Working as a Sonographer
Sonography is a rewarding career path with a range of areas in which to specialize. Sonographers (also known as ultrasound technologists) work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and diagnostic clinics.
As a sonographer, you’ll operate specialized equipment, using nonionizing, high-frequency sound waves to create images of a patient’s internal organs and tissues. You’ll perform the procedures for a variety of purposes—including creating images of an unborn child.
With ARRT credentials in Sonography, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to provide the highest levels of patient care. You’ll also have the skills to capture the best possible ultrasound images.
EARN ARRT CREDENTIALS IN SONOGRAPHY
The purpose of ARRT certification and registration in Sonography is to recognize individuals who are qualified to perform the role of a sonographer. To earn ARRT certification and registration in this discipline, you'll either use our primary eligibility pathway or our postprimary eligibility pathway. Whether you're a student, looking for educational programs, or already an R.T., below are the resources you'll need to get started.
REVIEW OUR REQUIREMENTS
Earning ARRT certification and registration is challenging, yet very achievable. It will take time and commitment—but your hard work will pay off. Learn more about the requirements you'll need to meet along the way, including those in education, ethics, and examination.
READ THESE DOCUMENTS
Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements
This document explains the coursework and clinical procedures that you'll need to complete if you use the primary eligibility pathway.
- Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements—through December 31, 2018
- Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements—effective January 1, 2019
Clinical Experience Requirements
This document explains the type and quantity of clinical procedures you'll need to complete if you use the postprimary eligibility pathway.
- Clinical Experience Requirements—through December 31, 2018
- Clinical Experience Requirements—effective January 1, 2019
Structured Education Requirements
This document outlines the education requirements if you're using the postprimary eligibility pathway.
- Structured Education Requirements—through December 31, 2018
- Structured Education Requirements—effective January 1, 2019
Examination Content Specifications
This document outlines the topics that appear on our Sonography exams.
- Examination Content Specifications—through December 31, 2018
- Examination Content Specifications—effective January 1, 2019
This document lists the job responsibilities typically required of technologists working in Sonography.
LEARN HOW TO APPLY
The application process for ARRT certification and registration in Sonography has many detailed steps—but don't worry. We have a range of resources to guide you. Start by reviewing an overview of the application process and downloading our one of our application handbook below.
QUESTIONS? WE'RE HERE TO HELP.
If you have questions about eligibility, our requirements, or applying, we're here to help. Contact us at 651.687.0048, ext. 8560.
If you're an R.T., you can find additional resources by logging into your online account and selecting "Pursue Postprimary" from the Complete Business tab.
If you're not an R.T., but you hold a credential in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), or Sonography from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and are interesting in pursing a Sonography credential from ARRT, complete and submit an online account access form to get started.