Sonography Certification – First Step To Become A Sonographer

A medical sonographer uses high-frequency sound waves to take images of the internal structures for diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Candidates who are interested in pursuing their career as sonographers need to go for Sonography Certificate programs.

For getting admission into a sonography certificate program, some colleges require completion of college level courses in science and math while others require previous health care experience.

Given Below Are Some Of The Courses Of Sonography Certificate Program:

  • Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • High-resolution sonography
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Obstetric sonography
Sonographers specialize in examining specific parts of the body such as neuro-sonography (brain), cardiac sonography (heart), ophthalmic sonography (eyes), obstetrical/gynecological sonography (pregnant and non-pregnant uterus),  and vascular sonography (blood vessels).

Sonographers are responsible for selection and set up of appropriate equipment, for explaining the procedure to patients and for making patients comfortable during the procedure. Sonographers observe real time images being produced on a screen.

Four year bachelor's degree programs are available for Sonography Certification. One-year Sonography certificate programs are also available at different colleges and universities; however these are for the ones who are already employed in the health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), no state requires licensed sonographers but employers prefer to hire those who become certified and registered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

By 2016, job opportunities for sonographers are expected to rise at a rate of 19 per cent, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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