X

Sonography Technician Careers and Degrees


(found programs from 37 schools)


Receiving your Sonogram Technician Training in Pennsylvania

If you want to become a sonogram technician in Pennsylvania, you have many educational program options ranging from one-year certificates to master's or doctoral degrees. Depending on the program you choose, you will learn procedures that help to diagnose severe health issues, such as heart disease or breast cancer, using an ultrasonography machine.

At a basic level, formal education in diagnostic medical sonography will teach you how high-frequency sound waves can be used to create images of structures and organs within the body. You'll learn how to read the images and, depending on your specialization, may use them to determine the sex of an unborn baby or find evidence of a host of internal health issues that help a doctor diagnose more accurately. You'll also learn how to use, maintain, and evaluate the purchase of equipment used for medical sonography.

Pennsylvania is known for its many sonography programs, so you have many accredited schools to choose from for a degree in diagnostic medical sonography. Online ultrasound schools are also an option, though provide less on-site training. To be considered a health professional in the field of diagnostic medical sonography, some formal education (including vocational or technical schools) and/or registration with the ARDMS is required.

Sonography Technician Licensing in Pennsylvania

Formal licensure is not required in all states, or for all jobs, because training can happen on the job or through a one-year certificate program. In Pennsylvania, a formal license is not required, though most jobs require a BLS (Basic Life Support) certificate, and/or certification by the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) or the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). Some employers will hire individuals without these certificates on the condition that you acquire them during the first year or two of employment, and most require that the certification is kept current.

In Pennsylvania, degree programs to look for are certificates in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees in Allied Health Diagnostic / Intervention / Treatment Professions.

Career Outlook for Sonogram Technicians in Pennsylvania

According to ONET online, the median wage for sonogram technicians nationally is $65,860 annually. The wide range of careers in the field of sonogram technology means that annual salaries can vary widely, especially with the many levels of education available. However, in Pennsylvania, sonogram technicians can expect to make between $43K and $70K in large urban areas such as Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

Though there are full-time jobs available in Pennsylvania, many sonogram technicians work part-time. Often sonographers are on-call or work variable shifts and hours due to the variable needs for sonograms at hospitals and medical centers. Job opportunities exist for a variety of education levels and career trajectories in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. These jobs range from certificate-level or associate's degree-level training to doctoral. Job titles can include; Cardiovascular Sonographer, Echo Cardiographer, Mammographer, Medical Imaging Supervisor, Medical Instrument Technologist, Radiology Department Manager, Ultrasound Technologist, Vascular Technologist, and many many more.


Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

Pennsylvania

Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray)
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound)
Computed-Assisted Tomography (CAT Scanning) Certificate
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scanning) Certificate

Great Lakes Institute of Technology (Erie, PA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Diploma Program
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate inScience in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Lackawanna College (Scranton, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Cardiac Sonography
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

McCann School of Business & Technology (Lewisburg, PA / Online, PA)
Programs Offered:
Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma
Medical Office Assistant - Diploma - Online

Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging/Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging/Master of Science in Organizational Management
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging/Minor in Management
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
Specialized Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography

South Hills School of Business & Technology (State College, PA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program: Cardiac Sonography Specialization
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program: General Sonography Specialization
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program: Vascular Sonography Specialization

Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Cardiac Sonography
Bachelor of Science in Computed Tomography
Bachelor of Science in General Sonography
Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Vascular Sonography
Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences


Search Accredited Ultrasound and Sonography Programs by State



Search Accredited Ultrasound and Sonography Programs