Diagnostic Medical Sonography-Ultrasound, Medical Imaging, BS

  • Hands of a medical technician wearing medical gloves and holding a clipboard

    Expertly tap the power of soundwaves to help doctors heal their patients. 

    Your Attention to Detail and Knowledge Can Help Save Lives

    As an allied healthcare professional in the field of diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound, you’ll use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body. Working under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures, the sonographer helps gather sonographic data to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases, as well as monitor fetal development.

    The images you create help aid physicians in diagnosing and treating medical conditions in the abdomen, heart, and blood vessels. More recently, the procedure has also been used in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

    How Does Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Technology Work?

    The process involves placing a small device called a transducer against the patient’s skin near the area to be imaged. A stream of high-frequency sound waves are sent into the body, then are detected as the sound waves bounce off internal structures. Different structures in the body reflect the sound waves differently. The reflected sound waves are analyzed by a computer to make an image.

    The Curriculum

    This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study. 

    • Phase One includes 88 credits of coursework in areas such as public speaking, chemistry, biology, physics, and math that are prerequisite to the clinical year. Additionally, students complete all of the Liberal Studies requirements while at the IUP main campus. All requirements in Phase One must be completed.
    • Phase Two includes 32 credits in the 12-month clinical year, during which students attend classes and clinical experiences through the University of Findlay’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

          Students spend four months at the University of Findlay in Ohio, where they study the theory of sonography. The next phase includes 35 weeks of clinical in one of the affiliating hospitals. The program concludes with one week of review and a final exam.

          Graduates of the sonography program are eligible to apply for the national certification examination. The examinations are administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (ADCS). In many states, certification by either of these two national organizations is needed to apply for licensure so the individual may legally work in that state.

        • Freshman Year

          Fall

          Course Name Credits
          MATH 105 College Algebra* 3
          CHEM 101 College Chemistry I or CHEM 111 General Chemistry* 4
          ENGL 101 College Writing* 3
          Fine Arts Requirement 3
          SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
          Total Credits 16

          Spring

          Course Name Credits
          CHEM 102 College Chemistry II or CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
          HIST 196/197/198 3
          Dimensions of Wellness 3
          Free Elective 3
          PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
          Total Credits
          16
          Sophomore Year

          Fall

          Course Name Credits
          PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture* 3
          PHYS 121 Physics I Lab 1
          Free Elective 3
          COSC/IFMG 101 Micro-Based Computer Literacy 3
          ENGL 202 Composition II 3
          Free Elective 3
          Total Credits 16

          Spring

          Course Name Credits
          PHYS 112 Physics II Lecture 3
          PHYS 122 Physics II Lab 1
          ENGL 310 Public Speaking or BCOM 321 Business and Interpersonal Communications* 3
          BIOL 150 Human Anatomy* 4
          Free Elective 3
          Total Credits
          14
          Junior Year

          Fall

          Course Name Credits
          BIOL 240 Human Physiology 4
          Global and Multicultural Awareness 3
          Free Elective 3
          Free Elective 3
          Total Credits 13

          Spring

          Course Name Credits
          Philosophy/Religious Studies Requirement 3
          ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
          Free Elective 3
          BIOL 241 Introductory Medical Microbiology 4
          Total Credits
          13
        • *The University of Findlay Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs require C or higher grades in these courses. For the most favorable review of the application, students are encouraged to have completed all of these courses before the application deadline. They also require a C or higher grade in a Humanities and Social Sciences course.

          **Courses are taught off campus for one calendar year at the University of Findlay. Students will not need to register for these courses. Thirty-two (32) credits of articulated courses in the track will be transferred through the affiliation agreement and posted to the official Indiana University of Pennsylvania transcript.