Radiation Sciences Programs

  • DMS2
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography  

    Career Information & Outlook

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a skilled professional who uses equipment producing high-frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data that help health care professionals diagnose patients with disease. Ultrasound imaging is used on many parts of the body, including the abdomen, heart, blood vessels, and the developing fetus of a pregnant woman. When determining normal and abnormal findings, the sonographer must demonstrate sectional anatomy through transducer kid webmanipulation. The sonographer uses independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the study according to the diagnostic findings. These professionals participate in the reading sessions with physicians, contributing technical and professional knowledge and observation to the final diagnostic impression. The sonographer spends extended time with the patient obtaining a thorough history of symptoms, explaining the exam, answering questions, and performing the exam. He or she must also recognize emergency patient care situations and institute lifesaving first aid when necessary. Extended patient contact and added professional responsibility are only a couple of the many rewards found in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET (29-2032.00 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) for additional career information.

    2010 - 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook 

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook reports employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 18 percent through 2018—faster than the average for all occupations. Ultrasound imaging technology is expected to evolve rapidly and spawn many new sonography procedures, enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not traditionally been used. Sonographers with multiple specialties or multiple credentials also will have good prospects.
    For statistics on salary expectations and additional information on a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics website.

    Commitment to the Pursuit of Quality

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program takes great care in its pursuit to select and educate top quality sonographers. The items below provide verification of our commitment to this pursuit.

    Certification Examination Rate

    Program graduates sit for at least two of four national certification examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). (Most graduates sit for all four exams) One examination will be Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and the other options include Abdomen, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Vascular Technology. The program graduates have enjoyed strong achievement on ARDMS Certification exams. Since 2001 the graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program have achieved a 100% certification rate with the ARDMS. The program is unable to report mean scaled scores or first time pass rates as that data is not provided by the certifying agency.

    Program On-Time Completion Rate Information

    Graduating Year
    # of Students Starting Program
    # of Students Graduating
    Completion %
    2013
    X
    X
    X
    2012
    X
    X
    X
    2011
    10
    10
    100%
    2010
    11
    10
    91%
    * 2009
    X
    X
    X
    2008
    10
    10
    100%

    *Due to federal privacy issues when less than 10 people start or graduate from the program this data is not listed.

    Program Placement Rate

    Year
    # of Graduates Employed in Sonography within 6 months
    Graduates Pursuing Education Immediately After Graduation
    Placement Rate *
    2013
    X (43% in Iowa)
    2 in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
    100%
    2012
    X (83% in Iowa)
    2 in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
    100%
    2011
    8 (88% in Iowa)
    2 in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
    100%
    2010
    10 (90% in Iowa)
     
    100%

    * Placement rate is calculated using the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography methodology.

    Median Student Debt Load

       
    Total Debt Median
    Federal Debt Median
    Year
    # of Graduates
    Median Count
    Median
    Median Count
    Median
    2010
    10
    8
    $15,000
    8
    $15,500

    * These median debt figures are developed and provided by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid.