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Kim in Saint Paul, Minnesota

102 months ago

Dear Sandra in Spring Texas. If you are not registered and need to find work, the only thing I can think of is to consider looking at areas of most need or where the concentration of Ultrasound Professional is low.

Maybe you could try a clinic on an Indian Reservation, Alaska, etc...

Kim in St. Paul

tina in Norwalk, California said: you are lucky to finished alread. I've just started. any notes or imput you can help me with . I am lost in ob. please e-mail at tina521@yahoo.com
thank-you

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tamoune in Suwanee, Georgia

102 months ago

i am also attending a non-accredited ultrasound program in ga. Will it be impossible to find employment without ardms registry? is the job market tight for new graduates? this is stressing me out. any advice on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

102 months ago

Ok I'm really confused if anyone could help me it would be much appreciated. I heard that in April of this year in order for the facilities to get paid for ultrasound tests you HAVE to be registered??? How can we be registered if we can't find work. I'm going to be attending a school in May, and after I have to work for a year in order to take the registry. I don't want to get screwed I don't know what to do.

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

ALBY in Oceanside, California said: HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON ULTRASOUND SCHOOLS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR.YOUR FIRST VERY FIRST STEP IS TO GO TO "AMERICAN REGISTRY OG DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER" ( www.ardms.org )YOU CAN FIND SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA THAT ARE ARDMS APPROVED AND THE STAFF IS VERY HELPFUL,YOU CAN EVEN CALL AND SPEAK TO SOMEONE! I WENT TO SCHOOL ALSO HOWEVER,MY SCHOOL AND PROGRAM ARE ACCREDITED.ANYONE CAN TEACH YOU ANYTHING BUT IF THIER PROGRAM IS NOT ACCREDITED WITH THE BOARD OF ALLIED HEALTH THEN I WOULD TELL YOU TO PASS THAT SCHOOL UP!ALSO, WHEN U SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL...HERES WHAT THEY DONT TELL YOU! IN ORDER FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR ARDMS EXAM RIGHT WHEN YOU GRADUATE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A "B.A" OR WORK FOR A YEAR AT 32+ HOURS PER WEEK...AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE YOUR EXTERN.MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE SCHOOL FOR ALL THIS INFORMATION BEFORE SIGNING ANY PAPER WORK BECAUSE ONCE THEY HAVE YOU STUCK THEY REALLY WONT CARE! IF YOU TRULY DO WANT TO BECOME A SONOGRAPHER IT IS BEST YOU FIND A SCHOOL THAT IS ARDMS APPPROVED AND START SOON! THE PRICES FOR ULTRASOUND SCHOOL IS GETTING WAY OUT OF HAND,THE LONGER YOU WAIT THE MORE YOULL END UP PAYING!

SO WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND A PERSON TO DO IF THEY ARE already in it and soon to finish?

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

Ines in Miami, Florida said: AR, thank you so much for the comments. I did read the report, I already had a feeling it was not the right path to take. I just wanted to see with my own eyes but thanks to you I will not waste my time attending the interview I had schedule for next week.

I wish more people like you contributed with comments!

u know that is so sad because they have so many students there im talking about a full house,but u know ines what god have for u is for u and no one can take it away.

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AR in Blue Point, New York

102 months ago

Karen-
I believe that you are able to practice under a registered sonographer. In order for hospitals, and offices to get paid by insurance companies they want the sonographer to be registered....but I believe at this point you can work under a registered person...for how long I'm not sure...maybe someone working in the field right now could answer this better than I...I am going by what our program Director has told us. I do believe that in years to come all ultrasonographers will have to be registered in order to work....I think that is where this career is heading....that's why it is so important for people to attend CAAHEP schools, so they can sit for the registry right out of school and not have to wait....I know that if you have a BA you can sit for the exams without going to a CAAHEP institution but that may change one day also and not all students possess a Bachelors Degree.

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

THANKYOU FOR THAT IVE BEEN UPSET ALL DAY FROM SOME OF THE RESPONSES IVE HEARD TODAY.

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Ant410 in Westchester County, New York

102 months ago

I have been reading this forum and there seems to be alot of confusion about sitting for the registry. I'm an Ultrasound student, and we were told by the program director at our school that ARDMS did change the pre-req's to sit for the registry. Now EVERYONE has to wait a year to take the exam, regardless of whether you have a BA or not. It was changed about 5 months ago. Check the pre-req's on the website. It says it. Sorry guys.

