The diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) profession is a multi-specialty field comprised of DMS, diagnostic cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and other emerging fields. Sonographers practice a form of medical imaging that uses complex high frequency sound waves and Doppler computerized equipment to visualize differences between healthy tissues and pathologic areas of the body, evaluate vascular flow information, and document pathologic and other conditions.
Students spend two years completing the general education and prerequisite courses. Students wishing to apply for this degree should apply by February 1, prior to the fall semester entry. After admission to the secondary selective program, students complete two more years of full-time professional coursework in one of the following areas: general (abdominal and obstetrics/gynecology), adult and pediatric echocardiography, or adult echocardiography and vascular sonography.
Students study a variety of topics that include:
Sonographers are in demand and find employment in a variety of settings, including clinics and physician offices, traveling ultrasound services, research institutions, and hospitals.
“The program gave me professional insight into all different aspects of sonography, and prepared me for virtually any work environment, whether hospital-based or outpatient care.”