How to Apply

To apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program you must complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application.

Pay for School

Contact Us

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
(414) 229-6237 • tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

Amanda Smith, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Program Director
(414) 229-3920 • smith989@uwm.edu

Melissa Klug, BS, RDMS (AB, OB/GYN), RVT
Program Clinical Coordinator
(414) 229-3920 • mkklug@uwm.edu

As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body — a critical tool to aid physicians in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.

This is a rigorous four-year undergraduate program that requires completing four or more semesters of preclinical course work to prepare for the two-year professional and clinical training. Because these programs include professional training in Milwaukee and Madison, you should be willing to relocate.

Choose between two clinical tracks:

  1. General/vascular sonography
  2. Echocardiography/vascular sonography

Our clinical affiliate options include:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The following information is for the UW-Milwaukee-sponsored Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program with clinical affiliates in the greater Milwaukee, WI area.

Why choose us?

  • UWM is the only public university in the state to grant a BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the only Wisconsin university to offer its own internal sonography program. Our students complete their classes and labs on our beautiful campus just blocks from Lake Michigan.
  • Enjoy small class sizes with courses taught by registered sonographers. We also offer convenient class options: Students enrolled in the general/vascular track have a mix of hybrid and online courses.
  • You’ll get plenty of hands-on learning through our on-campus scan lab as well as clinical rotations in a variety of health care settings: community hospitals, clinics, physician offices and an academic medical center. You’ll start your clinical rotations the first semester of the professional phase of the program.
  • Our students have a 100-percent pass rate on the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography’s certification exams.
  • UWM’s Diagnostic Imaging Student Association provides additional opportunities for education and networking.

Accreditation

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Diagnostic Medical Sonography is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program Overview

Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Milaukee (UWM) Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program is a 4-year baccalaureate program in which students complete 4 or more semesters of pre-clinical course work to prepare for the 2-year professional and clinical training. As a student at UWM, you may choose the UWM-sponsored DMS Program with clinical affiliates in the Milwaukee area. The program offers education with a learning concentration of General and Vascular Ultrasound.

The UWM Program

This program encompasses the professional/clinical training portion of the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) submajor.

Admittance into the professional/clinical training portion is competitive and not guaranteed. The program is rigorous, labor intensive and requires more time and commitment than many other areas of study.

Once admitted, you are typically in class 2 days a week and in clinical 3 days a week, and can expect to spend 40 hours per week in class and clinical.

Clinical rotations are 8 hours long. The 40-hour per week time commitment does not include time required for travel and studying.

Throughout the academic year, you will be expected to be available for learning experiences Monday through Saturday, and are strongly encouraged to limit employment and/or involvement in non-student related activities. Taking on too many responsibilities can increase your risk of failure in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Enrolled students do clinical rotations at assigned sites in the greater Milwaukee area.

Students complete hybrid and online courses and are required to come to campus at scheduled times during the 24 months for labs and other educational events. Online courses may require you to participate in synchronized class sessions via Skype, Google Plus, etc.

Credit is not awarded within the professional curriculum for experiential learning.

For more information, contact the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at (414) 229-3920.

Goals & Objectives

Goals & Objectives

Goals

The goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography General/Vascular Program is to prepare competent entry-level general/vascular sonographers in the following learning domains:

  • Cognitive (knowledge)
  • Psychomotor (skills)
  • Affective (behavior)

Objectives

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is designed to:

  1. Provide a program of instruction which will prepare you to meet the health care needs of the community and society.
  2. Provide the necessary practical and didactic education which will enable you to compete in the job market.
  3. Prepare you to work in a wide variety of settings by educating you in sound principles and techniques in all areas of the imaging laboratory/department.
  4. Provide instruction, evaluation and counseling so that you can achieve the objectives as defined for each clinical section.
  5. Provide safety guidelines to be followed, including universal precautions, for the safe handling of specimens and body fluids.
  6. Develop an understanding of professional ethics.
  7. Develop the foundation for you to advance on the career ladder and continue professional growth, if desired.
  8. Provide an understanding that the patient is the primary reason for the existence of the imaging laboratory and imaging personnel.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

67% – 2015 Program Completion Rate (calculated annually)

The number of students who complete the program within a cohort compared to the number who enrolled in the cohort initially.

