About the Programs
Bachelor of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sonographers with a bachelor’s degree enjoy more opportunities for career advancement and are eligible to enroll in advanced educational programs for master’s and doctoral degrees. The diagnostic medical sonography program is a full-time program with a cohort of 12 students beginning each fall semester. It consists of four fall/spring semesters with one intervening summer session. The program’s mission, goals, and competencies/learning outcomes can be found on the department website.
The program requires successful completion of 48 semester credits of prerequisite courses and 72 credits of program course work for a total of 120 credits.
The program also has an online Career Ladder track for ARDMS-certified sonographers who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. No additional clinical education is required.
Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies the student to apply for state, regional, and national examinations for licensure.
To earn these credentials, candidates must pass the following American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations:
- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS): Sonography Principles and Instrumentation AND Abdomen, OR Obstetrics & Gynecology.
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT): Sonography Principles and Instrumentation AND Vascular Technology.
- Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS): Sonography Principles and Instrumentation AND Adult Echocardiography
Successful completion of the program does not ensure registration. Each student is responsible for familiarizing himself/herself with the applicable registration requirements. See: www.ARDMS.org.
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Leadership and professionalism
- Written and oral communication