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Danteri in Chicago, Illinois

85 months ago

I am considering PCCTI a chicago-based medical careers school to take an ultrasound course. This school is not listed as accredited by CAAHP or RDMS, and I wonder if anyone has ever graduated from there and manage to become ARDMS certified or even fulltime employed?

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Sound2033 in Bolingbrook, Illinois

84 months ago

About 3 out of 20 students who go to PCCTI actually get hired. You need about 6 to 7 months at 3 days a week on a clinical site.
You might try a mobile group to see if they
will give you clinicals. You could help load
the maching and drive around. It is a good trade off. The good news is now ARDMS will let anyone who has scanned for 2 years and is
certified with CCI apply for their certification. Last year medicare and puble aid won't pay any clinic or hospital if the tech is not ARDMS.

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Danteri in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Sound2033 in Bolingbrook, Illinois said: About 3 out of 20 students who go to PCCTI actually get hired. You need about 6 to 7 months at 3 days a week on a clinical site.
You might try a mobile group to see if they
will give you clinicals. You could help load
the maching and drive around. It is a good trade off. The good news is now ARDMS will let anyone who has scanned for 2 years and is
certified with CCI apply for their certification. Last year medicare and puble aid won't pay any clinic or hospital if the tech is not ARDMS.

Are you sure about these figures? How about MCI or East-West University ( they are connected to Citi-college of Allied Health in Chicago. Is is just PCCTI that cant set you up with clinicals, or are they all like that. A lot of people go to these - why arent they complaining on this forum?

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Zander in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Danteri in Chicago, Illinois said: I am considering PCCTI a chicago-based medical careers school to take an ultrasound course. This school is not listed as accredited by CAAHP or RDMS, and I wonder if anyone has ever graduated from there and manage to become ARDMS certified or even fulltime employed?

If you do not graduate from an accredited School you can no longer (as of Jan 1st 2008) sit for your boards(ARDMS). You cannot become a RDMS. MCI IS JOKE of a school and they know it. They prey on the ignorant and that's how they make there money. If you have any Questions just go to ARDMS site and all the ifo is there. Also school listings that are accredited and acceptable by the ARDMS.
Triton College in River Grove is the most well known and produces the best Sonographers in Illinois. If you are a grad of Triton College you will find a job. Debbie Krukowski is the program Director and very well known thru-out the city of Chicago and the suburbs. Her students always get hired over others.

Good luck and beware of the phoney schools.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

LESLEY in Bolingbrook, Illinois said: Please don't go there. I taught there for 2 years. I am an employed tech. you can email me at sound2033@aol.com. put
in comment field that it is about PCCTI lesley

No you are not an instructor, do not proper credentials, can only scan, was a horrible teacher, all you did was copy pages from books and hand out to students, you don't even hold any registry in sonography. It was taking you forever to get proof or registry and for that you were fired because you could not teach and didn't hold any credentials in sonogrpahy.

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Gina in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Danteri in Chicago, Illinois said: I am considering PCCTI a chicago-based medical careers school to take an ultrasound course. This school is not listed as accredited by CAAHP or RDMS, and I wonder if anyone has ever graduated from there and manage to become ARDMS certified or even fulltime employed?

First of all there are only 4 schools in the entire state of Illinois that are CAAHEP accredited. For your information ARDMS and CCI are privately owned testing agencies and have no authority over approving/accrediting or dis-accrediting any school. You need to first fully educate yourself before going our and passing judgements. If one chooses to become and unltrasound tech either they wait for 2-3 years on a waiting list then enroll in a 2 year program or the other route is to attend a reputable school like PCCTI for a one year Diploma program, work in the industry for about a year and can be qualified for registry. There are severeal pre-requisites thru which a person can qualify for registry. One needs to fully understand the profession, what is involved in it and be able to withstand the chanlleges. People who are weak tend to blame other for their shortcomings.

