About the Program

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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 47 semester credits of prerequisite courses and 73 credits of program course work for a total of 120 credits.

The program also has an online Bachelor of Science Degree Completion 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.

Two Tracks

There are two entry points for applicants to the DMS program.

  1. Traditional Program: Applicants may be accepted if they have completed all 47 credits of prerequisite course work.  Senior students will select one of two areas of concentrations in either vascular sonography or adult echocardiography.  The 47 credits of prerequisite courses plus the 73 credits of professional courses equals the 120 credits requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  2. B.S. Degree Completion: Applicants who are certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) may be accepted into the online B.S. Degree Completion track if they have completed all 88 credits of prerequisite course work.  A minimum of one visit to the UAMS campus is required during the first year in the program.
    1. ARDMS certification.
    2. 88 prerequisite credits transferred from any regionally accredited college or university, including:
      1. A minimum of 47 credits of specific liberal arts and science courses.
      2. 41 credits of electives; 13 credits of which must be upper level (3000 or 4000) electives. The upper level electives may be completed concurrently at UAMS or transferred from any 4-year regionally accredited college or university.
    3. The 88 prerequisite credits plus 32 credits in the B.S. Degree Completion track equals a total of 120 credits required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Of the 120 credits, a minimum of 40 credits must be upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Written and oral communication