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Kim in Palo Alto, California

102 months ago

Ant410 in Westchester's statement is correct only if do not attend an accredited school. This is pre-requisite #3A. I go to an accredited school and I have a bachelors degree and I meet the pre-requisite under #2. Therefore I do not have to wait to take my exam. I can take it immediately after I graduate. I checked the website today (www.ardms.org). I can check with my program director if you think this has changed as well.

Kim

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

Tammie in Chicago, Illinois said: As a vet in the US world, after reading these
comments and inquiries for these various schools and
programs, i am certainly glad that i chose to get
involved 15 yrs ago. At that time, my school of choice was not accredited and the cost was only $6000.00. I was lucky as a former xray tech, i was
able to get my clinical training at one of my temp
jobs as a xray tech. My advise to potential sonographers is, DON,T GIVE UP. BE PERSISTENT AND
IT WILL COME TO PASS.

P.S. I AM REGISTERED-DUE TO THE PRESSURE OF MY BOSSES

THANX FOR THAT TAMMIE THAT REALLY MADE ME FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER.

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

Dena in Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: The same thing has happened to me here in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! I just graduated, but no one wants to hire w/out experience or ARDMS, or Registry eligible! This is terrible that these schools get away with not informing us about the facts of this profession!

DENA I AGREE WITH YOU WHOLE HEARTEDLY CAUSE I FEEL THE SAME WAY THAT YOU DO.I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK CAUSE WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

Lindsay in APO said: I just want to clarify something. You don't HAVE to go to a CAAHEP accredited school to take the registry right away. If your school is at least a year long (and during that year you have FT clinicals) AND you have a Bachelors degree, OR 2 year allied health degree, you can take the registry right away. I know first hand, because I attended Southern Missouri Allied Health Education's DMS program (working on accred., but not there yet) and thanks to my Bachelor's degree I am already registered!

PRAYS THE LORD HAPPY TO HEAR SUCESS STORIES.

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SONJA in Miami, Florida

102 months ago

Sandra in Spring, Texas said: I just finished Ultrasound school in Jan. and I have not been able to find a job in Houston. The feedback I am getting is that I need to have one year experience and your clinical does not count. If no experience you must be registered. I went to a school that was not CAAHEP recognized so I would have to wait a year (working) to be able to take the registry, but I can't get a job because I don't have "experience". I really stuck! I have tried everything to get a job and no one cares!.

SANDRA THATS WHAT IM AFRAID OF.

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Ant410 in Westchester County, New York

102 months ago

Kim in Palo Alto, California said: Ant410 in Westchester's statement is correct only if do not attend an accredited school. This is pre-requisite #3A. I go to an accredited school and I have a bachelors degree and I meet the pre-requisite under #2. Therefore I do not have to wait to take my exam. I can take it immediately after I graduate. I checked the website today ( www.ardms.org ). I can check with my program director if you think this has changed as well.

Kim

So which accredidations is ARDMS looking for?

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Hjl in Dallas, Texas

102 months ago

AR in North Hampton, New Hampshire said: I believe that Jamie is correct-if you go to the ARDMS website and look under exam requirements, look at Educational Prerequisites #2. It basically says that if you have graduated from an accredited program, and by doing your clinical work through the program, you can sit for the exam. Also go to the CAAHEP website for listings of accredited programs by state. So Michael sounds like you can sit for the exam just like Jamie did!

This is why everyone is harping on going to an "accredited program".....sounds like many of the previous posters went to a Sanford Brown type school.

Jamie what school did you attend? Just curious...

I am looking into a school in Dallas Tx and saw that Sandford Brown had an accredited program. Though it's very expensive (compared to community college) I have been considering it b/c of the ability to go ahead and start. I am extremely leary b/c I am not aware of it's reputation. Do you by any chance know of it's rep?

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Tiffany in Los Angeles, California

102 months ago

I am curious if you are still reserching schools in Los Angeles? If so... we are in the same boat! I am also ans am so #$$%^^*! confused. I have visited Maric and will soon be going to West Coast to the open house. Both of which ARE NOT accrdited programs with CAAHEP. If you would like to compare notes please e-mail me at tdot.robinson@mac.com. thanks!!!

Sandra in Los Angeles, California said: I HAD NO IDEA THAT ALL THESE SCAMS WERE GOING ON...I SEEK TO BECOME AN ULTRASOUND TECHNICIAN AND ONE OF THE SCHOOLS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO IS MARIC COLLEGE HERE IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD AND IS ACCREDITED BY Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) AND ARE LICENSED TO OPERATE BY Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE)...DOES THAT COUNT???

