Ultrasound Technician Schools in Oklahoma (OK)

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

Oklahoma is an eclectic state where old west history meets urban style. There are a number of different benefits to living and working in this state found in the middle of the country. Hospitals and other medical facilities around the state and in Oklahoma City (OKC) are using new technology and new techniques to offer a better level of health care. Aspiring Diagnostic Medical Sonography students are going to Oklahoma sonography schools in order to become an ultrasound technician and will find OKC is an exciting place to live.

Sonography Education in Oklahoma

At the time of writing this article there are four accredited CAAHEP ultrasound technician schools available throughout Oklahoma. Completing an accredited course an important distinction for eligibility for the best employment opportunities available. Another benefit of attending an accredited program Is that graduates would have the skills and knowledge required to earn ARDMS registration.

Students can earn a certificate program that takes 12 months to complete or an associate’s degree that takes two years to complete. There are also different technical schools and community colleges around the state where a person can get an education in sonography.

Some schools will also offer a bachelor’s degree in sonography. The advantage to obtaining a bachelor’s degree is that there is more in-depth knowledge provided about human anatomy, physiology, and instrumentation. This can ensure that a person is well-versed in all areas of the body and can work with a variety of different doctors when it comes to diagnosing patients. The graduation rate for sonography is relatively high – especially when compared to other majors.

The cost for an education in Oklahoma can vary by school. The school, the degree program and other factors like room and board and books need to be considered when determining how much it will cost to become a sonographer.

There are a variety of scholarships and grants that can make it more affordable to get an education. These are free to apply for and are free money toward tuition, books and in some instances, room and board. The Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a big one to check out for scholarships. Other students have applied for the Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship amongst others to receive financial assistance.

The Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in Oklahoma

The following schools offer a range of accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate, A.S and Bachelor degree programs.

Moore Norman Technology Center - Norman, OK

Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa Community College - Tulsa, OK

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Oklahoma City, OK

There other accredited medical sonography programs offered in excellent schools in nearby states in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas  that you may also want to check out.

Career Outlook for Sonographers in Oklahoma

Growth is an important thing to look at when determining career outlook. In sonography, there is a significant amount of growth – 21 percent when looking at what is calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to occur over the next 10 years through to 2024 in Oklahoma alone. This demonstrates job stability.

In May 2016, there were 900 employed sonographers in Oklahoma and the average annual salary for the state was $66,470. This is a little bit less than what the median salary is for ultrasound technicians in the country. Oklahoma also has a low cost of living and the real estate is relatively low as well, ensuring that a person’s salary is stretched further. The salary that a person actually receives may vary from city to city as well as be based upon education and experience.

Technology is allowing more opportunities to exist across the country. Technology is what makes more systems possible and more doctors able to afford ultrasound machines. 3D and 4D systems have been used in a variety of areas of medicine, which enables doctors from all medical fields to benefit from diagnostic medical sonography.

For those who want to enter the medical field but do not want to become doctors, sonography is a great opportunity. All it takes is attending a sonography school in Oklahoma to become an ultrasound technician and work with physicians throughout the state.

References and Resources

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