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Leena in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Zander in Chicago, Illinois said: If you do not graduate from an accredited School you can no longer (as of Jan 1st 2008) sit for your boards(ARDMS). You cannot become a RDMS. MCI IS JOKE of a school and they know it. They prey on the ignorant and that's how they make there money. If you have any Questions just go to ARDMS site and all the ifo is there. Also school listings that are accredited and acceptable by the ARDMS.
Triton College in River Grove is the most well known and produces the best Sonographers in Illinois. If you are a grad of Triton College you will find a job. Debbie Krukowski is the program Director and very well known thru-out the city of Chicago and the suburbs. Her students always get hired over others.

Good luck and beware of the phoney schools.

People like you are ignorant and pass statements based on your close minded opinions. No school is going after you, forcing you and dragging you into your school, it is entirley your decision whether to join a school or not. Do you even know how many people are currently unemployed in this country with Bachelors and Master Degrees. No school guarantees job's, it would the student's foolishness to expect job guarantee's.
Give me one name of an educational institution that guarantees jobs.
I attended PCCTI and was provided clinical and infact a job lead where I worked for one year and I am now heading that company's Boston Branch.
People who work hard, are dilligent and realistic move forward and others just find reasons to blame others. While I was attending 2-3 students landed up with jobs in hospitals.
Yes it is somewhat of a difficult yet fruitful profession but you are the one who has to work to get results.

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Dave in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Sound2033 in Bolingbrook, Illinois said: About 3 out of 20 students who go to PCCTI actually get hired. You need about 6 to 7 months at 3 days a week on a clinical site.
You might try a mobile group to see if they
will give you clinicals. You could help load
the maching and drive around. It is a good trade off. The good news is now ARDMS will let anyone who has scanned for 2 years and is
certified with CCI apply for their certification. Last year medicare and puble aid won't pay any clinic or hospital if the tech is not ARDMS.

Why don't you tell how you became a sonographer, an accident, you can't even stand infront of a class and lecture, went to a diploma school, when ARDMS was not so strict with their pre-requisites. You have been fired for over 3 years, how the hell you know that 2-3 out of 20 get jobs. PCCTI has apx. 80% placement rate and not every students sits around and waits for PCCTI to place them, they are aggressive and find their own way, which you just fell into.

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A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Once and for all. Just go to ARDMS.org and all your questions will be answered. If you are still in doubt call them. Everyone out here is going to give a different opinion. The ARDMS will give you the facts, nothing but the facts.

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Dave in Pompano Beach, Florida

84 months ago

Nope.
Sounds like an interesting field.
Thanks for the the info!

Much regards,
David
www.travellinesexpress.com
ebooks4life.blogspot.com

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Erik in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Danteri Hi just wondering are you going for general ultrasound or echocardiography i am interested in going to this school also but i planned on taking echocardiography after i do cardiovascular technicain course.I know it is not a degree but if you find college hard do to hectic work schedules and such too me this is the next best option. I am planning on attending also please let us know how it is once you go.

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A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Erik
Do not waste your money at the Employment based training school. Go to ARDMS.org and find an accredited school so you can be registered(ARDMS) The times are changing and most places give you a year after hire to pass your boards. If not your fired. Don't waste your time, hard work and money. 2 years for an Associates and 1 year for a Certificate if your already a Imaging Technician (X-Ray,CT..MRI...etc....) Majority of the Hospitals and Dr. offices in and around Chicago are Clinical sites for the Accredited Schools. We do not take students unless they are from Triton College. Please check out the ARDMS.org and take a look at the Accredited School List.

Good Luck

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Erik in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois said: Erik
Do not waste your money at the Employment based training school. Go to ARDMS.org and find an accredited school so you can be registered(ARDMS) The times are changing and most places give you a year after hire to pass your boards. If not your fired. Don't waste your time, hard work and money. 2 years for an Associates and 1 year for a Certificate if your already a Imaging Technician (X-Ray,CT..MRI...etc....) Majority of the Hospitals and Dr. offices in and around Chicago are Clinical sites for the Accredited Schools. We do not take students unless they are from Triton College. Please check out the ARDMS.org and take a look at the Accredited School List.