DOES THIS ONLY APPLY FOR SONOGRAPHY OR ALL HEALTH CAREERS???
SOMEONE PLZ TELL ME!!!!

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us tech in Hillside, New Jersey

102 months ago

Guys, don't even bother with school that are not CAAHEP accredited. It's the waiste of money and your time. After the completion it will be very difficult to find a job.
My advise is go to any job search website and enter US tech. You will see, that one of the many requirements is that you must be form a CAAHEP approved school.
I'm sure there will be someone saying-oh, it's not true.
It's very difficult to get into the field without ARDMS and experience. And if you finish school that isn't CAAHEP, 80% you will not have either ARDMS nor Experience.
Skip it.

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Hjl in Plano, Texas

102 months ago

I agree that only CAAHEP school is the way to go and the two schools I was interested in are listed on the CAAHEP website. I'm just a bit skeptical of Sandford Brown b/c I haven't heard of it before I began searching.

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BjC in North, California

102 months ago

Hi Everyone, I suppose my questions are for practicing Sonographers. How many scans per day is considered the 'standard'. My hospital is wanting more outpatients done by each of us everyday.
Thanks.

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MARIA in East Brunswick, New Jersey

102 months ago

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CLASS ACTION SUIT THAT ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC SCHOOL IN ISELIN, NJ HAD AGAINST THEM BECAUSE NONE OF THE STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO GET JOBS SINCE THEY WEREN'T ACCREDITED? ANY OF THE INSTRUCTORS AROUND?

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tina in Los Angeles, California

102 months ago

hi, don,t go to the one in las angeles. I had a friend who is going there now and she is very unable happy/not newbridge either. I am here and i don,t this new teacher but I had one student who is transfering to hollewoodo but she said the one in beverly hill is good too, well I hope this help and let me know what happens. tina ,

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Brittany

102 months ago

Hi, I am interested in Sonography very much so. I'm a high school senior, therefore i don't no much about this profession yet. I was wondering what kind of courses i should take, and how do I begin to look for the right ones. And i def. don't no what all of the ARDMS and CAAHEP stuff is about. Could someone possibly explain these things breifly?

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tina in Tacoma, Washington

102 months ago

it's a good field to go in to but If you decide to go to private school, don't go to the one in la or newbridge, I've heard bad things about but the one in beverly hill is good , there all the same price . city college is good if you have the time . armds is the licency after all the class are done. private school can't take it until after one year of work, you can work but less $, city college can take the test right after the school to get the high paid.

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heidi

102 months ago

Karen in Bohemia, New York said: Im attending IAMP thats institute of allied medical professions in may. I am take the ultrasound and im very nervous now. this is an accredited school its 10 months of school and 6 months of clinical. In order for me to take the registry I have to work for one year then take my registry. This school is $25,000 and its monday-thursday 6-10pm

Hi!

I am also interested in attending this schoool. What made you pick this school over stangord brown? I am trying to decide between the two.

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

102 months ago

Do not go to Sanford Brown. I was talking to one of the ultrasound tech's I work with and she states that is a horrible school

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

102 months ago

I am most likely going to withdraw my application at I.A.M.P because it is not an CAAHEP school and you haver to wait a year to take the registry. Its horrible that when you find a good school, and you might not be able to get a job after because of that stupid registry. Im so confused myself. These other schools want you to go full time what about the people who have to work to pay their bills and pay for this school. HELP!!!!

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Charles Segovia in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

102 months ago

Dear Future Ultrasound Students:

If you would like an alternative to studying ultrasound in the US, please consider training with me. For more details on ultrasound training in abdomen and peripheral vascular ultrasound, please visit www.freewebs.com/charlessegoviaultrasound for more details. Good luck!

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Charles Segovia in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

102 months ago

To all future ultrasound students: If you are looking to learn abdominal and peripheral vascular ultrasound, please visit www.freewebs.com/charlessegoviaultrasound for more info.

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Anne in Los Angeles, California

102 months ago

I have been an ultrasound tech for 5 years now and understand what everyone is going through. This may be quite lengthy, but I hope it explains everything.

