Ultrasound Technician Schools in North Carolina (NC)

By Dianne J. Crouse | Updated On April 27, 2017

Becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer in the state of North Carolina is a smart decision. With a population of 10.04 (2015) million people and a total gross state product of $495.4 bn (2015 statistics), North Carolina is the ninth wealthiest state in terms of its gross domestic product.

North Carolina is a right to work state with relatively low taxes. Its healthy economy makes it a magnet for productive people fleeing other states that have struggling economies and higher taxes, as well as many retirees.

Sonography Education in North Carolina

Although it is common to associate diagnostic medical sonographers with obstetrics/gynecology imaging the development of a fetus in the womb there are many other diagnostic specialties that a sonographer can concentrate in.

For example, there is cardiac sonography, which images the heart and blood vessels. There is neurosonography which images the brain and nervous system. There is abdominal sonography which images the liver, kidneys, spleen and other internal structures, and there is thoracic sonography which specializes in imaging the lungs.

If you live in North Carolina or planning to move there to become a sonographer, you should be aware of the states’ ultrasound technician requirements.

Sonographers must complete either a certificate or a two year associates degree in a specialized course of study that has proper accreditation. The best accreditation to look for is a CAAHEP accredited school or program. CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) will allow you to become a fully registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS).

The cost for an education in sonography will vary from school to school. In addition to tuition fees, there are also other expenses to look at – room and board, books, lab fees, and even uniforms. While uniforms are not that expensive, they will be required when clinical rotations are necessary.

Graduation rates are relatively high for a sonography education. North Carolina boasts a number of schools with high graduation rates and sonography generally has a higher rate than many other majors.

Affording attending sonography program can be simple by applying for different scholarships and grants. One of the first steps that anyone should take is completing the FAFSA to learn about federal grants that one is eligible for. Upon completing the FAFSA, the results can also be used to help apply for different need-based scholarships. There are also scholarships directly related to sonography – including the Trudy Dubinsky Memorial scholarship and several different scholarships from the SDMS, which is the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

A List of the Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in North Carolina

Following is a list of the CAAHEP accredited institutions in North Carolina:

Greenville Technical College - Greenville, SC

Website: www.gvltec.edu

Horry Georgetown Technical College - Conway, SC

Website: www.hgtc.edu

You are encouraged to check out these schools if you are considering a career as a sonographer. It will lead to a faster and smoother road to a full time position in this lucrative field.

Salaries and Career Outlook for Sonographers in North Carolina

In 2016, the average salary for Ultrasound technologists in North Carolina was $62,490, this is lower than the national average wage for this occupation. There are approximately 1930 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers working in North Carolina, and there is an excellent projected growth rate of 33.8 percent by the year 2024. Additionally, Greenville offers one of the highest concentrations for sonography jobs in the state. Very few people are retiring from sonography simply because it is still a relatively new career field.

Its the retirees that make North Carolina an attractive venue for a sonographer. There are approximately 1.1 million retirees in North Carolina, comprising about 12% of its population. These people need health care services at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the population, and sonography plays a big part of that care.

All of the sonography specializations are needed in an aging population such as the retiree population in North Carolina. Of course, North Carolina also has many pregnant women and other individuals of all different ages who will also need the services of a sonographer.

References and Resources

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