Good Luck

Hi thanx for the reply are these schools that bad? are you a healthcare professional? see i was trying to get into Echocardiography and i didnt see it at any college just these medical schools.I know college would be better but i know it will take a lot longer for me to graduate as i dont have any college credits and for the courses that you were saying x ray tech mri these courses with going a few nights a week as that would be the most i could go would take me a good 4 years or so.

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A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL Loading...
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL
Website: www.nmh.org
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
676 St. Clair Street
5th Floor, Suite 550
Chicago , IL - 60611

Degrees: Certificate
Concentrations: General
Program Director: Casey Clarke BSRT, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS
Email: cclarke@nmh.org
Phone: (312) 926-1196

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale - Carbondale, IL Loading...
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale - Carbondale, IL
Website: www.siu.edu
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
ASA School of Allied Health
MC 6615
Room 0014
Carbondale , IL - 62901

Degrees: Certificate, Baccalaureate
Concentrations: General
Program Director: Karen Having MEd, RT(R), RDMS
Email: khaving@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-4980

THE OTHER SCHHOLS AREN'T COMING UP BECAUSE I HAVE NO MORE ROOM TO PASTE THEM HERE. SO HER THEY ARE-NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-CHICAGO, TRITON COLLEGE-RIVER GROVE(708-456-0300( DEBBIE KRUKOWSKI-PROGRAM DIRECTOR.CALL THESE NUMBERS AND FIND OUT THE INFO YOU NEED.

GOOD LUCK
A SONOGRAPHER NOT A TECHNICIAN.

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soon to be a sonographer in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

I recently was accepted into Triton College for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Firstly, what a journey, but so worth the wait. It is extremely competitive. But, I made it. I am so happy to hear that Triton is so reputable...and that a great job is hopefully going to be there for me when I graduate. I did do a lot of research and PCCTI was one of the places I checked out...it seems like wow, I could finish sooner that 2 years...then I attended an info. session at Triton and a student from PCCTI and I were talking and she was so upset because she spent 10 times more money and had no hospitals that would give her the time of day....It just seems like such a rough road to take for so much money. Harper College just got accredited again...its all on ARDMS...that is the key as stated in above messages.

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soon to be a sonographer in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

Zander in Chicago, Illinois said: If you do not graduate from an accredited School you can no longer (as of Jan 1st 2008) sit for your boards(ARDMS). You cannot become a RDMS. MCI IS JOKE of a school and they know it. They prey on the ignorant and that's how they make there money. If you have any Questions just go to ARDMS site and all the ifo is there. Also school listings that are accredited and acceptable by the ARDMS.
Triton College in River Grove is the most well known and produces the best Sonographers in Illinois. If you are a grad of Triton College you will find a job. Debbie Krukowski is the program Director and very well known thru-out the city of Chicago and the suburbs. Her students always get hired over others.

Good luck and beware of the phoney schools.

Wow that is great to hear....I just got accepted into Triton College...extremely excited

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Erik in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Hi for you all talking about schools like pccti are you all just talking about the Ultrasound technician course is bad there? i am interested in there Adult Echocardiography course. does anyone have any info on that particular course i checked the colleges that you all have listed and no where has these courses no colleges anyway. do any of you know about Echocardiography or Vascular ultrasound? these are the courses i am interested in. i am also looking at for a school besides pccti Citi-College of allied health and MCI.

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soon to be a sonographer in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

Hello there....I am not sure as I am just a new student in U/S. The only thing I have ever heard from friends working in hospitals that have done crossover training is that they have done it at the hospital they work at....I'm not sure if there is a particular course at any college for it.

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an observer

84 months ago

ARDMS has changed one rule. if you are registered with CCI you can sit for ARDMS

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danteri in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

How do you get registered as CCI? What does "CCI" mean?

