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The Program

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.

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

DMS students, as is a requirement for all undergraduate students, participate in the General Education Program. Students take between 31.5 and 33 credits in courses that provide a broad base of common learning and prepare the entering student for college level learning and expectations. Courses are divided into four areas of reasoning: creative, humanistic, social scientific, and scientific.

Sample Course Plan:
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General Education and Program Requirements:

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150.)

Prerequisites:

CHE 001 Preparatory Chemistry, or high school chemistry; MAT 001 Basic Algebra, or appropriate math placement test score

An introductory course for non-science majors. This course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life with special focus to biological and medical applications. With laboratory.

Prerequisites:

A course designed specifically for those concerned with ethical problems facing medical professional and generally for anyone with an interest in the relation of ethics to bio-medical issues. The course examines the nature of ethics and morality, the variety of ethical theories and normative ethical principles, and the practice of applying such concepts to specific cases and issues within the bio-medical sciences. Topics covered include issues in the professional-patient relationship, termination of life, reproductive rights and technologies, and allocation and public policy.

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

OR

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

OR

This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity generally. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

A review of fundamental concepts of algebra, including systems of equations, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions. An introduction to trigonometry, including triangle and unit circle approaches. Emphasis will be on applications of algebra and trigonometry. (NOTE: MAT 112 may not be taken for credit, upon completion of MAT 114.)

OR

A study of topics that include: set theory, relations, functions, analytic geometry, synthetic division, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, and graphing techniques. . (NOTE: MAT 114 may not be taken for credit, upon completion of MAT 112.)

OR

Prerequisites:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

OR

A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

17 credits:

Prerequisites:

A systemic structure/function approach to the study of the human body that provides the background required for further study in applied physiology. Anatomy and physiology of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, and urinary systems will be studied. The laboratory parallels and reinforces lecture concepts through the use of models, histological studies, physiological exercises, and dissection of biological samples. This is a hybrid class; most lectures will be online. The face-to-face portion will include laboratory exercises, lecture review, case studies, and assessments.

Provides information about common medical terms, definition and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

This course focuses on core concepts, skills, and tools that define the health care informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality and foster consumer centered care and efficiency.

The student reviews concepts of anatomy and physiology, acquires knowledge about the pathophysiology of disease processes affecting the person across the life span. The student utilizes the processes of critical thinking and decision making within the evolving professional nurse role by exploring concepts and alterations of immunity, inflammation, infection, cellular proliferation, hormonal, musculoskeletal, renal, neurological, respiratory, hematological, and cardiovascular systems and functions of the person across the life span.

Prerequisites:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, MAT 114 Algebra and Trigonometry, with a grade of C or better, or appropriate math placement test score

A one-semester lecture and laboratory physics course. Topics addressed include the fundamentals of kinematics, dynamics, statics, oscillation, electromagnetism, and optics.

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.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or
of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade
of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

This course will be taken by students enrolled in an approved diagnostic medical sonography clinical program. Successful progress in the clinical program will be indicated by submission of transcripts or of verification in writing by the clinical program director. These credits will be part of the 60-credit professional training in diagnostic medical sonography required for the BS degree. Students will receive a grade of “CR” for maintaining successful progress in the clinical program.

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.

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

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.

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.

Teri Durkin, M.S.
Academic Advisor
920.923.8526
tadurkin33@marianuniversity.edu

Sean Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
920.923.7677
sjfitzpatrick02@marianuniversity.edu

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

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.

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