To actually get a well paying, hospital based job, you would definitely have to attend a CAAHEP approved school. If you go to most major hospital's website, on the qualification, it usually indicate that you would need to attend an "accredited" or "CAAHEP" progran. CAAHEP is an organization which accredits healthcare education programs. I attended one in a local community college (there is only 3 that are accredited in SoCal: Orange Coast Community College, Cypress Community College, Loma Linda University Hosp (private)). Everything else, as far as I know, is not accredited. The do not guarantee training and you have to spend a crazy amount (25K-35K? Unbelieveable). I paid, maybe a couple of thousands and that is including books (let me tell you, books are more expensive than the class). These accredited programs have contracts with major hospitals in the area where you can train and possibly, hire you (that is what happened to me). It is a very difficult and rewarding career.

If you go to a program that is not accredited, then you would need a bachelors degree in a science program, x-ray tech or nurse to be able to sit for ARDMS. It has gotten difficult lately, a catch 22, you would need 3 yrs of hospital experience to be able to sit for the boards but no hospital will hire if you can not sit in under a year (here, it is 6 months). It is because a lot of the imaging labs are accredited and by being accredited by the ACR, all techs would need to be ARDMS within 1 year, if not, they lose accreditation or will fire you.

If you are ambitious, try a bachelor's degree program like Oregon Tech Institute. They are not accredited but since they are a bachelor's degree program, they can get away from being accredited. A lot of this info is on the ARDMS.ORG website. Good Luck!

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Anne in Los Angeles, California

102 months ago

ARDMS is American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
www.ARDMS.org

CAAHEP is Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program
www.CAAHEP.org

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Mary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

102 months ago

I am presently a student at the Institute of Medical Ultrasound in Atlanta, although I live in Philly. I was referred to the schol by a past graduate who informed me that over 95% of their graduating students passed the RDMS exam on their 1st attempt.

I have been a student for 6 months and am very impressed by the quality of the course work, all of which is online.

If an online lecture and education is not to "cyber" for you, I would suggest you get more infromation from them.

Good luck whatever you do.

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MJ in Colorado Springs, Colorado

102 months ago

I have AAS-Medical Assistant degree and looking for a school for Ultrasound. I found "Southwestern Community College- Sylva - Sylva, NC" under CAAHEP's Newly accredited school. Anyone knows about this school? Please give me some information.

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manzi in Bloomingdale, Illinois

102 months ago

Hi guys,
I graduate my Ultrasound school and i need to register for license exam. Can anybody tell me the site where i can register.
Thanks in Advance!

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heidi

102 months ago

Karen in Bohemia, New York said: I am most likely going to withdraw my application at I.A.M.P because it is not an CAAHEP school and you haver to wait a year to take the registry. Its horrible that when you find a good school, and you might not be able to get a job after because of that stupid registry. Im so confused myself. These other schools want you to go full time what about the people who have to work to pay their bills and pay for this school. HELP!!!!

Im sorry to hear that. Its great that you are getting the information now before starting. I have my BA so I will try to take the test right after. My question is how did you hear about the school (IAMP)? Word of mouth? Did you hear mostly positive or negative criticism? If you want an accredited school in NYC, look at Suny downstate, LIU, and NYU. Good luck!

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tamoune in Suwanee, Georgia

102 months ago

if anyone attend iamp please let me know any information on that school. i hear negative and positive things regarding thier ultrasound program. please give your advice about the school and their programs. i heard they are in the process of accrediation. any input will be greatly appreciated

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

102 months ago

I googled Ultrasound schools and that school poped up I didn't hear anything negative. Thats good you have your ba. You should get in a.s.a.p it starts in May. The number is 1-212-758-1809. I just applied to molloy and I gonna apply to LIU.

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

102 months ago

The IAMP school is accredited but not CAAHEP accredited so you have to wait a year to take the registry exam.

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hjl in Dallas, Texas

101 months ago

Has anyone attended Washburn University for sono?

Just curious if anyone has had first hand experience w/thier program.

Thanks!

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Shereen in Hollywood, Florida

101 months ago

Dena in Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: I am in the exact same boat! I just graduated last week, but I am having the same issues! No experience, no job! No job, no ARDMS in 12 months! What the heck? $35,000 on a school that didn't inform me of this crap! What can be done?