2015 Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (calculated annually)

The number of graduates who pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations and obtain a credential compared with the number of graduates who attempt the examinations within one year of graduation.

  • 100% Abdomen
  • 75% OB/GYN
  • 75% Vascular Technology

100% – 2015 Positive Job Placement Rate (calculated annually)

The number of graduates employed in a related field, within six months of graduation, compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Diagnostic Medical Sonography” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Diagnostic Medical Sonography-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

Application Procedure
Application Procedure
Submit a UW System application and all appropriate transcripts to the Department of Admissions & Recruitment. If you meet UWM standard admission requirements, you will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “Biomedical Sciences Intended” major with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography submajor.

UWM Application Priority Dates
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
General Education Requirements for CHS
General Education Requirements for CHS
The following courses are required if you wish to receive your associate or bachelor’s degree:

UW-Colleges
Associate Degree
GER DesignationUW-Milwaukee Bachelor Degree
3-6Humanities6
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
11Natural Science/
Laboratory Science/
Math Science
6
9Social Science6
3Application and PerformanceN/A
N/AForeign Language**
3*Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity3
3*Interdisciplinary StudiesN/A

*You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

**For an explanation of the Foreign Language graduation requirement, refer to the General Education Requirement Policy.

Some courses required for the Biomedical Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography major also meet General Education Requirements. Contact a UWM College of Health Sciences advisor for additional information.

Transfer from UW Colleges
Transfer from UW Colleges
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

Direct admission to the major is not possible upon transfer; students transfer in as “Intended” and are required to apply and interview for clinical placement. Only students admitted to clinical training are admitted to the major.

UW-COLLEGES Course UWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
ENG 102English Composition II ENGLISH 102
MAT 110 College AlgebraMATH 105
CHE 125* (4cr)Introductory ChemistryCHEM 101*
CHE 204 (4cr) Applied Survey of BiochemistryCHEM 103
OR***
CHE 203*** (3cr) &
CHE 211* (1cr)
Survey of Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 103
CHEM 103
PHY 110* (4cr)Physics For Health ProfessionsPHYSICS 110*
BIO 280** &
BIO 281**
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202* &
BIO SCI 203*
OR**
BIO 285 &
BIO 286
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 202* &
BIO SCI 203*
MAT 117Elementary StatisticsMTHSTAT 215****

*Minimum grades of “C” are required in this course for the BMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography major.

**The combination of BIO 280 (WAS: PHS 235) and BIO 281 (WAS: ZOO 234) at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of BIO SCI 202 GE:NS+ 4 credits and BIO SCI 203 GE:NS+ 4 credits at UW-Milwaukee.

***CHE 203 taken WITHOUT CHE 211 is equivalent to CHEM ELECTIVE and NOT applicable to the major.

****Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the UWM BMS Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum.

Required Courses for Entry into the Major that are NOT Available in the UW Colleges’ Curriculum

Not applicable.

Students must have earned a 3.00 GPA at UWM by end of the Fall semester during which they apply. As a result, students are encouraged to transfer to UWM after a maximum of two semesters at a UWC campus and are encourage to start at UWM during the Fall semester. It is possible to be concurrently enrolled at a UWC and at UWM. Concurrent enrollment would allow you to take the required courses for your major at UWM while finishing up other course work at a UWC. Please contact an advisor at the UWC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

Suggested Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
*Foreign LanguageSecond Semester Foreign Language*

