Diagnostic medical sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Compassionate care, inspired healing.

Those in healthcare are inspired to give of themselves to help and heal others, as well as a passion for lifelong learning. For you, that’s through providing one-on-one care to a variety of people and earning a quality degree, especially in diagnostic medical sonography. At Marian, our diagnostic medical sonography program is centered on both areas, allowing you the opportunity to become an expert in the healthcare field while healing your patients.

Program Information

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs develops and maintains the standards used by Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. Program information is available here.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Program
Sonography, a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow, is a growing field of medicine. Marian’s diagnostic medical sonography program features a specialized four-year curriculum, where the first two years focus on Marian’s core liberal arts courses and preparatory coursework, followed by two years of theory and clinical experiences at an accredited diagnostic medical sonography affiliate site.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including School of Nursing and Health Professions course requirements (48–51 credits): BIO 100; CHE 103; COM 101 or COM 232 or COM 302; MAT 114; PHI 220; PSY 101 or PSY 105.

17 credits:
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 5 cr.
BIO 220 Introduction to Medical Terminology, 2 cr.
NRS 365 Health Care Informatics, 2 cr.
NUR 304 Pathophysiology, 3 cr.
PHS 211 Elementary Physics, 5 cr.

60 credits:
Two years in a diagnostic medical sonography program from an accredited school of diagnostic medical sonography affiliated with Marian University.

During the clinical program, students register for courses to maintain continuous enrollment at Marian University and to indicate their progress in their off-campus training, beginning with their entrance into an accredited School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Course numbers and sequence vary by clinical program.

DMS 380 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical I, 12 cr.
DMS 390 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical II, 12 cr.
DMS 395 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical III, 6 cr.
DMS 400 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical IV, 12 cr.
DMS 410 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical V, 12 cr.
DMS 415 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical VI, 6 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As part of the diagnostic medical sonography program, you will gain a valuable foundation of knowledge and become highly skilled in providing patient services using diagnostic imaging. You will be prepared for actual work situations and responsibilities through intensive hands-on experience in clinical courses at an affiliate site, including Marian’s current clinical affiliates at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics program (Madison, Wis.) and Aurora St. Luke’s (Milwaukee, Wis.).

If you have any questions regarding the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, please contact the Academic Advisor for Health Professions at (920) 923-8526.


Marian University is known for its quality reputation of educating leaders in the healthcare field for more than 100 years. With a solid background in sonography and an emphasis on providing quality care and compassion to patients, you’ll find Marian’s program aims to help you become a leader in the healthcare field.

Upon completion of (or enrollment in) all prerequisite coursework, students are eligible for application to the clinical training component of the program. These programs offer a 24-month, full-time, hospital-based educational experience that prepares students for a career in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Students must apply for acceptance during the Fall of the Sophomore year by working with the Academic Advisor for Health Professions. Upon acceptance, students register for Marian University courses that indicate the classroom and clinical education they receive while enrolled in the program. Students must apply at one of the University’s approved affiliate partners.

Marian's diagnostic medical sonography program prepares you for a variety of post-baccalaureate options, including working in clinics, hospitals, laboratories, private practice physician offices, public health facilities or other medical settings. With the advancement of medical technology and an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging, employment in sonography is expected to grow faster than other medical occupations.

Each Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Affiliate must maintain program effectiveness data. For more information, visit our clinical affiliates:

Aurora St. Luke's

UW Health

Faculty for Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are a part of their respective clinical programs. For more information, visit our clinical affiliates:

Aurora St. Luke's

UW Health


Fun Fact

Marian’s average traditional undergraduate class size is 14 students, allowing faculty to build personal connections with students (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, June 2014).

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