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Sonographers use nonionizing, high-frequency sound waves to image portions of the human body to assist physicians in making diagnoses. They work in hospitals, clinics, labs, and outpatient centers.

Sonography Careers

Technologists working in sonography direct sound waves into the body, which reflect echoes and form an image. They may specialize in a variety of fields, including Breast Sonography and Vascular Sonography. ARRT certification and registration is voluntary, but certification and registration in sonography may help those seeking a career in sonography.

ARRT doesn't provide a list of job postings within the profession. However, sonographers seeking a position may want to check the ASRT JobBank or the SDMS Job Board.

Sonography Schools

To become eligible for ARRT certification and registration in sonography via the primary pathway (see below), candidates must complete an educational program accredited by a mechanism recognized by the ARRT and that includes instruction in the healthcare setting as well as in the classroom. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all primary pathway candidates for certification and registration in Sonography must also have earned an academic degree before becoming certified and registered.

Sonography Certification and Registration

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers both primary and post-primary pathways to Sonography certification and registration as part of its mission to recognize qualified individuals in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and interventional procedures. To be eligible for ARRT Sonography certification and registration, via the primary pathway, candidates must complete an educational program accredited by an ARRT-recognized mechanism, meet ethics requirements, and pass the ARRT certification and registration examination in sonography. To be eligible for ARRT Sonography certification and registration via the post-primary pathway, candidates must meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and already hold ARRT certification and registration in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), Radiation Therapy, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Registration in sonography through ARDMS is also accepted.

Annual renewal of certification and registration is required to maintain the ARRT credential.

Sonography Continuing Education (CE)

Once certified and registered in sonography, Registered Technologists (R.T.s) must complete 24 Category A or A+ continuing education (CE) credits (16 credits of which must be sonography-related) each biennium — a two-year period that begins at the start of his or her birth month following initial certification and registration. For example, an R.T. with an October birthday passes the Sonography exam in March; his or her biennium would begin the October following the exam. Any credits earned between March and October, before the biennium start date, would not count toward ARRT’s CE requirements. For more information, check out the Continuing Education Requirements.

Technologists already certified and registered in a discipline who become certified and registered in additional disciplines maintain their original CE reporting schedule based upon their initial certification and registration. The continuing education requirement is 24 credits, regardless of the number of ARRT certificates held by a registrant. Technologists who become certified and registered in sonography within a biennium meet the CE requirement for that biennium.

Looking for CE credits? Check out ARRT’s online CE search tool.

In addition, any certifications and registrations earned in any category beginning January 1, 2011, are time limited to 10 years, at which time R.T.s will need to demonstrate continued qualifications as part of the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR).

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