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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, B.Sc.

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  • 48 months
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Preparing you with hands-on, clinical training to help others

Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is a multi-specialty profession which utilizes high frequency sound waves to image the human body. Sonographers use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and applied critical thinking to assess function and the presence of disease processes. Sonographers work under the guidance of an interpreting physician in a variety of health care settings. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program of Concordia University Wisconsin includes two years of core requirements and prerequisite classes specific to the major. Qualified candidates must then apply to the DMS program. Two learning tracks/concentrations are available to CUW students: 1) General/Vascular and 2) Cardiac/Vascular. Students that choose to apply to the General/Vascular concentration are first considered by the CUW DMS program. Applicants not selected by the CUW DMS program are then forwarded to our partner program, Advocate Aurora Health (Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center). Students that choose the Cardiac Vascular concentration will apply through our partner program, Advocate Aurora Health (Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center).

Why Choose Sonography?

  • Interested in human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, technology, and patient care
  • Being a key member of a health care team
  • Providing one on one care to a variety of people
  • Using high tech instrumentation to create images of the human body to assist in medical diagnosis
  • Commitment to lifelong learning in a rapidly growing health care profession
  • Projected job growth for sonographers is 17% (much faster than average) between 2016-2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Designed 4 year completion in a growing market with a competitive salary. 2017 median wage level for a diagnostic medical sonographer according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is reported to be $71,410 with a range between $50,000 and $99,840.

CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The didactic portion of the program is conducted within CUW at the Miller Park Way location and the clinical coursework is conducted at our clinical affiliates in southeastern Wisconsin. The program offers education and learning concentrations in General/Vascular Sonography.

As a student, you will receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting. You will obtain the necessary preparation for your career through clinical experience in a medical setting. Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography have an opportunity to specialize in the following areas of sonography: obstetric and gynecologic, abdominal sonography, breast sonography, and vascular technology.

At Concordia, you will experience:

  • Small class sizes enrich learning and professional growth
  • Integrated didactic, hands-on and clinical training to enhance learning
  • On-campus ultrasound lab dedicated to training sonography students
  • Diverse clinical rotations encompassing all specialties
  • 100% program completion rate
  • 100% of our graduates successfully obtain credentialing within one year
  • 100% positive job placement rate within 6 months of graduation

What to expect

Through our DMS program you will learn how to:

  • Analyze technical information
  • Identify sonographic anatomy and pathology
  • Operate high tech ultrasound systems
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Collaborate with other health care service providers


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Plan to apply 3-4 months prior to your intended start date.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    122 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Biology
  • General Physics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Medical Law & Ethics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completion of the pre-clinical required courses with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of coursework in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program with 100 documented hours of patient care work
  • Submission of a personal essay on why the applicant chose a career in sonography
  • Professional and/or academic references
  • A minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing, 4 in general ultrasound and 4 hours in echocardiography
  • Completion and submission of the application form
  • Please note: The time commitment for the CUW DMS program is 40 hours per week for didactic coursework and clinical hours. This does not include time for travel or study. Due to the demanding schedule, it is recommended that DMS students restrict or eliminate employment during their schooling to promote success in the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30060 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30060 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30060 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30060 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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