Hi where did you go to School in Fort lauderdale cuz im thinking of checking out ATI and Everest but if there are no jobs ava and u have to get other accreditations then is it worth it. Cuz I know the corse cost $35,000....i was looking into ECHO (cardio) sonographer as well as medical dignostic sonographer

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Shelly in Tonganoxie, Kansas

101 months ago

JAMIE in Huntington Station, New York said: Volunteer! Read your books and notes from school, if you don't volunteer you will lose all your skills and when the time comes where you actually get an interview and they ask you to scan then what? Trust me, if you can't do it at your old school, find the hospital you want o work for and tell them you want to come in a few hours a week to keep your skills up to par and if you get in good over there, maybe they will hire you eventually, that is what happened to me. I volunteered for 3 months while I tried to get other jobs and finally they created a position for me. I started out with weekends, then got about 10 hrs per week and weekends then I started working somewhere else too, cuz once your in it's easier to get hired, and right now I am trying to get a full time position. It took me 2 years so hang in there and try to stay positive and motivated and most hospitals will not turn away free help.
Jamie

I just stumbled across this site and am wondering what all this is about? I am a registered ultrasound tech since 2001 and am wondering if the ARDMS prerequisits have been changed? This sounds ludacris to me! I went to a 1 year hospital based program that combined classroom and clinicals for a total of 40 hours per week. It was not accredited at the time. I was elligable to sit for 5 of the ARDMS boards upon graduation. And who is the CAAHEP? Never heard of them. If this is the kind of treatment potential ultrasound students/techs are getting, it is an outrage! This is a highly respected profession and in my part of the country we are just coming out of a severe technologist shortage that left most of us in the city with more work than could ever possibly be done. Not too many years ago, all the hospitals in the area were short staffed in ultrasound. It's terrible to know that there are people out there wanting to join the profession and being treated this way. I've never needed a degree, only my ARDM

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Shelly in Tonganoxie, Kansas

101 months ago

Shereen in Hollywood, Florida said: Hi where did you go to School in Fort lauderdale cuz im thinking of checking out ATI and Everest but if there are no jobs ava and u have to get other accreditations then is it worth it. Cuz I know the corse cost $35,000....i was looking into ECHO (cardio) sonographer as well as medical dignostic sonographer

$35,000? You have to be kidding! I think the highest going rate in my area right now MAY be $10,000. I went to school in 2000. ( A while back, I know but still.) I think I only paid $5,000 and that included books and tuition.

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Shelly in Tonganoxie, Kansas

101 months ago

Karen in Bohemia, New York said: Ok I'm really confused if anyone could help me it would be much appreciated. I heard that in April of this year in order for the facilities to get paid for ultrasound tests you HAVE to be registered??? How can we be registered if we can't find work. I'm going to be attending a school in May, and after I have to work for a year in order to take the registry. I don't want to get screwed I don't know what to do.

Im a registered US tech since 2001 and am still trying to figure out what the problem with these schools listed and sitting for the registry is? It doesn't make any sense that you should have to work for an entire year after graduation before siiting for your boards. Unless these schools are not including any "hands on" scanning time ( we've always called that clinicals). If that is the case here's a little advise for anyone entering the profession- DO NOT EVER ATTEND a school that ONLY teaches in the classroom and out of books! This can only be learned by doing it and doing it often! You also need the classroom education, but you cannot learn to scan anything without actually practicing it (a lot) yourself. If someone could explain to me better what the problems being elligable to sit for the ARDMS boards have been, I would appreciate it. I have people ask me for advice and would not want to steer them wrong.

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dmg in Hollywood, Florida

101 months ago

tamoune in Suwanee, Georgia said: if anyone attend iamp please let me know any information on that school. i hear negative and positive things regarding thier ultrasound program. please give your advice about the school and their programs. i heard they are in the process of accrediation. any input will be greatly appreciated

WOW! I was looking at your rates and they are very HIGH. $200 a day. Too much my friend.

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Maximus in Arlington, Virginia

101 months ago

I just happen to come across this website today and found a good number of topics very interesting, especially regarding program accreditation. I think there are two very important questions you need to ask yourself before thinking about sonography for an education and career. First, do you really enjoy dealing with complex equipment, caring for sick patients, and being persistent in obtaining diagnostically good quality images or are you more interested in how much money you could possibly make? To make ultrasound a good fit you need to have the right kind of personality - patience, persistence, critical analysis, dedication, and technical expertise. It may be helpful to take placement tests to see if your personality is geared towards a technical/diagnostic field instead of trying to make yourself fit then being frustrated with the outcome.