*For an explanation of the Foreign Language graduation requirement, refer to the General Education Requirement Policy.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Requirements Include
  • A minimum UWM GPA of 3.00. In order to meet this requirement, students must be enrolled at UWM during the Fall semester in which the student is applying
  • Complete a CNA course(Certified Nursing Assistant). NOTE: 100 hours of patient care contact beyond the CNA course are required for placement at Aurora-St. Luke’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the UW Hospital and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Student will need to provide documentation verifying the hours worked with an evaluation of their job performance. Completing the CNA course and hours by the professional training application deadline of November 1 is recommended.
  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for the following specified courses: PHYSICS 110, CHEM 101, BIOSCI 202, BIOSCI 203, BMS 301, BMS 302, BMS 303, BMS 304, and BMS 305.
  • Complete a CPR course. Applicants must complete a CPR course and provide proof of certification by the application deadline of November 1. The Basic Life Support course for Health Care Providers offered through the American Heart Association is required. Online CPR certification courses will not be accepted.
  • Satisfy requirements in Freshmen and Sophomore semesters, including UWM’s general education requirements, by June 1st prior to the start of professional training.
  • Complete a job shadowing experience.
Other Requirements for Entry into the Major

In addition to the application for admission to the University, students are required to complete the Clinical Professional Training application process. The Application begins a year prior to the desired clinical placement and it is ONLY offered during the months of September. Students are not eligible to begin the application process unless they have all application prerequisites completed or in progress at the time of application submission.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences/Diagnostic Medical Sonography submajor from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your UWC course work. Students are encouraged to consult a UWC advisor to plan curriculum that transfers to UWM fulfilling prerequisites, General Education Requirement credit, and other program requirements.

Semester I

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
Total Credits: 16-17
ENG 102 (3cr) English Composition II ENGLISH 102
MAT 110 (3cr)College AlgebraMATH 105
CHEM 125 (4cr) Introductory Chemistry*CHEM 101
BIO 285 (4cr) OR**
BIO 280** (3cr)
Anatomy & Physiology*
Human Anatomy*
BIO SCI 202
Social Sciences (3cr) Social SciencesGER-Social Sciences
Semester II

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course Title UW-MILWUAKEE
Total Credits: 17-18
MAT 117 (3cr) Elementary Statistics MTHSTAT 215
CHE 204 (4cr) OR
CHE 203 (3cr)
Applied Survey of Biochemistry* OR
Survey of Biochemistry*
CHEM 103
CHE 211 (1cr) Biochemistry Laboratory*
CHEM 103
BIO 286 (4cr) OR
BIO 281**(5cr)
Anatomy & Physiology* OR
Human Physiology*
BIO SCI 203
Humanities (3cr)HumanitiesGER-Humanities
Art (3cr)Fine Arts/Arts GER-Arts
*Minimum grades of “C” are required in this course for the BMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography major

**The combination of BIO 280 (WAS: PHS 235) and BIO 281 (WAS: ZOO 234) at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of BIO SCI 202 GE:NS+ 4 credits and BIO SCI 203 GE:NS+ 4 credits at UW-Milwaukee.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

Direct admission to the major is not possible upon transfer; students transfer in as “Intended” and are required to apply and interview for clinical placement. Only students admitted to clinical training are admitted to the major.

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
ENG 202English Composition 2English 102
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMath 105
Nat Sci 207General ChemistryChem 101*
Nat Sci 208Survey of BiochemistryChem 103*
Nat Sci 221***College Physics 1Physics 120/121*
Nat Sci 201Anatomy and Physiology 1Bio Sci 202*
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and Physiology 2Bio Sci 203*
Eng 198 OR Speech 201SpeechCommun 103
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
* Minimum grades of “C” are required in this course for the BMS-DMS major.
** Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the UWM Kinesiology curriculum.
*** Will serve as a substitute for Physics 110 in the DMS curriculum.

Required Courses for Entry into the Major that are NOT Available in the MATC Curriculum

Not applicable.

Students must have earned a 3.00 GPA at UWM by end of the Fall semester during which they apply. As a result, students are encouraged to transfer to UWM after a maximum of two semesters at an MATC campus and are encouraged to start at UWM during the Fall semester.

