The four-semester Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program begins each fall semester. This is a full-time day time program. The individual gains hands-on experience in clinical settings throughout the city. Transportation to and from these clinical sites, as well as parking, is the responsibility of the student.

A student in their final semester of the program or after graduation may apply and take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) exam offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Post matriculation the graduate of the program my apply and take a corresponding speciality examination in abdomen (AB) and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). An individual who passes the SPI exam and one or both of the corresponding specialty exams is recognized by the ARDMS as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS).

Degrees and Certificates

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Advanced technical certificate

Program Information

A Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 
 

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer receives specialized training to work with high-frequency sound waves that produce images of soft-tissue structures within the body. The individual provides patient service in a variety of medical settings in which a physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of sonographic procedures.

By assisting physicians in gathering sonographic data, the sonographer is able to obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate diagnostic results.

A sonographer also performs appropriate procedures to record anatomical, pathological and physiologic data.

A graduate of the program is prepared to work in the area of general (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas) diagnostic medical sonography. Employment may be found in hospitals, clinics, and private offices.  In 2008, the average starting salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer was $43,600 according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). With experience a sonographer may advance into the areas of education, management, research and/or marketing.

Admission Steps

 
 

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ARDMS rules

 
 

ARDMS rules indicate that ARDMS may take action against an applicant, candidate or registrant in the case of conviction, plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere to any crime. If you are presently charged with, or been convicted or found guilty of or plead nolo contendere to any crime (felony and/or misdemeanor), other than a speeding or parking violation, you may have questions concerning this rule and may wish to obtain clarification as to how it pertains to your circumstances. ARDMS conducts a "pre-application review," for a $125 non-refundable fee, for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. The pre-application review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied for examination and are contemplating employment in the field of sonography and/or enrollment in a sonography program. Go online at www.ardms.org for details on the pre-application review process.

Program Effectiveness

 
 
 

Class of 2016
Graduated in December 2016
Report ran on 5/15/2017

 
Accepted 24 students Graduated 18 students 72% Completion Rate
25% Attrition Rate
18 students graduated 11 are employed 61% Employment Rate
18 students graduated 16 students earned the ARDMS certification awards (The students must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and a specialty examination to be considered ARDMS 89% Credential Success Rate
Exam Report (# Passed exam/#Attempted)
 
93% Abdominal
(14/15)
 
98% Obstetrics & Gynecology
(13/14)
 
100% Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
(18/18)
Global Pass Rate
 
57%
 
 
63%
 
 
 
50%

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Provide basic patient care and practices in general diagnostic medical sonography, including employ professional judgment, ethics and communication skill.
  2. Recognize sonographic appearance and/or Doppler patterns of normal structures, disease processes, and pathologies.
  3. Apply acoustic physics and Doppler ultrasound principles to operate the ultrasound machine.
  4. Perform sonographic examinations according to protocols.

Employment

There are 1,121 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 23.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 90 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $33.00 hourly, $69,000 annuall