Listed below are all of the accredited schools in North Dakota that offer ultrasound or sonography degree or certificate programs.
North Dakota is sparsely populated and has a good deal of rural areas, but still offers quality educational opportunities in the medical field. Most universities and colleges are concentrated in the more populous areas of the state, but there are also online ultrasound options available. Medical professions are in demand across the country, including North Dakota and ultrasound technician programs are available in North Dakota schools. Contact those schools you see below to learn more about your options.
Ultrasound technicians, also known as sonography technicians, are trained to operate equipment to scan patients and produce images to help doctors in diagnosing and treating patients. Not only will you learn to administer the scans, but also how to read the images and interpret the data to doctors on the treatment team. The most familiar task of an ultrasound technician is to obtain images of babies in utero, but there are several other tasks you will be performing.
Contact the schools below that offer ultrasound tech degrees for North Dakota to learn more.
Ultrasound/Sonography Education in North Dakota
Like most schools across the United States, North Dakota universities and colleges offer both online and on-campus training programs for future ultrasound technicians. Some schools do not offer a specific ultrasound technician degree program, but instead offer programs in radiologic sciences or radiologic technology, which include training on sonography equipment, which is used by ultrasound technicians.
Good communication and documentation skills are necessary because you will be responsible for keeping patient records, documenting procedure results and effectively relaying information to the treatment team, patient and families.
While you receive training as a radiological technician in North Dakota, you will take courses that specifically cover sonography and you can later specialize in that area by certifying with an examination. In your radiology program you will have core subjects such as anatomy, physiology, medical psychology, records management, medical ethics and imaging technology.
After you obtain your degree in ultrasound technology, you will be able to take credentialing exams through ARRT or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in the field of ultrasound to certify your skills. After you obtain a position as an ultrasound technician, you can continue your education if desired, as well as have access to continued education courses to maintain and enhance your knowledge as an ultrasound technician. Check out the schools on our site to find a radiology program in ND so you can begin your training as an ultrasound technician!
Outlook for Ultrasound/Sonography Careers in North Dakota
Due to the small population of the state, North Dakota has concentrated areas of ultrasound technician employment. Radiologic technicians/technologists compete for about 140 jobs throughout the state as of 2015, which is slightly lower than the national outlook of projected employment.
Data found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2015. Of course, these rates can always change depending on your employment location, setting, specialty, certifications and education.
North Dakota also offers loan repayment programs to medical professionals who agree to work in rural areas of the state through Rural Assistance Center. Take some time to request program information from the sonography programs in North Dakota to get started today.