Learn How to Perform Life-Changing Medical Tests

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.

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Learn More About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Listen to Dr. Sean Fitzpatrick, Department Chair of the Allied Health Department, as he explains what degrees are offered, introduces you to faculty, and describes the courses you will take. The Allied Health Department offers programs in radiologic technology, medical sonography, and excercise and sports science. Dr. Fitzpatrick discusses what a career in these specialties will be like.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


Our DMS program prepares you for actual work situations and responsibilities through intensive hands-on experience at an affiliate site, including Aurora St. Luke’s (Milwaukee) and UW Hospital (Madison) clinics.

CAREER POTENTIAL


A BS degree prepares you for work in clinics, hospitals, laboratories, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, or other medical settings.

CONSISTENT FOR A CENTURY


For more than 100 years, Marian University has been known for its quality reputation of educating leaders in the healthcare field.

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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.

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General Education Program: 34 credits of university requirements as laid out in the General Education program: ENG 106; THE 101; MAT 114; PHI 105; COM 115; GEN 101; 18 theme credits.

91 credits as follows:

31 credits:

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.

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.

Introduction to informatics. Specific attention paid to the means in which medical imaging professionals utilize health information technology to best service patients.

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:

An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of cellular structure and physiology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. A strong background in biology and basic knowledge of physiological systems is assumed. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 251 is recommended.

Prerequisites:

Continuation of BIO 201. An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 252 is recommended.

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.

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:

Five Semester Clinical – Fall Start with One Summer Semester

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.

Six Semester Clinical – Fall Start with Two Summer Semesters

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)
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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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