasound technicians (sonographers) to obtain a State of Washington Radiologic Technologist certificate as a condition of employment. To acquire a certificate applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an accredited educational training program that meets the approval of the Washington State Department of Health.
  2. Register through a national certification agencies such as:

    - Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certification Board (NMTCB) or
    - American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  3. Fill out and submit an application ($45)
  4. If any credentials were acquired outside of the state of Washington, applicant must provide formal documentation of such credentials.
  5. Complete a total of seven hours of certified HIV/AIDS awareness and training.
  6. Contact the Washington State Depart of Health at to gain access to a State of Washington Radiologic Technologist certificate application and further details.

Washington State Department of Health
Health Systems Quality Assurance
310 Israel Rd.
Tumwater, WA 98501 

After formal sonography training, many ultrasound technicians in Washington opt to sit for a national certification examination called a sonography principals and instrumentation examination (SPI). In fact, some training and education programs conclude the program with certification. There are many certification agencies available to ultrasound technicians, however only agencies that are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) are professionally recognized. If an ultrasound technician successfully passes examination, the title of registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) is given to indicate competency and professionalism.  Although certification is completely voluntary in Washington, there are many occupational advantages for ultrasound technicians to do so:

  • Greater ease of hire
  • Easier job transference
  • Higher earning potential
  • Job security
  • Career advancement

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