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Researching in Chicago in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

I was also wondering what CCI means. I have done a LOT of research and spoke with some people at PCCTI. They seem very leery of giving you information. I would love to hear from anyone who has attended the program, good or bad outcomes. They could not tell me what their placement rate is so I am curious as to how some people on this site have figured that out.

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sound2033 in Thornton, Illinois

84 months ago

here is info on CCI

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
1500 Sunday Dr, Ste 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
800-326-0268 or 919-861-4539
919-787-4916 FAX
www.cci-online.org

CCI is a certification body (an independent, nonprofit organization) that administers examinations and awards credentials in all areas of cardiovascular technology (Invasive, Non-invasive Echo and Non-invasive Vascular) . The credentials offered by CCI upon successful examination completion are the:

Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS)
Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT

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sound2033 in Thornton, Illinois

84 months ago

I am very sure about the numbers. I have contacted 10 people who went to PCCTI and only 1 is working. I myself went to MCI and they have one clinical site that is hard to get into. the instructor actually has a clinic downtown. it was wonderful of her to open that up, she
didn't have to. If you have no hospital hook up I would take the time to do it by jr college. It is worth it. coming out of school you should start at about $25 and hr and 3 to 4 yrs later you can be making $38 or so.
I think because x student don't ever work in the field, they go on with their lives and don't look up to much
on ultrasound for anything. that is just a guess. they should be telling their stories.

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Researching in Chicago in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

Thank you for your responses SOUND2033. I will look at CCI. I am just torn as to what to do. PCCTI is certainly the quicker route IF you can get a job. What are the major roadblocks they are running into as far as finding jobs? Since you went to MCI where is your career path taking you? Since that is not CAAHEP accredited have you had problems getting a job? I have a bachelor's and my concern is finding the one year of experience after attending PCCTI before I can become registered. Would getting CCI registered help me get a job? I would love to go to a CAAHEP accredited school but most are far from where I live and work. Also, I hear it is extremely competitive. I just don't want to waste time taking prereq's for a program I will never get into to.

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none in Mount Prospect, Illinois

84 months ago

Gina in Chicago, Illinois said: First of all there are only 4 schools in the entire state of Illinois that are CAAHEP accredited. For your information ARDMS and CCI are privately owned testing agencies and have no authority over approving/accrediting or dis-accrediting any school. You need to first fully educate yourself before going our and passing judgements. If one chooses to become and unltrasound tech either they wait for 2-3 years on a waiting list then enroll in a 2 year program or the other route is to attend a reputable school like PCCTI for a one year Diploma program, work in the industry for about a year and can be qualified for registry. There are severeal pre-requisites thru which a person can qualify for registry. One needs to fully understand the profession, what is involved in it and be able to withstand the chanlleges. People who are weak tend to blame other for their shortcomings.

I am attending PCCTI currently and found a clinical site. So if i work for one year after clinicals/graduation. And have my bachelors degree it is for sure that i can sit for the ardms?? there is someone saying you can not anymore as of 2008. Please let me know any information you may have.
thanks!!

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new u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

I know that it has been said many times before, but truth be told....go to that ardms website....I wouldn't take anyones word for it. That is your future your questioning, no one else. That was a lot of money to spend on that program so I would just go to it....they have implemented a few new changes for this year.

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A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

These are the only schools in NorthCarolina who are accredited.
Caldwell Comm College & Tech Institute - Hudson, NC
Website: www.cccti.edu
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
2855 Hickory Blvd
Hudson , NC - 28638

Degrees: Associate
Concentrations: General, Cardiac
Program Director: Kimberlee B Watts BS, RT(R)(N), CNMT, RDMS (AB,OB)
Email: kwatts@cccti.edu
Phone: (828) 726-2322

Johnston Community College - Smithfield, NC Loading...
Johnston Community College - Smithfield, NC
Website: www.johnstoncc.edu
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
PO Box 2350
245 College Road
Smithfield , NC - 27577

