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What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?
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Nashville has new opportunities in healthcare career training at Casa Loma College. With a variety of allied health degree programs, you can earn your education quickly and enter some of the most in-demand healthcare careers! Our Nashville Separate Education Center (SEC) provides exciting career opportunities in healthcare.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Program
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is opportunity to work in a fast-growing field of healthcare. This program enables people to work as a diagnostic medical sonographer or sonographer for short. They use imaging equipment, including soundwave technology, to image various parts of the body. These medical imaging tests, called ultrasounds, allow doctors to make medical health care decisions for patients. Sonographers are trained to acquire these images and then analyze the images to provide doctors with key data and information needed to make decisions.
Those who work as sonographers will learn how to use the equipment, gather images, and use them to help make an accurate diagnosis. To do this, they need advanced training. This often includes earning an associate’s degree, which can be completed in less than two years, and includes classes in sciences and anatomy. Students will complete hands-on training using medical sonography equipment while also obtaining clinical experience.
Once completing their education in sonography, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. This is conducted by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Those who work in this field will find key opportunities for them. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the median annual wage for someone working in this field is $75,780 a year. The organization as notes that those with an associate degree in DMS students will be in demand, with a projected growth in jobs from 2019 to 2029 of 17 percent, which is much faster than average.
Those with this degree may find employment opportunities throughout Nashville. This includes specialized private organizations, including women’s treatment programs, prenatal programs, hospitals, and medical centers. Nashville General Hospital and Curahealth Nashville are additional organizations that offer these services to patients.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Degree Program
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to doctors today. It takes individuals with advanced training to provide these skills. With a degree in MRI, individuals work closely with medical teams to gather information using powerful magnetic fields and radio waves. These images help to show damage and concerns with a patient’s organs and tissues. Through non-invasive scans of the body, doctors can diagnose people with conditions ranging from joint inflammation to tumors to liver and breast cancers. It can help with bone and tissue diagnostic screenings.
Students will need advanced education to be able to properly operate MRI equipment while also learning how to read images to determine the presence of illness, tissue damage, or other abnormalities. Students are to sit for the ARRT (MR) certification testing after completing these programs.
MRI Technologists are an important part of the medical team. They work in a range of treatment facilities, though due to the cost and size of this type of equipment, most of their work is done in a hospital setting or in larger medical facilities. TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Ascension St. Thomas Hospital Midtown, and some outpatient diagnostic centers offer this type of service.
Demand for those working in this field continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median annual wage for those with a degree in this field is $74,270. According to the agency, growth in the industry is faster than average, with an expected 7 percent growth from 2019 to 2029.
Allied Health Leadership Management Degree Program
Casa Loma College offers a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership and Management (AHLM) designed for individuals who already have experience in the field of healthcare and have earned a diploma or an associate degree. In less than one-year, our Allied Health Leadership and Management online program can further your understanding of how to provide effective leadership in your field, from facilitating staff and managing change to aiding with decision-making and assisting in conflict resolution.
The AHLM bachelor’s degree program teaches a range of topics, including health systems, policy, social issues, as well as legal and ethical issues in the healthcare industry. It also offers components of healthcare finance.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that those working as medical and health service managers earn a mean annual wage of $115,160. More so, it reports that medical and health services managers are in demand with a projected 32 percent increase in jobs from 2019 through 2029, which is much faster than average.
Healthcare managers with an AHLM degree can work in private practice but also can find employment opportunities at locations such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Harding Medical Center. Many private practices, healthcare centers, healthcare residential facilities, and others need well-trained and dedicated managers and healthcare providers. There are many opportunities in Nashville for graduates possessing a degree in Allied Health Leadership and Management, from emergency rooms and hospitals to local physician offices.
Casa Loma College – Nashville SEC location provides experienced instructors with real-world experience that want you to learn and make it a goal to bring relevant and outstanding education and training to you. Explore what a degree in healthcare can offer, especially when embracing your education from a school with over 50 years of experience helping students like you. Learn more about Casa Loma College Nashville SEC programs today.
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