Suggested Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
3 CreditsArts/Fine Arts3 Credits
*Foreign Language (FL)Second Semester FL
*For an explanation of the Foreign Language graduation requirement, refer to the General Education Requirement Policy.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Requirements Include
  • A minimum UWM GPA of 3.00. In order to meet this requirement, students must be enrolled at UWM during the Fall semester in which the student is applying
  • Complete a CNA course(Certified Nursing Assistant). NOTE: 100 hours of patient care contact beyond the CNA course are required for placement at Aurora-St. Luke’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the UW Hospital and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Student will need to provide documentation verifying the hours worked with an evaluation of their job performance. Completing the CNA course and hours by the professional training application deadline of November 1 is recommended.
  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for the following specified courses: PHYSICS 110, CHEM 101, BIOSCI 202, BIOSCI 203, BMS 301, BMS 302, BMS 303, BMS 304, and BMS 305.
  • Complete a CPR course. Applicants must complete a CPR course and provide proof of certification by the application deadline of November 1. The Basic Life Support course for Health Care Providers offered through the American Heart Association is required. Online CPR certification courses will not be accepted.
  • Satisfy requirements in Freshmen and Sophomore semesters, including UWM’s general education requirements, by June 1st prior to the start of professional training.
  • Complete a job shadowing experience.
Other Requirements for Entry into the Major

In addition to the application for admission to the University, students are required to complete the Clinical Professional Training application process. The application begins a year prior to the desired clinical placement and it is ONLY offered to students in attendance at the mandatory application meeting held in early September.

Recommended Course Plan

Students can complete the vast majority of general education requirements and foundations coursework for this major at MATC before transferring to UWM. It is possible to be concurrently enrolled at MATC and at UWM. Concurrent enrollment allows a student to take the required courses for the Kinesiology major at UWM while finishing up other coursework at MATC. Please contact an advisor at the MATC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences/Diagnostic Medical Sonography from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your MATC course work. Students are encouraged to consult an MATC advisor to plan curriculum that transfers to UWM fulfilling prerequisites, General Education Requirement credit, and other program requirements.

Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
16-17 Total Credits
Eng 202English 2English 102*
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMath 105*
Nat Sci 207General ChemistryChem 101*
Nat Sci 201Anatomy & Physiology 1Bio Sci 202*
Social Sciences (3cr)Social SciencesGER-Social Sciences
Semester II

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
Total Credits: 17-18
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215
Nat Sci 208Survey of BiochemistryChem 103*
Nat Sci 202Anatomy & Physiology 2Bio Sci 203*
English 198 OR Speech 201SpeechCommun 103
Art (3cr)Arts/Fine ArtsGER-Arts
*Minimum grades of “C” are required in this course for the BMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography major

Registry Exam
Registry Exam
Individuals planning to enter the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to apply for the national registry examinations offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to earn his or her professional credentials in the appropriate specialty areas. Please visit the ARDMS website for more information: www.ardms.org
Contact
Contact

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
muellew@uwm.edu

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Admission Criteria

Students accepted into the professional training component complete their junior and senior years at one of the clinical affiliate professional training sites.

Entry into professional training is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER); and
  2. Completion of all required courses and electives in the freshman and sophomore semesters by May prior to the following fall start of the professional training; and
  3. Minimum UWM cumulative grade point average of 3.00; and
  4. Completion of coursework in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training. 100 hours of patient care work beyond the CNA training may also be required. Additional requirements vary by clinical training site and program.

You should meet with your academic advisor for more detailed information related to progression into the professional training. To schedule a meeting with an advisor, call (414) 229-2758.

Admission to the professional training is competitive and not guaranteed. Upon acceptance into the UWM sponsored professional training, you will follow the curriculum specific to the UWM program and must comply with site-specific rules/policies that govern behavior in the professional setting, grading standards and related issues or activities. Please note this includes evidence of health insurance coverage and successful completion of a background check, drug screen and physical prior to the start of the professional curriculum.

Background Check

If you have been asked to have a criminal background check done in preparation for placement in the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program, you must attend the UWM DMS Clinical Placement meeting. The Program notifies accepted students of the meeting date and time via e-mail. It is typically held towards the end of the Spring semester. Information regarding the criminal background check, clinical placement requirements, and creating a CastleBranch account is provided at the meeting.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Waiver

Applicants who believe that they exceed the patient care requirement because of extensive direct patient care work experience may request a waiver of the CNA prerequisites.