Degrees: Diploma, Associate
Concentrations: General, Cardiac, Vascular
Program Director: Cathy Godwin BS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Email: godwinc@johnstoncc.edu
Phone: (919) 209-2158

Pitt Community College - Greenvile, NC Loading...
Pitt Community College - Greenville, NC
Website: www.pittcc.edu
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program
PO Box 7007
Greenvile , NC - 27835

Degrees: Associate
Concentrations: General, Cardiac
Program Director: Ruggie MacKenzie RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Email: rmackenz@email.pittcc.edu
Phone:

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Erik in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Do any of you know of any certificate or diploma programs in Chicago Illinois that train in Echocardiography i am looking to get into the program i know of pccti and citi-college of allied health are these schools pretty good for this profession? they do not have anything listed on the ardms or cahhep website. about this proffesion it is a cci program

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saima in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

soon to be a sonographer in Mokena, Illinois said: I recently was accepted into Triton College for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Firstly, what a journey, but so worth the wait. It is extremely competitive. But, I made it. I am so happy to hear that Triton is so reputable...and that a great job is hopefully going to be there for me when I graduate. I did do a lot of research and PCCTI was one of the places I checked out...it seems like wow, I could finish sooner that 2 years...then I attended an info. session at Triton and a student from PCCTI and I were talking and she was so upset because she spent 10 times more money and had no hospitals that would give her the time of day....It just seems like such a rough road to take for so much money. Harper College just got accredited again...its all on ARDMS...that is the key as stated in above messages.

hi,The info you have posted here is of great help.I have few questions to ask you.How long does it take? And you have mentioned that it is very competitive, so what should I in order to get in.

Thanks

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u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

saima in Chicago, Illinois said: hi,The info you have posted here is of great help.I have few questions to ask you.How long does it take? And you have mentioned that it is very competitive, so what should I in order to get in.

Thanks

If you are interested in Triton College, check out their website...and get in contact with someone from the college who knows specifically about the program. The complete program is....let's see I start this August and I will finish up in May of 2010, so it is roughly 21 months. Competitive meaning around 350-400 people apply and roughly 30-35 get accepted. The key is finish up all your pre req's to even be looked at, then go within the program and take all the course not marked DMS...cause you can't because those are the classes specific to that program. You take them once accepted. Good grades of course are necessary because you are being point counted for your grades. The better the grade the higher the points. If you have any other questions, feel free.

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Researching in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

I am out of district so I wonder what my chances of getting in are. It does state counties with co-ops and in district students are looked at first. Do you know if any out of district students got in. Good point though about taking all classes except the DMS ones. Do a lot of people go that route? Thanks for all your help.

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u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

I am out of district! The beauty of it is this...I'm not sure what district you are in. Make sure that you don't have any accredited ultrasound courses in your district or closer to you than Triton then .....your community college can fill out a chargeback agreement with Triton. Now, your tuition costs are going to be indistrict an not out district, which is a huge savings...trust me it saved me. And, I'm not sure if you would be considered in district because of that agreement. But, in any case it worked for me. Are you anywhere near Moraine Valley? Or are you Chicago?

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u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

Leena in Chicago, Illinois said: People like you are ignorant and pass statements based on your close minded opinions. No school is going after you, forcing you and dragging you into your school, it is entirley your decision whether to join a school or not. Do you even know how many people are currently unemployed in this country with Bachelors and Master Degrees. No school guarantees job's, it would the student's foolishness to expect job guarantee's.
Give me one name of an educational institution that guarantees jobs.
I attended PCCTI and was provided clinical and infact a job lead where I worked for one year and I am now heading that company's Boston Branch.
People who work hard, are dilligent and realistic move forward and others just find reasons to blame others. While I was attending 2-3 students landed up with jobs in hospitals.
Yes it is somewhat of a difficult yet fruitful profession but you are the one who has to work to get results.

