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Explore the Unseen with Ultrasound Technology

Step into the fascinating world of diagnostic medical sonography, where you’ll wield the power of high-frequency sound waves to create dynamic visual images of the human body’s intricate interior. As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll play a pivotal role in the diagnostic process, providing physicians with essential imaging information to aid in their medical decision-making. Your expertise will contribute significantly to their diagnostic evaluations, ultimately leading to better patient care.

The field of diagnostic medical sonography offers a diverse range of career opportunities, allowing you to tailor your path to your interests and aspirations. Work in hospitals, clinics, or physician’s offices, contributing to the diagnostic needs of patients across various healthcare settings.

Step into the World of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Discover the Rewards of a Life-Changing Career.

The BenU Difference

Illuminate the Inner Body with Cutting-Edge Technology

Harness the power of ultrasound, a non-invasive and radiation-free technology, to produce real-time images of organs, tissues, and blood flow within the body. Delve into the complexities of human anatomy and physiology, gaining a profound understanding of the structures and processes you’ll be visualizing.

As technology continues to advance, the field of diagnostic medical sonography is poised for continued growth and innovation. Stay at the forefront of this dynamic field by pursuing continuing education opportunities and exploring emerging technologies.

Join the ranks of diagnostic medical sonographers and make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Your expertise and dedication will illuminate the unseen, providing invaluable insights for patient diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Track Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Complete the first three years of coursework at Benedictine University with at least 90 semester credit hours.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.800 or above.
  • Fulfill all college graduation requirements before entering the clinical education program.

Clinical Education Requirements

  • Apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for the clinical education curriculum during the junior year.
  • Successfully complete an 18-month, 45-semester-credit-hour clinical education curriculum at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
  • Demonstrate strong clinical performance and maintain a satisfactory GPA throughout the clinical education program.

Additional Requirements

The admissions process for the clinical education program is competitive.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Qualification as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.

A Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) degree opens doors to a multitude of rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities in the healthcare industry.

Here are the top five career paths you can pursue with this qualification:

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: This is the primary career path for DMS graduates. Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technicians, utilize high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images of internal organs, tissues, and blood flow. They play a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring various medical conditions, including abdominal disorders, heart abnormalities, and fetal development.

Cardiac Sonographer: Cardiac sonographers specialize in the use of ultrasound to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. They perform echocardiograms, which provide detailed images of the heart’s valves, chambers, and blood flow, aiding in the diagnosis and management of heart conditions.

Vascular Sonographer: Vascular sonographers focus on the assessment of the vascular system, including arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. They employ ultrasound to detect blockages, aneurysms, and other abnormalities in the vascular system, contributing to the prevention and treatment of vascular diseases.

Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonographer: Obstetric and gynecologic sonographers specialize in ultrasound imaging of the female reproductive system. They perform prenatal ultrasounds to monitor fetal development, assess maternal health, and detect potential abnormalities. They also conduct gynecologic ultrasounds to diagnose and manage conditions such as ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis.

Research Sonographer: DMS graduates with advanced degrees or specialized training can pursue careers as research sonographers. They conduct research studies using ultrasound technology to investigate new diagnostic techniques, develop better imaging protocols, and explore the applications of ultrasound in various medical fields.

These are just a few of the many exciting career opportunities available with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. With your strong foundation in sonographic principles, technical skills, and patient care, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others while pursuing a rewarding and fulfilling career in healthcare.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program:

  • Fundamentals of Sonography
  • Sectional Anatomy for Sonographers
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology Sonography
  • Abdomen Pathology
  • Introduction to Pediatrics and Vascular Imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses (DMSC)

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Clinical Education Requirements

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.

Principles of Participation

Most healthcare professional schools do not require that you study a specific academic major. Many students choose Health Science or Biology because there is significant overlap of major courses and prerequisites. However, we recommend that if you have a passion in another area, you can and should major in that area. Graduates who do this find they can incorporate this area of passion into their professional life for a more satisfying career. In addition to your academic (major) advisor, all pre-health profession students should work with a pre-health advisor to guide you in choosing courses that are required for entry into the medical or other healthcare professional school of your choice. Your pre-health advisor will also work with you to ensure that your extracurricular activities are appropriate for successful admission to a healthcare professional program.

The Office of Pre-Health Professions Programs is responsible for supporting students interested in a health profession career. The office is the primary advising center within the University for the health professions and provides career information to students interested in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary science, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. This office also coordinates health profession practica. Additional programs are available in Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiation Therapy through the Bachelor of Arts in Biology program, and prepare students for progression into Rush University’s MS in Respiratory Care.

Benedictine students and alumni interested in a health professional school after graduation and who meet the criteria are eligible to participate in the HPRC process.

Please read through the information below carefully. Should you have any questions, please contact Karen Mulacek, the HPRC Coordinator.

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