Ultrasound Technician Schools in Montana (MT)

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

Montana’s health care industry has been thriving last few years greatly contributing to the state’s economy. This has resulted in an increase in job creation particularly within the healthcare system meaning sonographers can play a critical role in delivering affordable and non-invasive services to a diverse population.

Sonography Education in Montana

To become a Sonographer, students will have to complete a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to ensure ample employment opportunities. These accredited programs prepare students to sit the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) credentialing exams and enter the medical sonography field. The accreditation ensures the program is of high-quality and meets the stringent standards required by the health care field.

There are currently no accredited sonography programs offered in Montana and as already mentioned, aspiring professionals who want to enter this career should make this a priority when it comes to school selection since this facilitates attaining the professional credentials through ARDMS.

Luckily there are other options available to those living in Montana to help them attain sonography certification. The first option is to attend a distance learning school that delivers the curriculum online and the second option is to attend a school in a nearby state.

The most common program offered is a certificate program in sonography. These typically take about 12 months to finish and can get you started within the career field relatively quickly. Some of the technical schools and community colleges will also offer an associate’s degree (A.S.) in sonography. These degrees take about two years to complete and can result in more career opportunities. A bachelor’s degree is also available in sonography and these typically take four years to complete.

The cost for attending sonography program will depend on the school establishment. For example, a community college or technical school is going to be the least expensive whilst a state university will have higher tuition fees – with books, lab fees, and uniforms costing additional money – and room/board even more for those who want to stay on campus.

There are scholarships and grants available that can help lower the cost. One scholarship to apply for is the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography scholarship. Others to apply for include those offered by the individual colleges as well as federal grants offered by the U.S. government.

Online Diagnostic Medical Sonography Schools

There are three CAAHEP accredited schools that offers sonography programs via distance learning.

• Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas) [washburn.edu]
• Jackson College (Jackson, Michigan) [jccmi.edu]
• University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) [wisc.edu]

Bordering States with Sonography Schools

Those that are eager in pursuing this career, can travel to nearby states and attain sonography certification. Check out our resources pages for a list of CAAHEP-accredited schools:

Idaho Sonography Schools
South Dakota Sonography Schools
Wyoming Sonography Schools

Salary for Ultrasound Technicians in Montana

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that the median salary for an ultrasound technician in Montana is $73,720. This is slightly higher than what the median salary is across the country. For those who work in the Metropolitan cities, salaries may be slightly higher – and those who have a bachelor’s degree may even be able to earn a higher salary.

Not many people are retiring from sonography right now and that’s because it’s still a relatively new career field. While sonography has been around for decades, it is just beginning to be used by a variety of different medical fields. Prior to the past decade or so, it was typically only used by OBGYNs to check on the status of the fetus. With all of the new technology, more doctors are learning about how they can use these diagnostic tools and more sonographers are needed to help doctors with running the different tests.

All it takes is a person to attend one of the sonography schools in Montana to get started in a career as a sonographer. There are opportunities throughout the state – especially in the metropolitan areas such as Helena.

References and Resources Employment
Figures and Salaries courtesy of US Dept. of Labor