I fully agree with and understand everything you are saying. But at the same time it is just unfathomable that a school would profess to be something that it is not. That they can take SO much money from you versus a more reputable school that is saught after for more than half the cost. It is the students responsibility to research things to their fullest and decide what the correct route is for themselves. I think you are one of the lucky ones that was given a break. But, for those unaccredited places....its a tough break for some people. I have heard some pretty misleading things about some of those quicky-course places.

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Researching in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

I am in Lee County Illinois which I believe would be closest to College of DuPage but I am not sure on this. Since I am pretty far from all of them I don't know if I could choose which one to try and get into or if I would have to pick the closest one. I just hate to take all the prereq's and then not get in at all. I am worried about that aspect of things.

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u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

Listen...you wanna talk about being nervous....I had to wait 2 weeks while some of my friends from previous classes were getting letters...it is very stressful,but that is the games no matter where you go. Your pre req's are basic Chemistry, Bio, Physics, and Math....I don't know your age, but I have two young kids and I was able to take 5 classes at one time, so you can do it, you just have to want it bad enough. Now, College of Dupage...check that out because that may only be a certificate course....meaning if you are already a rad/tech and you just need 15 months of school to be ARDMS certified....so that may not even work for you.

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Researching in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

Leena in Chicago: Could you please let me know your career path or places that do accept students from non CAAHEP accredited programs? I am just trying to find honest answers on the school. Also, did you keep in touch with anyone who you went to school with and if so, what are they doing now? Overall, if someone was to take the program seriously and understand what it takes to do this challenging job do you think they have a good chance of finding a job for that year before they are registered? Also, have you sat for the registry yet? Thank you for all your help.

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u/s student in Mokena, Illinois

84 months ago

Leena....I am starting my program in August. I do know people who are in the profession...which is ultrasound. They make very good money and there are many opportunities. There is a difference in a non-accredited and an accredited school. The HUGE difference is that an accredited school such as Triton has affliations with certain hospitals....they want triton students because they know how well they are being taught. So, these hospitals take in these students, sort of speak, and teach them. These are clinical sites. It however is very difficult for students to even be looked by hospitals if they are going to a nonaccredited institution....therefore those that are going to a non accredited school....have to not only find there own sites, but the school will not help....so it is a very difficult route to take. And the cost of those places is astronomical. See, the accredited places don't have to charge so much because they have students begging to get in so that money is flowin', just be careful.

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michele in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

84 months ago

LESLEY in Bolingbrook, Illinois said: Please don't go there. I taught there for 2 years. I am an employed tech. you can email me at sound2033@aol.com. put
in comment field that it is about PCCTI lesley

hey i saw your message and I am trying ot inquire about the ultrasound tech program. why do you say not to go there.

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A Sonographer not Technician in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

Have you not read the the other conversations?????? Read the Forum then go to ardms.org and arm yourself with INFO.

good Luck

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Researching in Aurora, Illinois

84 months ago

Michelle in Buffalo Grove: They are not CAAHEP accredited. It seems as though people who attended the program are really struggling to find clinical sites to take them. Also, it is $7500 and there is no guarantee you would be capable of performing ultrasounds at the level hospitals and clinics need you to. Other programs, CAAHEP accredited, while there is NO guarantee you will get a job chances seem much greater. Again, this is just what I have found in my research. Others may disagree with me. I am trying to find people who have good things to say about PCCTI b/c it seems to be the quicker route but I haven't been able to find those people.

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amber in Chicago, Illinois

83 months ago

i just wanted to start by saying thank you to all who have posted info on PCCTI. I actually have an interview with them tomorrow for the ultrasound program. it is definitely quicker than most other programs which is what i need.

my hesitation is because i went to banner institute (chicago) for a medical billing program and the school lost its accredidation about 2 weeks before graduation. I don't even know if they are still open. anywho.. i spent exactly $10,350 (which i also paid in full) and regret it so much. the school was able to find me an externship site but that was about it. (externship site was not hiring by the way).

