May 28, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences Major - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Emphasis

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Lucinda Glaser Health and Medical Sciences Advisor and Articulated Programs Coordinator, Carroll University
Laura Sorenson Education Coordinator, School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Advocate Aurora Health 
Michelle Cordio Program Director, School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Carroll University offers an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) through unique partnerships with Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) in Madison. This B.S. degree affords students additional career choices over earning the certificate alone. Students receive the benefits of close, personal attention during their first years at Carroll followed by two years of clinical experiences in each hospital partner’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and associated clinical sites. The hospital program offers two distinct learning tracks (abdominal sonography - extended/obstetrics & gynecology and vascular technology or adult echocardiography and vascular technology) in which students rotate through diverse clinical placements in a small cohort of classmates.

Diagnostic medical sonographers enjoy employment in varied settings, including hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, diagnostic imaging centers and outpatient care centers. Additional opportunities are available in education, management and medical equipment sales related to sonography. Long-term employment prospects in this area are forecast to be excellent.

The DMS partnership program provides the approved education and clinical experience needed for students to be eligible to sit for their required national exam.  Passing the exam is required in order to practice.  While many students complete their registry exams while in the program, they must seek licensure (if required) individually.  Currently, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon (NOT WI) are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers.

For more information on DMS licensure:

ARDMS certification:

Entry into each hospitals’ professional phase is competitive. Acceptance of students into the professional phase of the program is determined solely by the admissions committee at each hospital’s independent School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the hospital phase and there are typically more applicants than seats available in the program. It is recommended that students enrolled in this program have a parallel plan in the event clinical phase admission is not attained. This program requires students to attend class year-round. Courses completed in summer or winter terms will incur additional tuition fees. See the Admissions section  of the catalog or contact the Health and Medical Sciences Advisor for more details.

Accepted students transitioning into the clinical phase of the program must adhere to all policies and maintain all progression standards outlined and provided by their cooperating hospital partner. See the College of Health Science Progression Standards  section of the catalog for more details. Students in the partnership program for Diagnostic Medical Sonography must adhere to the policies and requirements outlined by both Carroll University and their hospital program. 


CMP 112  and CMP 114  satisfy the Bachelor of Science requirement. Students can also take BUS 114   PBH 114 , or SOC 114   in place of CMP 114 . BUS 114 PBH 114 , or SOC 114   can satisfy the CMP 114  requirement for the major and CMP 112  and CMP 114 BUS 114 PBH 114 , or SOC 114   will satisfy the Bachelor of Science requirement.

Required Support Courses

Bachelor of Science Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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