Ultrasound Technician Schools in Missouri (MO)

By Dianne J. Crouse | Updated On April 28, 2017.

Missouri might be known as the “show me” state, but it is also known for so much more. It has the peaceful Lake of the Ozarks, an active Army base, the exciting big city of St. Louis, and much more. Despite having a large rural area, the healthcare system is working hard at delivering its services to its population. And Ultrasound Technicians will be instrumental in the state’s ability to success.

Sonography Education in Missouri

Certificates in cardiac sonography, general sonography and vascular sonography can be earned at one of the five CAAHEP accredited Ultrasound Technician schools in Missouri.

Various types of sonography programs are offered. The diploma certificate, which takes one year to complete is offered at community colleges and technical schools. The most common is an associate’s degree, which takes two years to complete and then there is the bachelor’s degree, which takes a total of four years to complete – on average and these are earned at a college or university. Additional technical schools are available across the state as well as online to make it easier for students to get the necessary education in sonography to then pursue the different career opportunities.

Regardless of your degree choice, upon graduation students are encouraged to pursue the ARDMS credential. ARDMS registration will show employers that you have mastered the required sonography knowledge and skills.

The cost for sonography education in Missouri can vary from school to school. Higher tuition fees are charged by some of the larger schools around the state – such as private universities. The tuition itself is what is included in the range. There are may also be other fees including books, lab fees, room and board, and uniforms for when clinical rotations take place.

Many students will graduate from the Missouri sonography schools. Ultrasonography has one of the higher graduation rates in comparison to other degree programs. Affording Missouri sonography schools is relatively simple as well because there are different scholarships and grants available. It can be very advantageous to apply for the FAFSA from the United States Department of Education because federal grants may be available. Additionally, there are scholarships available from the Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship and even the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Salary and Job Outlook for Sonographers in Missouri

The average salary earned in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for a sonographer in Missouri is $69,580 a year. There are approximately 1,290 sonographers working in Missouri and figures project an increase in jobs of 21.4 percent between 2014-2024.

As technology continues to expand within this career field, more and more sonographers are being required. All it takes for anyone to become involved in the field is getting a certificate or degree. Some states will also require credentials from the ARDMS, which includes continuing education credits every two years.

List of the Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in Missouri

Cox College - Springfield, MO [coxcollege.edu]

Hillyard Technical Center - St. Joseph, MO [hillyardtech.com]

St. Louis Community College - St. Louis, MO [stlcc.edu]

St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - Kansas City, MO [saintlukeshealthsystem.org]

University of Missouri-Columbia - Columbia, MO [missouri.edu]

References and Resources

Employment Figures and Salaries courtesy of US Dept. of Labor and Projections Central.