Career Profile: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Ultrasound Technologist is a medical professional who uses specialized equipment to create images (sonograms) of structures inside the human body to provide physicians with images to assist in medical diagnosis. Most sonographers work in hospitals while the remaining work in doctor’s offices, diagnostic facilities and outpatient centers.

Sonographers can expand their scope of practice and career opportunities through additional specialized registries.  These include abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography, obstetrics & gynecology, adult echocardiography, vascular and musculoskeletal.

In order to become registered to practice, a Sonographer must satisfactorily complete an associate’s degree program accredited by a recognized credentialing agency.  After completion of the program, they then must pass a registry exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). The prerequisites for entry into our ABHES accredited program include a High School diploma or GED. Candidates will also have an interview with program staff before being admitted into the program.

The ideal Sonographer is an excellent oral communicator with both patients and colleagues. They are comfortable and efficient with old and new technology. Sonographers must have stamina to cope with long hours on their feet, physical strength to position patients, personal discipline to ensure patient safety, and a knowledge base of the appropriate operational protocols.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a great career choice if you have the desire to work and serve others in the medical field. A career in sonography can afford you endless opportunities of patient care. Working alongside healthcare professionals such as physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and various other healthcare professionals, you become a member of a community of individuals who are driven by the same values and purpose; taking pride in those we care for. Obtaining a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer will strengthen you as you begin to develop a passion for making an impact on the lives of others. Discovering your ability to be a part of saving a life is by far the most rewarding entity you will experience while working in the field of sonography.