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Consider a Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Become an essential member of the medical team. Training for a technical job in the healthcare field is an ultrasound investment. Sonography is no exception. The Department of Labor provides a job outlook with impressive salaries and continued growth potential.

The Role of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 

Diagnostic medical sonographers administer patient tests in a one-on-one setting. The high-technology tests that they administer make them champions of early detection for many serious health conditions.

Sonographers are trained to use ultrasound medical technology. These devices use sophisticated, high-frequency sound waves to produce computer-driven images of organs, tissue and blood flow. Doctors interpret the information from ultrasound tests to diagnose and treat patients.

As part of your academic program, it is important that sonographers are knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, and physics. This will give you a clear understanding of the purpose of a patient’s test and what results the doctors are looking for. With this knowledge, you can make on-the-fly decisions during a test to drive better results. Here is the full scope of the responsibilities a sonographer can expect to encounter during a workday:

  • Prepare a patient for their procedure by obtaining and recording their medical history.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images.
  • Analyze if the quality and coverage of technical images to provide results that can make an accurate diagnosis.
  • Use independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings.
  • Provide an oral or written summary of the preliminary technical findings to the physician.

Areas of Specialization 

Diagnostic Medical SonographyYour career in diagnostic medical sonography can be specialized to meet your interests and job opportunities in your area. There is a recommended two-year program, but once your certification coursework is complete, you can qualify for positions that interest you by taking credentialing tests in specific concentrations.

Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are qualified for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) credentialing examinations.

All areas of sonography are covered within Center for Allied Health Education’s program, with a focus on the following specialties:

  • Obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) credentialing focuses on ultrasound testing for pregnancy imaging.
  • Abdomen credentialing is for program graduates interested in ultrasound work that captures images of a patient’s organs.

In addition, one may choose to seek work in a medical practice or facility that specializes in other areas, such as:

  • Echocardiography that studies heart and its blood flow.
  • Vascular ultrasound to test blood flow in peripheral blood vessels throughout the body.
  • Breast sonography detects cysts and tumors.
  • Musculoskeletal sonography testing that focuses on muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

Why Choose a Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography? 

  • According to the US Department of Labor, the national mean annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers is $71,750. In the New York tri-state area it’s $72,120.
  • There are many industries in which sonographers work, with medical and diagnostic laboratories having the highest concentration of employment. The average annual mean wage varies somewhat by industry:

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: $73,400

Hospitals: $71,510

Physician Offices: $69,450

Outpatient Care Centers: $82,940

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $77,940

Skilled Nursing Facilities: $75,580

  • According to the US Department of Labor, the job outlook is expected to grow an extraordinary 24% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average. It is expected that an additional 27,600 diagnostic medical sonographers will be employed during this time.

For more data from the Department of Labor:

Sonographer Occupational Employment Statistics

Sonographer Occupational Outlook Handbook

Imaging technology is expected to continue to evolve, making diagnostic medical sonography a solid career choice. CAHE offers a two-year program that is CAAHEP accredited. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Learn more about this rewarding career program online or call 718-645-3500 to speak with a representative today.

Is an Accredited Program Vital to Your Healthcare Education?

The Answers to Your Questions About Program Accreditation 

There are many different educational paths you can take to prepare for a healthcare career. You may be considering programs that deliver technical coursework, certification, licensing preparation, or a college degree. Some choices, of course, will depend upon your field of study. An important factor to consider for many educational programs is whether or not it is accredited. What role should this play in your decision? Here are some answers.

Q: What is accreditation? 


Programs or entire schools are accredited only if they meet the highest standards and requirements for the curricula they offer. This status increases its credibility. To receive accreditation, schools apply to qualified third-party organizations, who review the credentials. Only those that meet a set of agreed-upon standards will be recognized with an accredited status. Schools are periodically reviewed to ensure that standards are continually being met.

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The Diverse Role of a Medical Assistant

The wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities makes a medical assistant career appealing to many people. If you’re interested in pursuing challenging and rewarding work in healthcare, read on to see if may be a fit for you, too.

The Role of a Medical Assistant 

Medical assistants help manage the daily operations of a healthcare practice. Their day-to-day work varies, but it can be segmented into a few groups:

Client relations responsibilities include greeting and registering patients as well as handling phone calls and appointment scheduling. Medical assistants will gather patient medical history. They provide patients with information and answer their questions on procedures and medications. To effectively assist patients, the medical assistant should be a strong and clear, but compassionate communicator.

