Diagnostic Medical Sonography

CUW’s Sonography program combines the technical skills and compassion you’ll need in this rapidly evolving field. You’ll study two years of liberal arts core classes on campus and then continue your professional training at an accredited area hospital during your second two years.

Why Study Sonography at CUW?

Our program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on clinical sonography experience in a hospital setting
  • Prepare to take National Medical Diagnostic Sonography exams upon graduation
    • Receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting

Program Facts

  • Years to complete: 4

What You’ll Learn in the Sonography Program

Our program will teach you how to:

  • Analyze technical information
  • Work with high-tech equipment
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Collaborate with other healthcare service providers

Career Choices

With a degree in Sonography you can find meaningful work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Medical and diagnostic labs
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Public health facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Education
  • Administration

Areas of Emphasis

Students who graduate with a BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography can specialize in:

  • Obstetric and gynecologic sonography
  • Abdominal sonography
  • Neurosonography
  • Breast sonography
  • Vascular technology
  • Echocardiography.   

High School Prep Courses

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Physics
  • Biology

Year internship is completed

Senior year


Sonography students take classes in anatomy & physiology, biology, physics, medical terminology and pathophysiology. See our course catalog for details.

Important Things You Should Know

The Sonography program is very competitive and placement at clinical sites is not guaranteed. Here’s what you need to know:

  • GPA is a major placement factor: sonography students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be considered for clinical placement 
  • The clinical hospital component lasts for 18-24 consecutive months
  • You must complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training before submitting an application (sophomore year) 
  • You are encouraged to shadow a sonography department and work at least 100 hours as a CNA to increase your chances of clinical placement

Accreditation Certification

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Upon successful completion of the General/Vascular program, students are eligible to apply for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification examinations in Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Vascular Technology. The program assumes no responsibility for the success of its students in obtaining professional certification or other types of professional licensure.

Affiliations and Facilities

The affiliating Diagnostic Medical Sonography sites must be approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).


Linda Samuel, Ph. D. OTR

Dean – School of Health Professions
Professor – Occupational Therapy