Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Students receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting. They obtain the necessary preparation for their career through clinical experience in a medical setting.  Students who graduate with a BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography have an opportunity to specialize in obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, breast sonography, vascular technology or echocardiography.   

Program Facts

  • Years to complete: 4
  • Number of students in program: 8-12
  • Average upper class size: 4-8
  • Approximate number of graduates per year: 3-6

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

Faculty

Marc Wojciechowski, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Program Director

Linda Samuel, Ph. D. OTR

Dean – School of Health Professions
Professor – Occupational Therapy

Program Overview

This is a four-year baccalaureate program in which students’ study two years of liberal arts core and preclinical course work on campus before continuing in their 2-year professional and clinical training. CUW student applicants have two clinical affiliate options:

  • Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Milwaukee, WI. The didactic and clinical coursework is conducted by this program. http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/aboutus/meded/programs/sonography/index.asp  Offers education and learning concentrations of General/Vascular, and Cardiac/Vascular Sonography.
  • Concordia University of Wisconsin Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with clinical affiliates in southeastern Wisconsin. The didactic portion of the program is conducted within CUW and the clinical coursework is conducted at our clinical affiliates. Offers education with learning concentrations of General/Vascular Sonography.

Applicants choose between two clinical tracks:

General/Vascular and Cardiac/Vascular Sonography. Clinical courses are completed within the program the student is accepted to. Upon completion of this degree and professional certification, students enter the field to perform examinations and provide images using diagnostic ultrasound or high frequency sound waves.

The Sonography program is very competitive and not all students are placed at a clinical site.  Placement of clinical sites is not guaranteed and college GPA is a major determinant. It is required that Sonography students maintain a 3.0 GPA to be considered for the clinical placement that occurs during the second 2 years of the program.  The clinical component is 18-24 consecutive months, up to 4 days a week, at a hospital or clinic setting. Each student must also complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training prior to submitting an application (sophomore year).

Curriculum

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

Accreditation

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

The Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is also accredited by CAAHEP. View our 2015 Outcomes here.

Certification

Nearing 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 and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exams in General and Vascular Technology.

Upon successful completion of the Cardiac/Vascular program, students are eligible to apply for the ARDMS certification examinations in Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Cardiac Sonography and Vascular technology or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) certification exams in Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography.

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 clinical sites must be approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).