Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Alaska that offer ultrasound or sonography degree or certificate programs.
Ultrasound Technicians assist radiologists with patient medical diagnosis by creating images via sound wave scans. Also known as diagnostic medical sonographers, ultrasound technicians need to earn the proper credentials to legally work in Alaska. Aspiring technicians can choose to earn an Associate's degree in ultrasonography, which takes approximately two years to complete, or a Bachelor's degree in ultrasound technology, which takes about four years to complete.
Contact the schools below with online ultrasound programs to learn more!
Ultrasound/Sonography Education in Alaska
When you are searching for an ultrasound technician program in Alaska, you will want to make sure that the Ultrasound Technology program you choose is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health. Most colleges in Alaska require students to pass certain classes, such as Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology and CPR classes before they are eligible for the program. Coursework may include:
- Vascular ultrasound
- Ultrasound physics
- Abdominal ultrasound
You will also obtain hands-on experience with sonographic equipment for image capturing, value calculation, and image analyzing. Ultrasound technician programs prepare you to work successfully in a fast-paced environment, and six months of clinical training prepares you for various patient care settings and employment opportunities in Alaska.
Even though Alaska does not require ultrasound technicians to obtain a license to work legally in the state, you can likely increase your employment opportunities after completing an education program by getting certified through the American Registry for Diagnostic-Medical Sonographers. Certification requires you to pass an exam which covers topics on communication, protection techniques, and record keeping.
In order to qualify for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer examination, you will need to complete 60 semester hours through an accredited program, provide the proper documentation, complete the mandatory internship, and successfully complete clinical experience as designated.
Ultrasound technicians in Alaska fall under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, which addresses all complaints by performing investigations and introducing disciplinary measures. Most employers require candidates to register with The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, requiring the completion of an accredited ultrasound technology program and degree in radiography, nuclear medicine technology, or radiation therapy. Once licensed, you will need to re-certify every two years by completing 24 continuing education credits.
Outlook for Ultrasound/Sonography Careers in Alaska
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for ultrasound technicians is predicted to continue increasing over the next decade. This increase will provide an additional career opportunities for technicians across the country, including Alaska, which may already be short staffed.
Data found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2015. Keep in mind these pay rates may change depending on level of education, certifications, experience, as well as setting of employment such as a hospital, private clinic or specialty clinic.
Most Ultrasound Technicians work in a hospital environment, however, the increase in demand for sonography technicians provides additional career options in physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, medical laboratories, and government agencies. You will need to be prepared to spend long hours working on your feet and assisting with ill or disabled patients, and they often work with diagnostic imaging equipment in dimly lit rooms or perform the required procedures at patients' bedsides. Because many facilities that hire technicians are open around the clock, individuals may work evenings, overnight, and weekends.
To request more information about Ultrasound Technician programs available in Alaska, click on the schools below. You can request program materials for free, in order to determine if this is the right healthcare career for you.