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Diagnostic Medical Sonography


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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body.

Sonographers work closely with physicians by providing diagnostic images and a summary of technical findings to aid in reaching a medical diagnosis. This is a non-radiation modality, and it may be used on any patient, from unborn babies to the elderly. Sonographers may work in a hospital, a clinic, a physician’s office, education, sales or as an applications specialist.

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Students in the diagnostic medical sonography program have the opportunities to:

Perform diagnostic sonography procedures and obtain sonographic diagnostic images.
Use independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of a procedure according to diagnostic findings.
Provide an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
Collaborate with members of the health care team to analyze technical information.
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How does the program work?

In Diagnostic Medical Sonography, you will complete your first three years of course work at Benedictine University. You should complete all college graduation requirements during these three years while maintaining a GPA of 2.8 or above. During your junior year, you apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for your clinical education. The admissions process is competitive. During your senior year, you will complete an 18-month, 45-semester-hour clinical education curriculum at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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B.A. in Biology

When you complete this curriculum, you will be awarded the B.A. in Biology-Allied health, and a certificate of qualification as a diagnostic medical sonographer. ‚ÄčStudents are eligible to be certified through examination by the national certifying agency,¬†American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Students are prepared to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen and OB/GYN examinations.