  • You must send an email to the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program formally requesting a waiver.
  • After the initial written request is received by the program, the student will be provided with the required documents to submit the CNA waiver request.
  • The Selection Committee will vote and will notify you of their decision. The Selection Committee’s decision is final.
  • The Selection Committee will make the final decisions on placements and will notify applicants by email.
  • Eligibility is conditional. You must complete the required course work, maintain a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 3.00, and fulfill all clinical onboarding requirements.

Application Process

Prior to each fall semester, an annual September mandatory meeting is held for students ready to apply to the 2-year professional training. You will be notified ahead of time and will receive the most current application information at the meeting.

In addition to attending the September mandatory application information meeting, students must complete all the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the UWM College of Health Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Form. Submit it along with an autobiographical statement, 2 letters of recommendation and other required applications materials to UWM Northwest Quadrant, Building B, 6th floor by November 1.
  2. Compose an autobiographical statement that includes a description of yourself and your accomplishments, including:
    • Your work experience including any within health care,
    • Your reasons for choosing sonography as your profession, and
    • Your future goals.

    Text should be kept to 1 page, double-spaced, and typed on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

  3. Submit 2 recommendation letters. References may be employers, teachers, TA’s, clergy, or other qualified individuals, excluding relatives and friends. Recommendation letters should be completed by the recommender, placed in a sealed envelope, signed with a name over the seal and returned to the applicant. Applicants should submit the 2 sealed letters along with the other application materials.

Review of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs and the Program Director will review all application materials and transcripts on each applicant to verify that the admission criteria have been satisfied.

Mandatory Program Information Meeting

All qualified applicants will be contacted via email of the date, time and location of the mandatory program information meeting, held in January or February. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program’s mission, philosophy and program design.

Interviews for Professional/Clinical Training

At the conclusion of the mandatory program information meeting, students will receive a letter detailing the date, time and location of their interview.

Interviews with the Selection Committee are typically conducted between February and March.

Clinical Placements

  • Only those most qualified will be invited to proceed through each step of the application process.
  • Those applicants whose qualifications indicate the greatest potential for professional and personal development are selected for enrollment.
  • The Selection Committee will make the final decisions on placements and will notify applicants by mail.
  • The admission process is highly competitive due to the limited number of student positions available.
  • Eligibility is conditional, that is, you must complete the required course work and maintain a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Important Information

  • Applicants should schedule an appointment through the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs (414) 229-2758 to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to ensure that all academic records are in order.
  • A background check and a physical examination are required on all students prior to the start of the professional training. Drug screens may also be requested by the clinical education sites.
  • Students are required to maintain current CPR certification throughout the 24-month professional training program.
  • Students are required to carry health insurance while in professional training.
  • Limited employment is recommended during the professional training.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

Students take hybrid and online courses and are required to come to campus at scheduled times during the 24 months for labs and other educational events. Online courses may require students to participate in synchronized class sessions via Skype, Google Plus, etc.

Clinical education rotations start in the first fall semester of the professional training. Enrolled students attend scheduled clinical education rotations throughout the program.The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is based on a full-time, 24-month (40 hours per week) course of study.

The academic year runs from September to August. Students attend classes and clinical during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is organized and operated in accordance with the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

The standards and guidelines are adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The review committee is responsible for evaluating education programs and formulating accreditation recommendations. The current standards can be viewed on the JRC-DMS website.

Get Involved

Get Involved

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education
The program includes didactic and clinical instruction which integrates classroom teaching and hands-on clinical experience in the performance of sonographic examinations.

The program places great emphasis on clinical training, in addition to a rigorous didactic curriculum. You will adhere to a weekly schedule that includes 2 days of classes and 3 to 4, 8-hour days of clinical training (depending on the semester).

Some clinical rotations may be scheduled during evening and weekend hours. You will never be required to exceed 40 hours per week.

The program employs a “competency-based” approach to the clinical education of sonography. You must demonstrate skills and abilities that meet expectations outlined in the program objectives before you are eligible for graduation.

The program objectives are designed to ensure that you have the ability to perform sonographic examinations at competent levels by the end of your clinical training.

You must demonstrate knowledge of current scanning techniques in the field of medical sonography and ultrasound equipment manipulation before entering careers in the allied health profession.

