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.  


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.

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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.

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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. 

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.

Structured Education Requirements
This document outlines the education requirements if you're using the postprimary eligibility pathway. 

Examination Content Specifications
This document outlines the topics that appear on our Sonography exams.

Task Inventory
This document lists the job responsibilities typically required of technologists working in Sonography. 

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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. 


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.