BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers provide physicians and other healthcare providers with eyes and ears into a patient’s body, helping them to diagnose and treat cancer, blood clots, and pregnancy complications.

About this program

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Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

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Careers in demand

Jobs for Diagnostic Imagining graduates are forecast to increase by 24% between 2014-2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016)

Program Overview

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As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll perform and interpret ultrasound scans to help physicians diagnose a range of diseases, assist surgeons with biopsies and track the health and growth of developing fetuses. Our Bachelor’s degree program, the first and only one of its kind in Connecticut, teaches you sophisticated sonographic procedures and technology, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work directly with patients in a range of settings, from physician’s offices and OB/GYN clinics to hospitals and diagnostic laboratories.

Our program gives you the opportunity for clinical training in a variety of sub-specialties, including OB/GYN, breast, vascular, abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging. These options enable you to pursue multiple credentials in the field, increasing the number of jobs for which you qualify.

In your sophomore year, During the professional component of the program, you’ll complete more than 1900 hours of clinical field experience across five separate rotations. Your clinical education takes place in any of 20 affiliated locations across the state, including Diagnostic Imaging Associates, Gaylord Hospital, Whitney Medical Imaging and Southern Connecticut Vascular Center. Upon degree completion, students will be adequately prepared to challenge numerous ARDMS certification exams.    

Curriculum and Requirements

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Curriculum

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
UC elective 3
RS 100
or DMS 100
Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging
or Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging
1
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC elective 3
DMS 101
& 101L
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
and Sonography Laboratory Practicum I
4
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Online or on campus:  
UC elective 3
UC elective 3
 Credits6
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
UC elective 3
DMS 200 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMS 210
& 210L
Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography
and Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 250 Sonography Clinical Education I 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
DMS 201 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 220
& 220L
Vascular Sonography
and Vascular Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 260 Sonography Clinical Education II 3
Select one of the following: 3
RS 297
& 297L
Methods of Patient Care (DMS 297)
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
 
DMS 297
& 297L
Methods of Patient Care (RS 297)
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
 
 Credits17
Summer Semester
DMS 270 Sonography Clinical Education III 5
UC elective 3
 Credits8
Junior
Fall Semester
RS 201
or DMS 205
Human Anatomy Imaging I
or Human Anatomy Lab I
1
UC elective 3
DMS 330
& 330L
OB/GYB Sonography
and OB/GYN Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 380 Sonography Clinical Education IV 3
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
RS 414
or DMS 414
Research: Analysis and Critique (DMS 414)
or Research Analysis and Critique (RS 414)
3
 Credits17
J-term
UC elective 3
 Credits3
Spring Semester
UC Capstone 3
RS 202
or DMS 206
Human Anatomy Imaging II
or Human Anatomy Lab II
1
DMS 340
& 340L
Breast Sonography
and Breast Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 350
& 350L
Musculoskeletal Sonography
and MSK Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 390 Sonography Clinical Education V 3
DMS 499 Capstone (RS 499) 3
 Credits18
 Total Credits121
  1. Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent.
  2. BIO 101BIO 102 and PHY 101 are required courses for the diagnostic medical sonography program and may be used to meet the University core sciences requirement.
  3. All diagnostic medical sonography course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above.