If you're planning on starting a new career as an ultrasound technician, New York is a great place to do it. New York is the state with the fourth highest level of employment for this profession, and the New York metropolitan area employs the most technicians of any metropolitan area in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, there are many accredited schools in NY to suit your needs. If you're interested in changing to an exciting new career, enroll at one of the many schools in New York today. A degree in ultrasound technology will lead to the opportunities you've been dreaming of.
What do the Programs Involve?
Ultrasound technicians are also known as diagnostic medical sonographers. Courses that teach you how to become one will enable you to use the latest technology to observe and produce images of blood flow as well as the body's tissues, organs, and other structures. This offers physicians working with patients extremely helpful information without the need for surgery.
Programs in ultrasound technology include courses in physiology and anatomy, and classes designed to prepare students for certification in breast or abdominal sonography are also available. You'll receive training on how to interpret the images you produce and provide accurate, technical information for physicians who require it. Most programs will lead to associate or bachelor's degrees, which will generally take two and four years of full-time study, respectively. For those already working in health care, one-year certificates are also available. High school students interested in ultrasound sonography should take math courses.
Employers prefer degrees from schools accredited to offer ultrasound technician programs. Many of these programs allow you to participate in training in a clinical setting. You’re also likely to receive on-the-job training from your employer.
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Schools Outside of NYC
Here is a list of CAAHEP-accredited ultrasound tech schools in NY that offer online courses:
- Hudson Valley Community College (Troy: www.hvcc.edu, (518) 629-7123)
- Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester: www.rit.edu, (585) 475-2241)
- Sanford Brown Institute, Garden City (Garden City: www.sanfordbrown.edu/Garden-City, (888) 576-1333)
- Western Suffolk BOCES (Northport: www.wsboces.org, (631) 261-3730)
Rochester Institute of Technology also appears near the top of the U.S. News and World Report's regional ranking for universities in the northern U.S.
Local Schools in NYC
If you live in or near New York City, you may also wish to attend one of these city schools:
- Long Island University (Brooklyn: www.liu.edu, (718) 780-6529)
- New York Methodist Hospital (Brooklyn: www.nymahe.org, (718) 645-3500)
- Sanford Brown Institute (Manhattan: www.sanfordbrown.edu, (877) 809-2444)
- SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn: www.downstate.edu, (718) 270-7764)
Why Should I Attend an Accredited School?
Pursing a degree or certificate in ultrasound sonography will put you on a path to a high-paying, stable career. The mean annual wage for a diagnostic medical sonographer in New York was $66,440 in 2010, according to the BLS. The field is also expected to grow by 44 percent, about twice the rate of all fields.
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