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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences
Post-Baccalaureate Professional Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Length of Program

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at UNMC is challenging, but very rewarding. DMS students spend 40 hours per week training, including 10 hours of didactic training and 30 hours of clinical training. Part of the clinical experience involves early morning and evening rotations. The comprehensive, competency-based curriculum offers the student a variety of learning opportunities and clinical experiences to prepare them for a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Degree Requirements

Required courses totaling 40 semester hours are completed as part of a 12-month curriculum. All required courses must be completed with a minimum passing grade of 70%, unless specified otherwise in the syllabus, to meet graduation requirements. Students must transfer in a minimum of 80 semester credit hours, 21 semester credit hours of which come from specific prerequisite coursework and a maximum of 60 semester credit hours for their radiography curriculum.  A minimum total of 120 semester credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences degree, and completion of the 40 semester hours in Diagnostic Medical Sonography for the Post-Baccalaureate Professional Certificate. 

Admission to the Program

  1. Graduate from an accredited Radiography program. Students in their final months of study are eligible to apply.
  2. Current certification by the ARRT.
  3. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Radiography program GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Complete a shadow experience with a DMS Program Representative. (Email to schedule a shadow experience.)

DMS Admissions Policies are in the CAHP Handbook.

University / College Required Prerequisites

Successful completion of 21 semester hours at an accredited college or university including:  

Language / Social Sciences (9 semester hours)

  • Written or Oral Communication required
  • Course work meeting this requirement may include but is not limited to literature, composition, communication, speech, foreign language, philosophy, psychology, sociology, art, history, religion.

Mathematics (3 semester hours)

  • College Algebra, Statistics or higher mathematics

Natural Sciences (9 semester hours)

  • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics required
  • Course work meeting this requirement may include but is not limited to anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics or earth science.

Requirements are subject to change. Grades lower than a "C-" will not transfer to UNMC for credit.

Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. Evaluation of the qualifications of each applicant and the final selections for admission are made by the admissions committee of each program, which comprises program faculty and administration.

Campus Location

Accepted students will be assigned to a campus location. Once a campus location is assigned, the student will be expected to remain at their assigned campus location for the duration of the program.  Students are asked for their campus location preference during the application process; however, there is no guarantee as to what campus location will be offered. Campus location options: Omaha or Kearney. See the Campus Locations page for more information and housing options.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to the Clinical Perfusion Program, visit the "How to Apply" website. For information on application deadlines and interview dates, visit the "Application Deadline" website.

Certification for Sonography

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1975 that administers examinations and awards the following credentials:

RDMS® – Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer®
RDCS® – Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer®
RVT® – Registered Vascular Technologist®
RPVI® – Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation®
RMSK™ - Registered in Musculoskeletal™ sonography

ARDMS is the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography and has certified more than 80,000 individuals.

ARDMS credentials document personal achievement of recognized professional standards. Credentials awarded by ARDMS are widely accepted in the medical community by ultrasound and vascular professional organizations.

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at UNMC, graduates are eligible to apply to take examinations on Abdomen, OB/GYN, Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, and Pediatric Sonography.

For more information regarding the ARDMS and requirements for registration, please contact:

The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
51 Monroe Street
Plaza East One
Rockville, Maryland 20850-2400
301.738.8401

About the Profession

Sonographers are the healthcare professionals who utilize their technical expertise, knowledge of human anatomy, and the physical principles of ultrasound to produce diagnostic images of the body. Ultrasound is used to evaluate many parts of the body, including the abdomen, blood vessels, developing fetus, superficial body structures, and neonatal brains. The sound waves used to obtain these images are at a frequency above the range of human hearing. Sonographers create images of structures by scanning the patient with a transducer that emits high frequency sound waves. The images are interpreted by a physician who provides the medical diagnosis.

Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures.

They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

The professional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Obtaining and recording an accurate patient history
  • Performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images
  • Analyzing technical information
  • Using independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings
  • Providing an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis
  • Providing quality patient care
  • Collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team

Career Outlook

The career outlook for sonographers is excellent. New technologies and the increased use of ultrasound in diagnostic procedures have created many opportunities in this field. The US Department of Labor projects that the employment of sonographers is expected to increase by 46% from 2012-2022.

Career opportunities available to sonographers include: clinics, hospitals, research institutes, educational facilities, or equipment application and sales.

Salaries vary depending on years of experience, number of certifications, and geographic location. According to a salary report released by the SDMS in 2013, the median salary for sonographers is $78,520 annually.

Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
MITS 412S
SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION I
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION I
4
MITS 441S
DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW I
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW I
2
MITS 431S
OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE I
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE I
1
MITS 432S
GASTROINTESTINAL ULTRASOUND
or GASTROINTESTINAL ULTRASOUND
3
MITS 401S
ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I
or ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I
1
MITS 415S
ORIENTATION TO DMS
or ORIENTATION TO DMS
2
 Credit Hours13
Spring
MITS 402S
SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION II
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION II
5
MITS 403S
DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW II
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW II
2
MITS 405S
OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE II
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE II
1
MITS 407S
ADVANCED OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND
or ADVANCED OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND
2
MITS 408S
GYNECOLOGICAL ULTRASOUND
or GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND
1
MITS 409S
GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND
or GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND
1
MITS 419S
PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I
or PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I
2
MITS 451S
ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II
or ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II
1
 Credit Hours15
Summer
MITS 421S
PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS II
or PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS II
1
MITS 452S
SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION III
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION III
5
MITS 453S
OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE III
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE III
1
MITS 454S
DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW III
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW III
2
MITS 455S
HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY
or HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY
1
MITS 457S
PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY
or PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY
2
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours40