Preparing you with hands-on, clinical training to help others

Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is a multi-specialty profession which utilizes high frequency sound waves to image the human body. Sonographers use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and applied critical thinking to assess function and the presence of disease processes. Sonographers work under the guidance of an interpreting physician in a variety of health care settings. Concordia University offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The degree includes two years of core requirements and prerequisite classes specific to the major. Qualified candidates must then apply to the DMS program. Two learning tracks/concentrations are available to CUW students: 1) General/Vascular and 2) Cardiac/Vascular. Students that choose to apply to the General/Vascular concentration are first considered by the CUW DMS program. Applicants not selected by the CUW DMS program are then forwarded to our partner program, Advocate Aurora Health (Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center). Students that choose the Cardiac Vascular concentration will apply through our partner program, Advocate Aurora Health (Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center).

Sample Careers
  • General Sonographer
  • Maternal fetal tech
  • Vascular sonographer
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

 Why Choose Sonography?

  • Interested in human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, technology, and patient care
  • Being a key member of a health care team
  • Providing one on one care to a variety of people
  • Using high tech instrumentation to create images of the human body to assist in medical diagnosis
  • Commitment to lifelong learning in a rapidly growing health care profession
  • Projected job growth for sonographers is 17% (much faster than average) between 2016-2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Designed 4 year completion in a growing market with a competitive salary. 2017 median wage level for a diagnostic medical sonographer according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is reported to be $71,410 with a range between $50,000 and $99,840.

CUW Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The didactic portion of the program is conducted on campus and the clinical coursework is conducted at our clinical affiliates in southeastern Wisconsin. The program offers education and learning concentrations in General/Vascular Sonography.

As a student, you will receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting. You will obtain the necessary preparation for your career through clinical experience in a medical setting. Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography have an opportunity to specialize in the following areas of sonography: obstetric and gynecologic, abdominal sonography, breast sonography, and vascular technology.

Hear what our students are saying about the program! 

At Concordia, you will experience:

  • Small class sizes enrich learning and professional growth
  • Integrated didactic, hands-on and clinical training to enhance learning
  • On-campus ultrasound lab dedicated to training sonography students
  • Diverse clinical rotations encompassing all specialties
  • 100% program completion rate
  • 100% of our graduates successfully obtain credentialing within one year
  • 100% positive job placement rate within 6 months of graduation
  • See more of our program outcomes here.
DMS Faculty

Lisa Reimer, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Chair – Imaging Department
Program Director - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Elyse Malik, BS, RDMS, RVT
Clinical Coordinator, Instructor – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program offers learning concentrations in both General Vascular and Cardiac Vascular Sonography. The didactic coursework is conducted by this program and the clinical coursework is conducted by Aurora clinical affiliates. If the student chooses to apply for the Cardiac/Vascular concentration, their application will be forwarded to this program. If the student chooses to apply to the General/Vascular concentration, their application will first be considered for the CUW General/Vascular program before it is forwarded to this program. Regardless of concentration or program, students that successfully complete all DMS program requirements will be granted a bachelor’s of science degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. To learn more about the DMS program through Aurora St Luke’s click here.

DMS Certificate Option 

This certificate award option is available to qualified candidates meeting the required pre-requisites if there are cohort vacancies not taken by traditional undergraduate DMS students. Students applying for the certificate DMS award option are encouraged to discuss availability with admissions and need to submit an application for consideration no later than the last day of the fall semester. Please contact admissions for prerequisites and detailed application information:

Kristin Newhouse

What to Expect
Through our DMS program you will learn how to:
  • Analyze technical information
  • Identify sonographic anatomy and pathology
  • Operate high tech ultrasound systems
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Collaborate with other health care service providers
Licensure / Certifications
Sonographers are required to pass a national certification board. There are several to choose from depending on specialization. The program prepares the student for certifying boards in Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Vascular Sonography, and Cardiac (available through Aurora St. Luke's).

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