Secondly, if you have all the makings of a good sonographer please do your research before choosing a school. Don't be fooled by the fact the program is accredited. Be informed by asking current students and graduates from the program their feelings regarding instructors, program director and clinical coordinator. These individuals are critically important to your success. Learn how to work with them as they are your most valuable resource. Before entering the program find out the # of first pass registered students and if the graduates are getting and keeping jobs in the field. Moreover, talk with employers in your area to get feedback about the program and the students coming from the program. They may have a different perception. Lastly, if you feel the program you are in has mislead you or did not provide you with ample opportunity to develop your skills there is another avenues where you can file a complaint with the JRC-DMS or CAHEEP. Check out their website www.jrcdms.org for more information.

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Olumofin DJ in Sterling, Virginia

101 months ago

How are jobs like in california...i lived in escondido for like 5 yrs before moving to DC of US school...

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Maximus in Arlington, Virginia

101 months ago

Olumofin DJ in Sterling, Virginia said: How are jobs like in california...i lived in escondido for like 5 yrs before moving to DC of US school...

DJ You know I will help you with positions. You are an excellent quality student and I, as your coordinator will do the most to help you with your job prospects. We can talk about options later in the program.

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lostnconfused in Columbus, Mississippi

101 months ago

Maximus in Arlington, Virginia said: I just happen to come across this website today and found a good number of topics very interesting, especially regarding program accreditation. I think there are two very important questions you need to ask yourself before thinking about sonography for an education and career. First, do you really enjoy dealing with complex equipment, caring for sick patients, and being persistent in obtaining diagnostically good quality images or are you more interested in how much money you could possibly make? To make ultrasound a good fit you need to have the right kind of personality - patience, persistence, critical analysis, dedication, and technical expertise. It may be helpful to take placement tests to see if your personality is geared towards a technical/diagnostic field instead of trying to make yourself fit then being frustrated with the outcome.

Secondly, if you have all the makings of a good sonographer please do your research before choosing a school. Don't be fooled by the fact the program is accredited. Be informed by asking current students and graduates from the program their feelings regarding instructors, program director and clinical coordinator. These individuals are critically important to your success. Learn how to work with them as they are your most valuable resource. Before entering the program find out the # of first pass registered students and if the graduates are getting and keeping jobs in the field. Moreover, talk with employers in your area to get feedback about the program and the students coming from the program. They may have a different perception. Lastly, if you feel the program you are in has mislead you or did not provide you with ample opportunity to develop your skills there is another avenues where you can file a complaint with the JRC-DMS or CAHEEP. Check out their website www.jrcdms.org for more information.

Thank you. So many need to read your comment before they proceed.

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Maximus in Arlington, Virginia

101 months ago

Karen, Was your school accredited? You may not be aware that all accredited schools through JRCDMS require students have a predetermined number of clinical clock hours. Although JRC doesn't specifically state the exact number of hours the registring body ARDMS recommends(1680) for each concentration in order to sit for registry boards. Some programs may be accredited with less than 1680 but from my experience these individuals are rarely deemed "entry-level" for employment. This doesn't mean some employers are willing to chance on you providing you seek credentially within one year however, from what I've seen in the DC metropolitan area many new graduates are losing their jobs. In part, because they wait too long after graduation to sit for the boards. I'm not sure if they just get too busy to study thinking that by doing they will be better able to pass the boards or forget what they have learned in class. At any rate, the best advice I can give you is take the boards immediately before or at the time of graduation. This may not necessarily equal immediate employment but once you get your foot in the door by volunteering or being a traveler it does provide more leverage.

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Minelly (Sanford Brown Ft Lauderdale) in Raleigh, North Carolina

101 months ago

I graduated in November 2006 and still cant get a job in echo because like many of you know I went to a non accredited school and I dont have the year experience that they require to sit for the ARDMS. It is very pathetic that when you go to apply to a school they dont inform you that. Cant the goverment do anything about this? Why would the goverment allow these school to teach under these circumstances? Is there anything I could do? I'm stuck with more than 30K loans that I cant afford to pay right now. I hate Sanford Brown Institute in Fort Lauderdale dont go there.They lure you in by telling you how much money you would make after you finish school and that they had 98% of hiring success. Everything is false. Could I sue them? If somebody has an answer or a JOB in Raleigh, NC please HELP.

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Karen in Bohemia, New York

101 months ago

I withdrew my entrance for the institute of allied medical professions school because after I graduate I would've had to wait a year to take the exam. It stinks but I applied for Molloy and I waiting to hear back from them.. I hate this all schools should just be accredited all these students are not able to get a job :(

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