Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree Program
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students to perform general sonography on the abdomen, pregnant and non-pregnant pelvis, fetal structures and fetal measurements, superficial structures and segments of the vascular system.
Upon successful completion of the program you could acquire the RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) credential in Abdomen and Obstetrics by passing the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam, or the RT (S) (Registered Technologist—Sonography) in Abdomen and Obstetrics by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam. These credentials could open additional doors to employment.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is expected to increase by twenty percent between 2016 and 2026. The salary range in Illinois is $52,100 to $100,510 with a median salary of $74,760.1
1 onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2032.00, retrieved 5/9/2019
Program length – 19 months
The program includes a blend of academic and clinical classes to help you understand the art and science of sonography. You’ll study anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of scanned organs, and learn the appropriate scanning protocols. The externship component includes a progressive supervised training experience in a clinical environment.
This comprehensive program also includes course work in general education to meet the requirements of an associate degree.
Also known as ultrasound technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. People are most familiar with the ultrasound procedure that produces images of an unborn baby. Sonograms are also useful in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the abdomen, breasts, heart and blood vessels and, more recently, in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.