Your clinical performance will be evaluated using criteria that incorporates data provided by the registered sonographers and technologists at the clinical sites and reviewed by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director and appropriate program staff.

The nature of diagnostic medical imaging is always changing. Student assignments in any clinical area are subject to change because of variations in patient flow, availability of equipment, educational opportunities and/or staffing.

Graduation

Graduation
Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography submajor are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 3.00
  3. Completion of all required courses and electives
  4. A grade of C or better in all professional level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification
UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program graduates are eligible to take certification examinations offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) specialty exams under prerequisite 3B.Enrolled students are eligible to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation ARDMS exam after successful completion of the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation course that is offered during Spring semester. Students are eligible to take the following specialty registries upon graduation from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:

  • Abdomen, OB/GYN and
  • Vascular Technology.

For information regarding the registry examinations, contact the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
(800) 541-9754
www.ardms.org

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $67,530 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $93,850.

The median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $54,330 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,110, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,940.

Expected Growth

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most sonographers work in hospitals or clinics, though opportunities are growing in physicians’ offices and in diagnostic laboratories.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Clinical Policies & Procedures

Clinical Policies & Procedures

Academic Standards

The UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has the following grading scale for all clinical courses:

92% – 100% A
85% – 91.9% B
80% – 84.9% C
74% – 79.9% D
Below 74% F

The UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will not round grades for any clinical or didactic courses.

Academic Probation

In the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, students are required to maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA. Students need to progress sequentially in this program and will not be allowed to continue if they do not complete a class in the professional curriculum with a letter grade of C or better.

Probation is imposed on students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00.

A student on academic probation whose semester GPA is 2.00 or better, but whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.00, is permitted to continue on academic probation.

Students will be advised by the Program Director at mid-term if they are not passing their course with a letter grade of a C.

If a student’s grade falls below a letter grade of C at mid-term, the Program Director will meet with the student and inform him/her that if they do not pass the course with a grade of C or better they will be dismissed from the program.

If a student is dismissed from the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, they will need to reapply to be readmitted and will need to take all course work again. Re-admittance into the program is not guaranteed.

Repeating Courses

Students enrolled in the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will not be allowed to repeat a course in the professional curriculum. Any student not receiving a grade of a “C” in any course will be dismissed from the program.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition is billed and paid to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Tuition is assessed by the number of credit hours for which the student is registered. The UWM tuition is at www.uwm.edu/admission/financialaid.cfm

Refund of Tuition and Fees

View UWM’s refund policy at uwm.edu/registrar/tuition-fees-assessment-for-drops/

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Handbook

Students accepted into the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program receive a copy of the Program Handbook prior to starting their professional training. Included are the policies and procedures that pertain only to those students who are enrolled in the UWM Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Program which provides its clinical education experience through hospitals and clinics in the greater Milwaukee area.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

The following information is for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics-sponsored Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, with clinical affiliates in Madison, WI.

Accreditation

Accreditation
You may review the affiliated programs accrediation status by going to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) website.They may be contacted at (727) 210-2350 or www.caahep.org

Admission

Admission

Admission requirements to College of Health Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Program for students with a CHS background

Please see the UWHC website for the most up-to-date information.

Admission requirements to College of Health Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Program for students without a CHS background

Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any of the College of Health Sciences majors, you should meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Affairs to plan your curriculum. Please call (414) 229-2758 for an appointment or information.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

Get Involved

Get Involved

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Admission Criteria

Students accepted into the professional training component complete their junior and senior years at one of the clinical affiliate professional training sites off campus. The professional training is time intensive, requiring students to commit to a 40+ hour week. Entry into professional training is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER); and
  2. Completion of all required courses and electives in the freshman and sophomore semesters by May prior to the following fall start of the professional training; and
  3. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00; and
  4. Earning a grade of “C” or better in PHYSICS 110, CHEM 101, BIOSCI 202, BIOSCI 203, BMS 301, BMS 302, BMS 303, BMS 304 and BMS 305.

Additional requirements vary by clinical training site and program. You should meet with your academic advisor for more detailed information related to progression into the professional training. To schedule a meeting with an advisor, call (414) 229-2758.

