CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 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 the following areas of sonography: obstetric and gynecologic, abdominal sonography, breast sonography, and vascular technology.
- 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
- Committing to life-long 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 or 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 click here for more information
- 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. For more information click here
Our program is a 4 year baccalaureate program with 4 semesters of pre-clinical course work in preparation for 2 year Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program including didactic and clinical training.
The time commitment for the CUW DMS program is 40 hours per week for didactic coursework and clinical hours. This does not include time for travel or study. Due to the demanding schedule, it is recommended that DMS students restrict or eliminate employment during their schooling to promote success in the program.
All accepted students will be provided a CUW DMS Program Handbook which will include additional program specifics.
Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
- To prepare competent entry-level general, and vascular in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- To meet the need for entry-level sonographers.
- To further the mission of CUW by incorporation of our core values of Christ-Centered, Truth & Integrity, Excellence, and Service. This will be exhibited by our students being recognized for their superior knowledge, compassionate patient care, and clinical excellence.
- To monitor the community needs for sonographers and respond to those needs.
- To monitor the practice of Sonography within our community and adjust our academic and clinical training to meet those needs.
- Facilitate, monitor, and support the implementation of best practices in sonography education.
- Develop an empathetic approach to the patient as a person, rather than a bearer of disease or injury.
- Acquaint the student with the emotional and technical aspects of being a member of a health care team.
- Incorporate meaningful relationships between didactic and clinical experiences.
- Provide a personalized curriculum within the guidelines of school policies and procedures.
- Foster an environment that enables students to master the skills necessary for functioning as a diagnostic medical sonographer.
- To have 80% of our graduates, as measured on a rolling 3 graduating class average, take and pass the ARDMS boards that the school is accredited for.
- To further the mission of our sponsoring institution, Concordia University of Wisconsin.
Pre-sonography students take a core of liberal arts education as well as classes in anatomy & physiology, biology, physics, medical terminology, medical ethics & law, and pathophysiology.
The CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has established curriculum based on the recommendations of the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Education Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. These standards are adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). For more information see the JRC-DMS webpage.
Students will apply their sophomore year to gain acceptance into the CUW DMS program or other clinical affiliate. The Sonography program is very competitive and students are not guaranteed placement. Interested applicants should review the CUW program catalog for additional program standards.
- Completion of the pre-clinical required courses with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completion of coursework in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program with 100 documented hours of patient care work
- Submission of a personal essay on why the applicant chose a career in sonography
- Professional and/or academic references
- A minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing, 4 in general ultrasound and 4 hours in echocardiography
- Completion and submission of the application form
- Background check
- Drug screen
- Physical exam
- Health and auto insurance coverage
- CPR certification up to date throughout program
The CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography program 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).
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.
The program assumes no responsibility for the success of its students in obtaining professional certification or other types of professional licensure.
For information regarding the registry examinations, contact the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). www.ardms.org
Faculty & Staff
Linda Samuel, Ph. D. OTR
Dean – School of Health Professions
Marc Wojciechowski, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Lisa Reimer, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Program Clinical Coordinator
For additional information regarding sonography, please see the following professional organizations
- American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)
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).