About the Profession
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a specialized area of diagnostic imaging and the diagnostic medical sonographer is an integral part of the health care team. DMS is a specialized, non-invasive technique that utilizes high frequency ultrasound waves with appropriate detectors and display apparatus to produce diagnostic images of internal organs and structures. The diagnostic medical sonographer provides patient services using sonographic equipment in consultation with the physician. The sonographer assists the physician in gathering pertinent anatomical, physiological, and/or pathological sonographic data and images necessary to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.
Sonographers must demonstrate a high degree of motivation and good judgment and be able to work independently. The sonographer must work well with other health care professionals in providing quality service to the patient and must demonstrate empathy and ethical behavior in the practice of the profession.
Employment opportunities are available throughout the State of Arkansas and the nation in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and industry. Suitably qualified educators, researchers, and administrators are also needed. The national demand for sonographers continues to exceed the supply of graduates. Due to this shortage of well-trained sonographers, some employers are now offering sign-on bonuses and assistance with paying student loans.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at UAMS is unique in that it offers the only Bachelor of Science (BS) degree specific to sonography in the state of Arkansas. In addition, faculty use a very student-centered approach in the classroom, scanning laboratories, and in clinic in order to ensure students have an exceptional educational experience while they are enrolled in the program.
Applicants from Northwest and Southwest Arkansas can be admitted into the program and, after the first two semesters in Little Rock (fall and spring), can be assigned to clinical sites closer to their homes.
Please contact Lyndsay Johnson with the College of Health Professions Welcome Center (http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/prospective-students/academic-advising/) to arrange an academic advising session and to set up a tour of the DMS program and the sonography department at the UAMS hospital.
Click here to access the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook description of the profession of sonography.
Click here to access the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography “Careers” webpage.
Click here to access the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography “Careers in Sonography” webpage.
Click here to access the UltrasoundJOBS.com website for the latest list of jobs available throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries.