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Sonography Programs in West Virginia How to Become a Sonographer in West Virginia

A sonographer is an individual who is trained to administer ultrasound tests that are used for a variety of medical purposes. Ultrasound tests can be administered to identify health and unhealthy cells, minor obstructions of the intestines or internal organs, or for pregnancies. The average ultrasound technician or sonographer in West Virginia will make approximately $75,000 a year. This salary can vary depending upon place of employment, area of specialty and experience.

The first thing that is required of all individuals who wish to become a sonographer is he or she must attend one of the accredited sonography programs in West Virginia. Before being admitted to an accredited sonography program, many schools will require that you obtain a basic college education that includes a variety of classes. Classes that are often required for students who wish to become a sonographer include anatomy, math, medical terminology and communications. These classes can sometimes be offered in addition to the classes for sonography, but can sometimes be required before admittance to the program. Once you have attended and passed the sonography program you will be eligible to take the certification examination.

The certification exam is offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. This exam will test your knowledge and understanding of the job. All employers in the state of West Virginia require that you obtain this certification. When taking the exam you will be required to receive at least a 70% on the exam in order to become a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. Your certification will be good for two years. You will be required to update your certification every two years to remain employed as a sonographer.

In addition to certification and sonography programs you may wish to consider concentrating on an area of specialty. Sonography has seven different areas of specialty. Some employers may require that you specialize in a particular area in order to gain employment. In order to receive specialization in a specific area you will be required to attend special classes that focus on that area of specialty. The classes will teach you how to properly administer ultrasounds to the area and how to communicate with the patients you will encounter. Sonographers can choose to major in a variety of areas. The more areas you specialize in the more employment opportunities that are available to you. In addition to employment opportunities, specialized sonographers tend to earn more.


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West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
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