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Ultrasound is a very successful profession in Canada. There are very few schools or colleges offering ultrasound technician courses in Canada. The two most known schools offering courses in ultrasound technology are Mohawk College and Michener Institute. Applicants are required to have a B.Sc. in kinesiology or other health-related field, and there are long waiting lists of people for entry to these programs. It should be noted, however, that the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography does not require an ultrasound technologist to have a B.Sc. in kinesiology or a degree or diplomas in health-related field. To get certified as an ultrasound technician, following the procedure below should allow you to practice the profession in Canada.
Complete your undergraduate education from a university or college. There is no restriction on what major do you choose for your undergraduate studies.
Find an ARDMS-certified ultrasound instructor having experience in teaching ultrasound technology. You can contact ARDMS through their website to obtain a list of these instructors in your area. Visiting the local hospital and inquiring the staff in ultrasound section will also provide you enough information on the best instructors in your area.
Contact the instructor, and get enrolled in his program. To make sure that you will have a good working relationship with the instructor, try attending a couple of classes first and make sure that the method of teaching is suitable for you.
Complete 12-month clinical/vascular experience at a clinic or a hospital. Usually, the ultrasound instructor runs his own clinic and will help you fulfill this requirement.
Pass the ARDMS exam, and you will become a licensed ultrasound technician eligible to work in Ontario.
Based in Toronto, Muhammad Cheema has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His work has appeared in EE Times, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers publications and several technology Web sites. Cheema holds a Doctor of Philosophy in electronics engineering from Université Paris-Sud in Paris, France.