Application Process

Prior to each fall semester, an annual September mandatory meeting is held for students ready to apply to the 2-year professional training. You will be notified ahead of time and will receive the most current application information at the meeting.

In addition to attending the September mandatory meeting, you must complete all of the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Form (General Sonography or Echocardiography) and submit it along with an autobiographical statement and 2 letters of recommendation and other required applications materials to UWM Northwest Quadrant, Building B, 6th floor by November 1.
  2. Compose an autobiographical statement that includes a description of yourself and your accomplishments, including:
    • Your work experience, including any within health care,
    • Your reasons for choosing sonography as your profession, and
    • Your future goals.

    Text should be kept to 1 page, double-spaced and typed on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

  3. Submit 2 recommendation letters. References may be employers, teachers, TA’s, clergy or other qualified individuals, excluding relatives and friends. Recommendation letters should be completed by the recommender, placed in a sealed envelope, signed with a name over the seal and returned to the applicant. Applicants should submit the 2 sealed letters along with the other application materials.

Review Of Applicants

All application materials and applicant transcripts will be verified so that the admission criteria have been satisfied. The completed application materials, letters of recommendation and a copy of each applicant’s college transcripts will be forwarded to the program directors at the clinical training sites.

Interviews with Affiliate Sites

The hospital program directors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) will review the application materials and contact applicants to set up an interview.

Clinical Placements

The affiliate site (UWHC) will make the final decisions on placements and will notify applicants by mail. Eligibility is conditional, that is, you must complete the required course work and maintain a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided during orientation at the professional clinical training site.

Important Information

  • Schedule an appointment through the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs at (414) 229-2758 to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to ensure that all academic records are in order.
  • A Background Check and a physical examination are required on all students prior to the start of the professional training. Drug screens may also be requested by the clinical affiliate site.
  • Eligible applications with transcripts will be forwarded to the affiliate site(s).
  • Book fees for the clinical training will cost approximately $2,500.
  • You are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. University fees will be charged.
Essential Functions

Essential functions represent the essential non-academic requirements that all students must master to successfully participate in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography professional training and become employable.

Physical Characteristics
  • You must have the ability to organize and accurately perform the individual steps of the ultrasound examination in proper sequence.
  • You are expected to examine patients who may have communicable diseases and/or other health problems.
  • You must have the capability to be independently mobile.
  • You must have the hearing and visual acuity sufficient to perform ultrasound examinations, observe patients, read monitors, and document and hear equipment alarms.
  • You must have ability to:
    • Transport patients from wheel chairs and patient carts to an examination table (to lift more than 50 pounds routinely).
    • Sit/stand for prolonged periods of time.
    • Work with arms routinely.
    • Push and pull routinely.
    • Kneel and squat routinely.
    • Work within a limited space.
    • Transport mobile ultrasound equipment to patient rooms, operating rooms, and research laboratories.
Mental & Emotional Characteristics
  • You must be able to work under stress and maintain self-control.
  • You must have both patience and tact in dealing with others.
  • You must be emotionally stable.
  • You must be able to organize and plan work in a logical sequence.
  • You must be able to use sound judgment in making decisions.
  • You must be able to adapt to new situations.
  • You must demonstrate problem-solving skills.
Personal Characteristics
  • You must be neat in appearance.
  • You must have a positive attitude.
  • You must enjoy working with others.
  • You must be able to follow instructions.
  • You must be willing to accept responsibility.
  • You must be accountable.
  • You must have empathy for patients.
  • You must be service oriented.
  • You must demonstrate good moral character.

Corrective devices and reasonable accommodations may be used to satisfy these Essential Functions.

Graduation

Graduation
Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography submajor are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 3.00
  3. Completion of all required courses and electives
  4. A grade of C or better in all professional level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Certification Requirements for Professional Practice

Once you complete an accredited program, you are qualified to apply for registration through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
(800) 541-9754
www.ardms.org

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $67,530 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $93,850.

The median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $54,330 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,110, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,940.

Expected Growth

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most sonographers work in hospitals or clinics, though opportunities are growing in physicians’ offices and in diagnostic laboratories.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations