Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Gain advanced insights to the inner workings of the body with our bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Health Professions

Preparing you with hands-on, clinical training to help others

Diagnostic medical sonography is a multi-specialty profession comprised of many diverse areas all using ultrasound as a primary technology. Doctors perform ultrasound examinations on women, men, and children to gain advanced insights into the inner workings of the body. In fact, after x-ray exams, ultrasound is the most utilized form of diagnostic imaging available today. Sonography uses the high frequency sound waves to obtain images of the human body. These images are used to diagnose disease and guide physicians during invasive procedures. Concordia University's four-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program will train you in anatomy, physiology and the art of scanning. In the first two years you will be taking Concordia core courses and prerequisite classes in preparation for a two-year professional and clinical training program. As an applicant, you have two options for the DMS professional coursework: CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Program Overview

 Why Choose Sonography?

  • Committing to lifelong learning in order to maintain knowledge and expertise in a rapidly growing healthcare profession
  • Working as a key member of a healthcare team
  • Providing one on one care to a variety of people
  • Using high tech instrumentation to create and interpret images from inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis
  • You enjoy human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, technology, physics and patient care
  • Projected job growth for sonographers is 24% between 2014-2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2014 wage levels in Wisconsin for diagnostic medical sonographers were reported to be in the range $59,080 - $89,250

CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The didactic portion of the program is conducted within CUW at the Miller Park Way location and the clinical coursework is conducted at our clinical affiliates in southeastern Wisconsin. The program offers education and learning concentrations in General/Vascular Sonography.

As a student, you will receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting. You will obtain the necessary preparation for your career through clinical experience in a medical setting. Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography have an opportunity to specialize in the following areas of sonography: obstetric and gynecologic, abdominal sonography, breast sonography, and vascular technology.

At Concordia, you will experience:

  • Small class sizes enrich learning and professional growth
  • Integrated didactic, hands-on and clinical training to enhance learning
  • On-campus ultrasound lab dedicated to training sonography students
  • Diverse clinical rotations encompassing all specialties
  • 100% program completion rate
  • 100% of our graduates successfully obtain credentialing within one year
  • 100% positive job placement rate within 6 months of graduation
  • See more of our program outcomes here.
Our Instructors
Lisa Reimer, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Chair – Imaging Department
Program Director - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Amanda Stippich, BS, RDMS, RVT
Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program offers learning concentrations of both General Vascular and Cardiac Vascular Sonography. The didactic coursework is conducted by this program and the clinical coursework is conducted by Aurora clinical affiliates. If the student chooses to apply for the Cardiac/Vascular concentration, their application will be forwarded to this program. If the student chooses to apply to the General/Vascular concentration, their application will first be considered for the CUW program before it is forwarded to this program. Learn More.

What to Expect
Through our DMS program you will learn how to:
  • Analyze technical information
  • Identify sonographic anatomy and pathology
  • Operate high tech ultrasound systems
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Collaborate with other healthcare service providers
Licensure / Certifications
Sonographers are required to pass a national certification board. There are several to choose from depending on specialization. The program prepares the student for certifying boards in Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Vascular Sonography, and Cardiac (available through Aurora St. Luke's).

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has nine center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work.

  • Miller Park Way

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