Clinical duties will depend on the facility and type of practice, but they may include taking a patient’s vital signs, performing laboratory tests and working with lab specimens, administering medication, and changing wound dressings. Accuracy and attention to detail is an overall important trait that a successful medical assistant must have.

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Advances in Medical Imaging Technology

Is Radiography the right healthcare choice for you?

Medical technology is progressing at a rapid pace, and the advancements play an ever-increasing role in health and wellness treatments. This effects many healthcare fields, and arguably one that is most impacted is radiography.

  • More accurate imaging equipment improves early detection and accurate diagnosis.
  • Precise images contribute to less invasive procedures and more targeted treatments.
  • Accurate images eliminate the need for exploratory surgery.
  • Detailed results lower patient and facility costs by reducing the number of tests and procedures needed.

Radiographers or radiologic technologists (also referred to in the field as rad techs) work with physicians and radiologists. They administer imaging tests and assist with evaluating the image results to allow for an accurate diagnosis. This makes a radiologic technologist a critical member of the healthcare team. To do the job well, a radiographer will be adept using x-ray equipment, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machinery.

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Clinical Training Perfects Your Healthcare Education

Healthcare program directors and medical professionals agree that on-site clinical training is an invaluable part of students’ educational experience. There are many job readiness benefits to be gained by perfecting your real-world skills outside of the classroom.

Bring Classroom Learning to Real Life Situations 

In clinical training settings, students get the opportunity to hone competencies by applying the targeted scientific methods studied in the classroom. Success relies on a wide range of exposure to equipment, scenarios, and patient populations.  Working alongside a health professional, you can apply learned concepts in a patient-centered environment.

Clinical programs develop partnerships with medical facility affiliates to offer experiential learning environments. Your healthcare education should provide a comprehensive selection and assortment of medical facilities to work with, so that you can choose to study in a medical center that will prepare you for a real-world career.

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Surgical Technology: Is it a Great Healthcare Career Choice for You?

There are few, if any, bad choices you can make if you’re interested in a healthcare career. And there aren’t any right or wrong answers to these questions.  It’s all about the fit. With that in mind, it’s good to determine what job will make the best use of your personality traits while making you happy and successful at your work. You will want to select a career path that will fit well into both your current lifestyle and your future professional plans. See if surgical technology is the right choice for you.

Are you always on the move?

If you’re an active person who prefers a job with varying responsibilities that keeps you on your feet rather than behind a desk, surgical technology may be a great choice. Surgical technologists take on many different tasks over the course of the day. Some include prepping operating rooms, working alongside registered nurses, sterilizing surgical tools and equipment, assisting doctors during surgery, and transporting patients to and from the OR.

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A Day in the Life of a Paramedic

Congratulations on considering a career in healthcare. And an added kudos to you for looking into becoming a paramedic. Why?

Because paramedics are very close to being superheroes.

Anyone who has ever needed help from these first responders will agree. And, unfortunately, many people find themselves or their loved ones in emergency situations that depend on the amazing work they do. But what truly makes a paramedic’s job unique is the setting in which they are required to work. Better put, there is no consistent setting. No sterilized hospital room or physician’s office. A setting may be someone’s kitchen, a park at night, a city street parade, the beach, or the front seat of a car. Rescue paramedics received extra training to help people in distress in unusual settings, such as confined spaces, heights, and unimaginable situations.

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CAHE Launches Redesigned CT and MRI Registry Prep Courses Next Month!

We are proud to announce that our very own Radiography Program Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Adair, MA, RT(R)(MR), will now be overseeing our continuing education courses. Liz has 20 years of experience in the radiology field, 15 of which she has spent as a certified MRI technologist. In additiLizon to her clinical experience, Liz has been an instructor in various accredited radiography programs. She has brought the Radiography Program at Center for Allied Health Education to a whole new level and we are confident that her leadership will do the same for our continuing education division.

As the course has been restructured, classes will now meet once a week from 6:00PM to 9:00PM and will require students to complete 1-2 hours of outside preparation. We invite graduates and non-graduates to REGISTER TODAY to take advantage of our low tuition cost for the CT and MRI Registry Prep Courses.

Please note that the MRI course begins on February 1st and has been approved for 34.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the ASRT. The CT course begins on February 7th and has been approved for 28.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the ASRT.

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