Ultrasound Technician Schools in Tennessee (TN)

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

There are a number of benefits to living in Tennessee. There is a relatively low cost of living, downward trajectory unemployment rate and just breathtakingly stunning surroundings. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws in a number of tourists each year and recreation is available around every corner. Healthcare is of the utmost importance throughout the state and all medical establishments are now taking advantage of ultrasound equipment to provide better diagnoses for patients. This leads to more people entering ultrasound technician schools in Tennessee.

Sonography Education in Tennessee

At the time of writing there are six sonography schools in Tennessee with accredited diagnostic medical sonography programs for people to choose from. Of these schools, Baptist Memorial College of Health Science being one of top sonography schools and Volunteer State Community College being one of the top community colleges. A community college is likely going to offer only a certificate program. These take about 12 months to complete and are the minimum form of formal education to enter the workforce as graduate sonographer in the state.

Other community colleges and some state universities are also going to offer an associate’s degree and these take about two years to complete (4 semesters). Some students will also choose to spend another two years in school to obtain a bachelor’s degree in sonography, which can result in even more job opportunities because of more in-depth knowledge pertaining to human anatomy and instrumentation.

The average cost of education is going to vary from institution to institution. At the time of writing, Volunteer State Community College state on their website that the approximate cost for their DMS Program is $3,800 AND that figures does not include the cost of tuition, insurance, travel costs to and from clinical sites. The higher tuition is typically found at four year colleges and universities. On top of this amount, there are also books, lab fees and room/board should a person want to stay on campus.

The graduation rate for sonographers is typically around 90 percent though it can vary from school to school. The graduation rate is higher than many other majors, even in the medical field.

Scholarships and grants are available to keep the cost of a sonography education affordable. These do not have to be paid back and thus reduces the amount of money that has to be paid out of pocket. Federal grants can be applied for after completing the FAFSA. There are also scholarships that are need-based, merit-based as well as those based upon gender and race. Additionally, the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers scholarships and there are other scholarships for sonographers as well – such as the Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship.

Upon graduation from a DMS training program students can obtain national certification and be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations.

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Tennessee

Baptist Memorial College of Health Science - Memphis, TN

Chattanooga State Community College - Chattanooga, TN

Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare - Memphis, TN

South College-Knoxville - Knoxville, TN

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Volunteer State Community College - Gallatin, TN

Career Outlook for Sonographers in Tennessee

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a sonographer technician in Tennessee is $60,710 a year. This is slightly under the median salary across the country and this is mainly due to the low cost of living associated with living in TN. The north-central area of the state is considered to be one of the highest paying areas, which can lead to a higher salary overall. Salaries can vary by the type of degree that one has, the amount of experience they have in sonography and where they choose to work – such as a hospital versus a private practice.

The job outlook for sonographer technician in Tennessee is very good. Growth is significant around the country for sonographers and Tennessee is no different. Job growth in TN alone is projected at 52 percent over 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As technology continues to increase, more doctors will take advantage of ultrasound equipment to diagnose patients and sonographers will continue to be in high demand.

Employment opportunities are plentiful with graduates being able to find work in various medical establishments ranging from: hospitals, clinics, physician offices and outpatient imaging centers.

Many ultrasound machines are more affordable. This allows doctors to use them in their own practices instead of relying on labs and hospitals to provide them with diagnostic results. Many machines are also more mobile, which means they can be used by more doctors – and even veterinarians are using them more often with larger animals, such as horses.

With many sonography schools in Tennessee to choose from, people are able to seek a quality education in order to work within the industry. All it takes is a certificate to get started.

References and Resources

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