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.
Admission to the Program
- Graduate from an accredited Radiography program. Students in their final months of study are eligible to apply.
- Current certification by the ARRT.
- Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Radiography program GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- 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
Total of 80 semester hours of transfer credit; a maximum of 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited Radiography program and 21 semester hours of specific prerequisite course work (see below). If a Radiography program is less than 60 semester hours, additional transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution will be required to meet the 80 semester hour total.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
or MITS 601S
|ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I
or ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I
or MITS 612S
|SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION I
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION I
or MITS 615S
|ORIENTATION TO DMS
or ORIENTATION TO DMS
or MITS 631S
|OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE I
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE I
or MITS 632S
or GASTROINTESTINAL ULTRASOUND
or MITS 641S
|DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW I
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW I
or MITS 602S
|SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION II
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION II
or MITS 603S
|DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW II
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW II
or MITS 605S
|OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE II
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE II
or MITS 607S
|ADVANCED OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND
or ADVANCED OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND
or MITS 609S
or GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND
or MITS 609S
or GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND
or MITS 619S
|PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I
or PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I
or MITS 651S
|ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II
or ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II
or MITS 621S
|PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS II
or PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS II
or MITS 652S
|SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION III
or SONOGRAPHY CLINICAL EDUCATION III
or MITS 653S
|OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE III
or OBSTETRICAL CONFERENCE III
or MITS 654S
|DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW III
or DIAGNOSTIC FILM REVIEW III
or MITS 655S
|HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY
or HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY
or MITS 657S
or PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY
|Total Credit Hours||40|