I will go down and address EVERYTHING that was addressed in this forum to see what they have to say. Hopefully that will put my mind at ease a bit and hopefully anyone else considering going there.

Btw, anybody considering school for medical billing and coding should try to make some clinical/hospital connections BEFORE you graduate. The one and only job i secured after graduation paid me $8.75 and hour. Again I paid $10,350 big ones. Need i say more?

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Researching in Aurora, Illinois

83 months ago

Please keep us posted. I would like to hear what they tell you.

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someone in Hobart, Indiana

83 months ago

I am interested in the school as well. I have found two chat boards that have nothing good to say about it and one that was more appealing but for a different program. It's frustrating because it is so difficult to find a course in our area.

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anonymous in Willowbrook, Illinois

83 months ago

someone in Hobart, Indiana said: I am interested in the school as well. I have found two chat boards that have nothing good to say about it and one that was more appealing but for a different program. It's frustrating because it is so difficult to find a course in our area.

Please no one go to PCCTI. I went there for their ultrasound program and what a joke. You don't learn a thing. They will place you in a clinical but only for a maximum of 3 months. In order to get registered you need to do clinical for 1 year and full time. Trust me, it won't happen. I tried. You will just be wasting your time and money. I don't think that there is a single person from my class that is practicing ultrasound today.

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Lashun Walker in Chicago, Illinois

83 months ago

Leena in Chicago, Illinois said: People like you are ignorant and pass statements based on your close minded opinions. No school is going after you, forcing you and dragging you into your school, it is entirley your decision whether to join a school or not. Do you even know how many people are currently unemployed in this country with Bachelors and Master Degrees. No school guarantees job's, it would the student's foolishness to expect job guarantee's.
Give me one name of an educational institution that guarantees jobs.
I attended PCCTI and was provided clinical and infact a job lead where I worked for one year and I am now heading that company's Boston Branch.
People who work hard, are dilligent and realistic move forward and others just find reasons to blame others. While I was attending 2-3 students landed up with jobs in hospitals.
Yes it is somewhat of a difficult yet fruitful profession but you are the one who has to work to get results.[/QU

I went to PCCTI and i'am having trouble finding a job do you have any suggestion's on what i should do i been applying for job's about six month's now and i had no luck at all yet i'am even thinking about going back to school because no one will hire me without no or not enough clinicals experience and i paid PCCTI over 13,000 to go there i'am just so hurt by this so if you will please give me some advice on what to do i really appreicated thank you so much

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A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois

83 months ago

LEENA IN CHICAGO IS SO FULL OF HERSELF/HIMSELF.
DO NOT LISTEN TO HER/HIM THEIR ON THE PCCTI PAYROLL. Anything she has to say is so full of #$%^%$#. Don't waste your time responding to her/him. just go to ARDMS.org and find the answer to your question. ALL THE INFORMATION IS THERE.

Attention Leena in Chicago-Find yourself another soapbox to preach your garbage from. How stupid do you think theses people are? Stop talking down to them. Take your condescending butt to Boston. I am sure you are not a registered SONOGRAPHER and I can pretty much bet your not working as one either. Sonographers don't work in Corporate offices. Get with the program honey, your a loser wannna be Sonographer who got screwed like everyone else by going to PCCTI for Ultrasound. We don't want to hear your BLAH BLAH BLAH story glorifying PCCTI. Besides PCCTI cannot hold a candle to TRITON COLLEGE.
PCCTI can eat Tritons Dust when It comes to Ultrasound. Take that and stuff it in your wanna be Sonographer cap. Do us all a favor go to Boston and get lost in Corporate.

ATTENTION ANYONE INTERESTED IN ULTRASOUND

GO TO ARDMS.org and get the Correct Information

Leena -don't bother with a retort, I won't be dignifying anything you have to say. Your a waste of hot air.

