How to Become an Ultrasound Technician in Florida

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One of the fastest ways to get into a medical career, without a lot of schooling, is by becoming an ultrasound technician. These professionals provide evidence to a doctor of what is inside a person’s body using images and measurements, so that the doctor can examine it and make a diagnosis.

Education & Training

    City College
    An Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with clinical rotations. Choose either Abdomen & OB/GYN (General Sonography) or Echocardiography & Vascular Sonography path.

    • Altamonte Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Hollywood, Miami


    Keiser University

    • Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, New Port Richey, Orlando, Patrick AF, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach


    Nova Southeastern University
    B.S. in Medical Sonography with 12 month clinical externship. Preps students for the ARDMS exam.

    • Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Clearwater


    South College
    AS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Hybrid format program that preps students to sit the ARDMS certification exam.

    • Orlando


    Southern Technical College
    24 month Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Accredited by CAAHEP. Students become proficient in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains for specialized focuses in Abdominal Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography.

    • Auburndale, Brandon, Fort Myers, Orlando, Port Charlotte, Sanford, Tampa


At a minimum, you will need to earn a diploma in Ultrasound Technology / Diagnostic Medical Sonography from a reputable school in order to enter this career.

Keiser University offers an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). For the degree, you must have completed prerequisite general education courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The objective of the program is to set you up for an entry level job in DMS.

How Long Does It Take?

The program last 24 to 28 months and meets approximately 20 to 25 hours per week.

How Much Does It Cost?

According to the school’s tuition calculator, the cost could be anywhere between $22,000 and $26,000 but as low as $18,000 with a grant.

Program Description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography course integrates classroom learning, practical laboratory exercises, and valuable clinical experience. Through this program, you will develop the essential skills to conduct diagnostic procedures, capture precise diagnostic images, and interpret technical data accurately.

The comprehensive coursework encompasses various critical areas, such as abdominal, obstetrics/gynecology, and vascular sonography. You will delve into topics like acoustic physics and instrumentation, as well as cross-sectional anatomy to deepen your understanding of the field.

During your externship phase, you will be provided with hands-on opportunities to gain real-world experience in actual healthcare settings. This practical exposure will bolster your confidence and competence as you apply your acquired knowledge in real-life scenarios.

Certification

In addition to education, many employers would be more likely to hire someone who has a form of national certification. The classes at Keiser meet state educational requirements for professional licensure.

ARDMS
The most common certification is provided by The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) who certifies each person who passes a six-section exam testing basic physical principles and instrumentation knowledge as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). If you wish you to specialize in a certain area of the body, the credential is provided for different areas, but you must pass the specialization test within five years of getting the RDMS certificate.

CPR
Employers, especially in hospitals or large clinics, also want to hire someone who has a Basic Life Support for healthcare providers certification from the American Heart Association. The course can be taken online or you can find a 4 and 1/2 hour class near you.

Ultrasound Technician Job Description


Ultrasound technicians, also sometimes called diagnostic medical sonographers, use high powered equipment to send different forms of sound waves through a person’s body in order to create an echo image for diagnostic purposes.

Unlike traditional x-rays and imaging techniques such as MRI and CT scans, ultrasound does not use ionizing or radiation waves, so it is not deemed to be dangerous and, for that reason, is commonly used to view fetuses during pregnancy.

Although ultrasound technicians may be trained at reading the images they create, they are not typically allowed to make a diagnosis themselves, but simply provide the images for the doctor. Even when patients have questions, ultrasound technicians must be skilled at communicating in order to make their patients feel at ease so the images come out clearly, but without communicating anything that would make a patient jump to conclusions about a diagnosis.

Workplaces
Ultrasound techs can work in hospitals, including in emergency rooms, or they can work in clinical settings or outpatient care centers, examining a patient after a surgery for instance, or they can work in specialized offices such as a gynecologist’s office, or a children’s clinic.

Salary of an Ultrasound Technician

Below are approximated median annual salaries for ultrasound technicians in major metropolitan cities:

Area Name Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 37.93 78900
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 34.04 70800
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 32.85 68330
Gainesville 32.86 68350
Homosassa Springs 30.89 64240
Jacksonville 36.15 75180
Lakeland-Winter Haven 35.19 73190
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 36.15 75190
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island 37.29 77550
North Florida 33.29 69240
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 38.49 80050
Ocala 31.6 65730
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 34.46 71670
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 36.72 76390
Panama City 30.81 64080
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 32.97 68570
Port St. Lucie 34.58 71930
Sebastian-Vero Beach 33.41 69490
Tallahassee 37.48 77960
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 36.24 75370
The Villages 32.13 66830

source: data.bls.gov
Occupation:Diagnostic Medical Sonographers(SOC Code292032); Period:May 2022