New Healthcare Reform’s affect on Allied Health Professions

Recently, With Obama’s Healthcare Reform Bill being signed into law, there are concerns over what this means  for the Allied Health Profession.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry will be providing the greatest number of jobs over the next ten years. 

Now that the “baby boomers” are reaching their “Golden Years,” the demand for trained healthcare professionals will be at its highest.  This influx in the older population results in an increase in other Allied Health areas such as Diagnostic Imaging, Medical records, and IT jobs that are most critical to the system.

According to SDMS News Wave,January 2010, there will be some fundamental changes occurring for the American Healthcare system.  These change include:

  1. Strong concern for Cost-effective diagnostic technology
  2. Renewed interest in the “least invasive” approach to diagnostic medicine
  3. Preferences for the most clinically efficacious, yet cost-effective diagnostic tools


With the aforementioned issues being a driving force behind reform(as cited by SDMS News Wave, January 2010) sonography acknowledges its unparalleled position within the field of medical imaging to take advantage of its fundamental aspects:

  • Clinical efficacy
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Non-ionizing
  • Real-time adjustability

Sonographers are most likely to benefit from being at the ‘right place, at the right time’ as the healthcare changes take hold within the healthcare system and the medical community.

According to, the health care industry has added more than 500,000 jobs since the start of the recession…

The healthcare support industry (such as physical therapists, physical therapists assistants, medical social workers, and home health aides) will experience a 48% growth…

Health care is forecasted to remain a key source of job growth, especially in areas such as medical records and health information technicians, registered nurses, and clinical laboratory technicians…..

Health care dominates as the fastest growing field…

…All good news for those interested in a health care career!

We will keep continue monitoring the information available on this issue as becomes accessible.

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The TRUTH: “Accredited” vs. “Non-accredited”

The TRUTH: “Accredited” vs. “Non-accredited”

 This seems to be the predominate questions among potential sonography students:  Should I attend an “accredited” program or “non-accredited” program?

Ultimately, the individual is the only one who can answer that question.  The potential student must take a few factors into consideration when making decision of which to attend. 


For a CAAHEP “Accredited” program – it is true that you can immediately sit for registry   upon graduation.

  1. Waiting lists – while it is a definite plus to be able to immediately sit for registry, most of these programs have at least a 1-2 year waiting list (in some cases, a lot longer time frame).   
  2. Tuition Costs – typically, these institutions are as much as 2-3x more than other programs offered.
  3. Program terms – unless your personal goal is to possess a BA, BS, or Masters degree, it is not necessary to complete a program for longer than 2 years when seeking an ultrasound certification.

For “Non-accredited” programs  –                               

  1. Educational background – if already holds a degree (BS, BA, or Associates Degree) in a health-related field, then upon completion of a 12-month ultrasound program + 800 clinical hours, individual can sit for the registry;  if does not have a degree as previously mentioned, then may have to take pre-requisite courses prior to OR while attending sonography training.  Once individual has completed training AND clinical rotation, then eligible to sit for CCI registry and upon passing, can sit for ARDMS certification.
  2. Tuition Costs – usually, a significant amount less than other options.
  3. Waiting Lists – NO waiting lists
  4. Program Terms – mostly 12 to 24-months long

Of course, these are just a few factors to consider when deciding on the Ultrasound program that is right for you.  The ultimate result is a JOB and while “how” you reach this goal is important, potential employers are only interested in the bottom line….”can the candidate do the job,” and “do they possess the skills necessary to accommodate position?”  As with any job interview, the candidate must sell themselves.  With the increased requirement of employers to be registered, it is important for the graduate of ANY program to be at the very least, registry eligible.  Even though a job description may include “must be registered,” it is highly unlikely that one would be denied employment if they possess the proper skills, training and is able to demonstrate such.

* Refer to:  Cardiovascular Credentialing International (, Pre-requisite #1  AND     The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS,, Pre-requisite #5.

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Hello world! Sonography training is Changing

Welcome to the new Academy of Ultrasound blog.  We are trying to change the world with a new and innovative method of training sonographers. 

That is complete didactic ultrasound training online, through reading assignments, virtual meetings with instructors, and podcasts.  Combined with this unique sonography training method, for ultrasound, we also add another unique feature and that is hands on echocardiography or vascular ultrasound training brought to you. 

Our working echocardiographers and vascular sonographers serve as our scan lab instructors.  By utilizing experienced traveling sonographers to teach our hands on portion, you are getting real world ultrasound experience, with the newest ultrasound machines, not just out of date theory and equipment.

After you complete all this sonography training, you will then enter the clinical portion of your schooling.  This clinical training can be completed at a facility in your local area.

The bottom line:  Academy of Ultrasound has devised an ultrasound program that utilizes experienced sonographers along with state of the art ultrasound equipment for their training.  This alone would place them in the upper end of the ultrasound programs available to allied health students today.  When you combine this training with online courses, scan labs that come to your local area, and clinicals being performed locally, you get a program that is starting a revolution in ultrasound training.  The benificiary of all this is not just those students looking to get into this top 10 fieldbut the employers that are getting some of the best trained and field ready echocardiographers and vascular sonographers available today.

Follow along with us for future updates, about Ultrasound training and other issues affecting sonography practitioners.


John Sheldon RVS RCS