Diagnostic Medical Sonography

VISUALIZING HEALTH: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the Sacramento Ultrasound Institute offers a transformative experience in visualizing the intricacies of human health. Through our meticulously crafted curriculum, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of various sonographic techniques and their applications.

Join our expert faculty, consisting of experienced sonographers and medical professionals, on a journey that will equip you with the knowledge and proficiency to excel in the dynamic field of medical imaging.

START DATE

4/1/24

APPLICATION WINDOW

12/11/23 – 2/11/24

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Program Hours: 1680 Hours
Program Length: 72 Weeks
Credits: 64 Credits
Instruction: Blended
Credential Awarded: Diploma

TUTION & FEES

Scrubs $200.00
Laptop $750.00
Books $1,219.00
Tuition $47,040.00
Total Program Cost $49,209.00

PROGRAM PERFORMANCE

2020-2021

Graduation Rate
0 %
Employment Rate
0 %

2021-2022

Graduation Rate
0 %
Employment Rate
0 %

ARDMS REGISTRY PERFORMANCE

Reporting Year
Credential Exam
Total Graduate Test Takers
Earned from ARDMS
Credential Success Rate
2020
Abdomen (AB)
10
9
90%
2020
OB/GYN (OB)
3
2
67%
2021
Abdomen (AB)
10
8
80%
2021
OB/GYN (OB)
13
11
85%

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a program that is close to my heart and has transformed the lives of many aspiring medical professionals.

In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, sonography stands out as a field that combines technological prowess with the human touch. Here at SUI, we pride ourselves on offering a curriculum that is both rigorous and relevant, ensuring that our graduates are not only competent but also compassionate healthcare providers.

Our dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and hands-on training approach are designed to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to excel in this rewarding profession. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to enhance your existing skills, our program is tailored to guide you every step of the way.

I invite you to explore our program, meet our exceptional faculty, and discover the opportunities that await you in the world of medical sonography. Together, we’ll embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and professional growth.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The student receives eight hundred eighty (880) hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and eight hundred (800) hours of clinical education allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use. The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. In addition, the program prepares students to take their ARDMS examinations. Upon completion of the program, a diploma is awarded. Normal completion time for this program is 72 weeks excluding any holiday and vacation times.

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is to deliver exceptional education and training to individuals aspiring to become skilled Sonographers. Our program is dedicated to furnishing students with comprehensive knowledge, technical expertise, and hands-on clinical practice essential for success in the realm of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. We are dedicated to nurturing proficient and empathetic entry-level practitioners who can effectively address the dynamic needs of the advancing healthcare landscape.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics & Instrumentation
  • Foundation of Sonography
  • Abdomen & Small Parts
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Arterial/Vascular Ultrasound

CLINICAL TRAINING

Clinical training is an integral part of the DMS Technologist program. Students will gain hands-on experience in real-world clinical settings under the guidance of experienced professionals. This training will enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios, develop proficiency in operating ultrasound equipment, and refine their patient care skills. The clinical training component plays a crucial role in preparing students for a successful career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Admissions Requirements

  • Must be a current resident in California. Government-issued I.D. is required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Age will be verified with Individual’s I.D.)
  • Provide documentation of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Provide proof of appropriate educational requirements such as:
    • Copy of high school diploma or GED or
    • Copy of high school transcript showing graduation date.

Please Note:

  • Documentation of proof of completion of high school diploma or secondary education from a foreign country must be officially translated into English and show the equivalency of education in the United States; high school diploma, associates or bachelor’s degree. Evaluation of foreign transcripts must be completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation. Information regarding this organization and its members can be found here.
  • Students must notify the institution if they plan to relocate out of state. SUI is only approved to operate in the state of California. Relocating out of state may adversely impact a student’s ability to complete their program. Students must submit the Change of Address Form via the student portal prior to relocation.
  • Some programs may have additional requirements. The additional requirements will be specified on the respective program’s page on our website.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Requirements

  • An Associate’s Degree (any field) or higher in any discipline.
  • Successful completion (defined as receiving a grade of “B” or better) of college-level coursework in the subjects below. SUI does not accept Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grades in fulfillment of admissions prerequisites. Courses must be a minimum of three semesters or four-quarter credits with a 5 year recency. 
    • General Physics (topics must include sound waves, heat, light, and motion)
    • Communication Skills (Written or Oral Communication, i.e., Speech, English Composition)
    • Mathematics ( Intermediate Algebra or higher-level course, i.e., Calculus, Statistics)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology

PREREQUISITE AND TRANSFER COURSE SELF EVALUATION

To find out if your course meets the program prerequisite or transfer requirements. Click here and access our Transfer Credit Articulation Database for more information. Please visit our Admissions page for program start dates and application window and register for a webinar info session to start your enrollment process.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance. For details please call: 916-877-7977

ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL

Sacramento Ultrasound Institute's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by CAAHEP and is approved by BPPE. This accreditation ensures that our program meets stringent educational standards, providing students with a high-quality learning experience and improving their credibility in the job market.

Licensure and Certification

Certification through ARDMS can be accomplished through multiple pathways.

General Concentration

SUI DMS General concentration program is designed to meet the requirements categorized by ARDMS as “Pre-requisite #2″:

  1. Pass the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination upon completion of a general, medical, or sonography physics class. This is typically completed in the student’s third quarter.
  2. Graduate from a program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education (USDOE) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography.
  3. Pass the applicable specialty examination(s).
    • General concentration graduates: to earn a credential as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) with Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialties, students must pass two specialty examinations in Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN).

JOB OUTLOOK

Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 10,100 openings for diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $60,570 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,070.

The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $77,740 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $59,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,650.

For more information, visit the BLS website here.

CAREER SERVICES

Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is dedicated to supporting students’ career aspirations. Our career services team provides personalized guidance to students, assisting them in job searches, resume preparation, interview skills, and networking. We maintain a strong network of affiliations with medical facilities and organizations, offering students valuable opportunities for internships and potential employment after graduation.

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