From getting the first glimpse of a fetus to saving a life by catching an abnormality early, as a ultrasound technician, you’ll share some very special moments with your patients. Whether you’re hoping to be a general, cardiac or vascular sonographer in Canada, be prepared to spend plenty of time studying, testing and practicing before launching this rewarding career.
Post-secondary or graduate degree
Complete an ultrasound program at a college or university accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Here, you will be instructed on Canada’s National Competency Profiles, which include communication, professional responsibilities, patient assessment and care, operation of equipment, critical thinking and problem solving, workplace health and safety and imaging.
Complete and pass a written examination from the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP), Canada’s accrediting body for sonography. The exam will test your knowledge of the physical principles and techniques required in sonography.
Take and pass the CARDUP Clinical Skills Assessment test, which is a practical, multiple-choice test of your capabilities as a sonographer.
Pay the required credential and registration fees. As of November 2012, CARDUP charges a non-refundable $100 application fee, and examinations range from $200 to $300.
Maintain membership in CARDUP, as the organization provides liability insurance and proof to employers that you meet Canada’s standards for entry-level practice and are competent.
Utilize professional organizations to network and find job opportunities. The Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is an example of an organization that posts opportunities throughout Canada’s provinces. Other online resources like job boards or Service Canada can be useful in finding a position.
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