Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Learn How to Perform Life-Changing Medical Tests by Earning a Sonography Degree.

Marian University’s Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students to become healthcare professionals who serve on the front lines of healthcare. Our graduates play a critical role in helping detect and monitor a variety of life-changing medical conditions – high-risk pregnancies, cancers, and heart defects – by being experts in the use of sophisticated equipment and high-frequency sound waves.

Diagnostic medical sonographers, otherwise known as ultrasound technicians, create images of internal organs which assist physicians in diagnosing medical conditions. Graduates of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program leave with a skill set that is important for analysis, critical thinking, and leadership in diagnostic medical sonography and the ability to become an important part of a healthcare team. DMS students enjoy a unique experience by spending their freshman and sophomore years on-campus completing general education and health/science courses. Then, in their junior and senior years, students gain valuable equipment and patient experience by training at one of our two affiliate clinical sites.

Are you already a licensed DMS and would like to complete your bachelor’s degree? Marian University offers a diagnostic medical sonographer completion degree where you can earn your bachelor’s 100% online.

Train to become a diagnostic medical sonographer and be a valuable addition to a healthcare team.

Learn More About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Listen to Teri Durkin, Academic Advisor in Allied Health, as she explains what degrees are offered, what an academic advisor does and how they help students navigate their college classes/major/schedule, and the medical imaging programs. Medical imaging programs include diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic technology that focus on direct patient care. Ms. Durkin provides an overview of GPA requirements, clinical hours, admission requirements and processes, and clinical site options for diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic technology.

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Curriculum

Let the bachelor’s program at Marian University teach you how to be an expert in the use of sophisticated high frequency sound wave equipment that sonographers (ultrasound techs) use everyday in their career. Acquire skills that are important for analysis, critical thinking, and leadership in diagnostic medical sonography, allowing you to be a step ahead of your competition. According to the BLS, 27,600 additional sonographers are needed by 2024 to accommodate medical facilities replacing more invasive, imaging procedures with sonography. Get trained as a sonographer and be ready to start your career.

The clinical component of the program prepares you for actual work situations and responsibilities through intensive hands-on experience in clinical courses at an affiliate site, including the Aurora St. Luke’s (Milwaukee) and UW Hospital (Madison) clinics.

Students accepted into the affiliate program continue as Marian students and earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography upon completion of the affiliate DMS program. A national licensure exam at the end of this training provides employers with evidence of the quality and capabilities of students who complete the program.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Diagnostic medical sonography majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • General organic and biochemistry
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Bioethics

For more than 100 years we have been known for educating leaders in the healthcare field, and that extends to our diagnostic medical sonography program. With a solid background in sonography and an emphasis on providing quality care and compassion to patients, you’ll find our program will help you become a top medical professional in the industry.

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 21 to 24-month, full-time, hospital-based educational experience that prepares students for a career in the field of diagnostic medical sonography.

During their time at one of the clinical affiliates, students remain Marian students. Upon competition of these requirements, students receive a Marian degree.