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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associates of Applied Science


Concordia University, St. Paul offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program, which is designed to prepare students to work as health care professionals, to interact with other health care professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in sonography, and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve. Graduates will be prepared to provide health care services as sonographers. The diagnostic medical sonographer works under the direction of a physician, using ultrasound imaging techniques for purposes of diagnosis.


Course Length

46 Total Credits


On Campus & Online

DMS Areas of Concentration

  • As a skilled general sonographer, you will specialize in abdominal sonography (the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas), obstetric and gynecologic sonography, small parts (thyroid, breast, and scrotum), vascular sonography, musculoskeletal sonography and neurosonography.  Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained to operate specialized equipment that sends sound waves into areas of the patient’s body.  Sonographers must have technical aptitude, in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as being extremely detail-oriented to identify visual cues of disease processes. Sonographers create diagnostic images, take measurements, analyze the results, and prepare preliminary findings worksheet for the physician.

  • As a skilled cardiac sonographer, you are trained in echocardiography to understand the in-depth nature of the heart and how it translates to overall health. Day to day work includes preparing patients for their echocardiogram exams, understanding the reason for the exam and the patient’s presenting symptoms/history, performing complete echocardiograms (including regular transthoracic exams and stress echocardiograms), assisting cardiologist with transesophageal echocardiograms and other invasive cardiac exams. Using specific imaging tools such as 2D and 3D images of the heart and Doppler blood flow imaging to assess the heart’s function. Cardiac sonographers will be competent in starting IV’s for contrast use during an exam. Cardiac sonographers will also be competent in putting together the exam’s measurements/findings and creating a preliminary report for the cardiologist. All of these skills are a crucial part in helping the care team make an accurate diagnosis for the patient.

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Free OB Ultrasound - Volunteer Opportunity

These free exams, which each last about one hour, are performed by students under the supervision of a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. Participants must have had your 20-week fetal survey prior to volunteering. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click below.
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Learn more about the DMS program from CSP faculty at our upcoming virtual information session.

  • Date: Monday, June 28, 2021
  • Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m. CST
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DMS Careers

Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained to operate specialized equipment that sends sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Cardiac (echo) sonographers specialize in imaging of the heart, its function, and blood flow, while general sonographers specialize in all other areas of the body, such as obstetric, gynecologic, and the abdomen, small parts, vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurosonography.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the diagnostic medical sonography job outlook is expected to continue growing much faster than average, and the median pay is approximately $73,000 per year.

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    1. The DMS graduate must:
    1.1 Use critical decision making skills to reach conclusions related to comprehensive patient care
    1.2 Be able to obtain, review and integrate pertinent history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.

    2. The DMS graduate must:
    2.1 Be able to perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical, pathological and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician
    2.2 Follow oral and written prescribed instructions to carry out analytical procedures.

    3. The DMS graduate will be able to demonstrate entry level knowledge of ultrasound physics.
    3.1 Able to assess and evaluate current scientific literature and synthesize information in a critical, scientific and effective manner as it relates to application of basic physics principles in Sonography.
    3.2 Define and apply basic ultrasound physics and recognize and identify images where quality can be improved by modifying application of US instruments and mode of operation.

    4. The DMS graduate will achieve personal development and demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with patients, health care professionals and the general public.
    4.1 Exhibit positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, and awareness of their impact on others.  The graduate must be able to demonstrate professional conduct and acceptance of constructive criticism.

  • Our attrition rate is 11%

  • Our job placement rate is 57%.

  • Our credential success:
    Ab- 100%
    ARRT- 100%

DMS Faculty/Staff

Jennifer Zafke

Program Director - Sonography Program

Sarah Urlacher

Admissions Counselor

Toni Squires

Administrative Coordinator, College of Health & Sciences

DMS Student Experience