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new student in Mokena, Illinois

83 months ago

A sonographer not a Technician in Chicago, Illinois said: LEENA IN CHICAGO IS SO FULL OF HERSELF/HIMSELF.
DO NOT LISTEN TO HER/HIM THEIR ON THE PCCTI PAYROLL. Anything she has to say is so full of #$%^%$#. Don't waste your time responding to her/him. just go to ARDMS.org and find the answer to your question. ALL THE INFORMATION IS THERE.

Attention Leena in Chicago-Find yourself another soapbox to preach your garbage from. How stupid do you think theses people are? Stop talking down to them. Take your condescending butt to Boston. I am sure you are not a registered SONOGRAPHER and I can pretty much bet your not working as one either. Sonographers don't work in Corporate offices. Get with the program honey, your a loser wannna be Sonographer who got screwed like everyone else by going to PCCTI for Ultrasound. We don't want to hear your BLAH BLAH BLAH story glorifying PCCTI. Besides PCCTI cannot hold a candle to TRITON COLLEGE.
PCCTI can eat Tritons Dust when It comes to Ultrasound. Take that and stuff it in your wanna be Sonographer cap. Do us all a favor go to Boston and get lost in Corporate.

ATTENTION ANYONE INTERESTED IN ULTRASOUND

GO TO ARDMS.org and get the Correct Information

Leena -don't bother with a retort, I won't be dignifying anything you have to say. Your a waste of hot air.

A SONOGRAPHER NOT A TECHNICIAN IN CHICAGO
Whew....well said. I just have to say I am very pleased that you speak so highly of Triton College. I guess I never realized they were that great. I'm due to start the program in August, so it nice to hear. It is hard to get in for sure with all of the competition out there. Do you have any suggestions as to what hospitals are good hospitals to be at? I heard good things about palos hospital, but what about St. Joe's in Joliet? I hear they are good too.

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A Sonographer not Technician in Chicago, Illinois

83 months ago

Every clinical sight is different. Debbie/Marianne will try to send you to sites where you will get the most and they look to make sure personalities fit. Both Hospitals that you mentioned are very good. But Debbie /Marianne will always send their students to good sites(that's all we have are good sites) Good Luck in the Program you will love it. Also the clinical sites could be close to your home and I don't know the area your in. Don't worry you will do fine. I gradusted in 1999 and started working full-time 2 days after graduation. Just make sure your prereq's are done. Good luck in Mokena.

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new student in Mokena, Illinois

83 months ago

Well I'm actually in New Lenox...right next to Mokena, why it pops up Mokena, I don't know. I didn't realize you were a grad of Triton. I hear that I should go to Christ, a major trama center, but I don't really prefer Christ hospital, but it is a teaching hospital, so I would love to do a clinical site there for the experience. I have a friend in the program now and he says that the physics for ultrasound class is pretty intense, so I know going into the first semester I really have to focus. I'm excited about it. Tell me...if you don't mind me picking your brain.....most hospitals welcome Triton students don't they? And, how do the hours for u/s techs usually work? Is there such a thing as 3 12's? Or is our type of work general and 9-5, M-F....I just want to get a feel for it. I know hospitals have typically 3 shifts, but I wasn't sure how the shifts for u/s techs works. Thanks a lot.

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new student in Mokena, Illinois

83 months ago

A Sonographer not Technician in Chicago, Illinois said: Every clinical sight is different. Debbie/Marianne will try to send you to sites where you will get the most and they look to make sure personalities fit. Both Hospitals that you mentioned are very good. But Debbie /Marianne will always send their students to good sites(that's all we have are good sites) Good Luck in the Program you will love it. Also the clinical sites could be close to your home and I don't know the area your in. Don't worry you will do fine. I gradusted in 1999 and started working full-time 2 days after graduation. Just make sure your prereq's are done. Good luck in Mokena.

Oh....I forgot....my prereq's are done as well as all the non-DMS related classes, so I'm good to go with that...I finished up with a 3.8 and got on the Dean's honor roll, so for a mom of 2 and being busy as hell, I thought that was pretty good, did a lot of late night study sessions.

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