Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Diagnostic Medical Sonography? - Program Spotlight
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce images and data that assist health care professionals diagnose various disease and disease processes. Sonographers are taught to work independently and to operate highly technical ultrasound equipment to acquire sonographic images. Physicians depend on the sonographer's assistance with interpretation of the images to evaluate many body parts and structures, especially of the abdomen and pelvis.
Students enter the professional sequence of the program in the fall semester and spend the first three semesters on the Big Rapids campus. Studies during this period include general education and technical courses. Laboratory periods provide an opportunity to apply the theory and principles learned in the lecture sessions. During the final three semesters students work with patients in an off-campus clinical center. These sites are located throughout the state in hospitals affiliated with the University to provide clinical experience and continued academic instruction.
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination as well as the Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty exams.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a newly designated occupational category by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics within the imaging sciences field as of 2001. Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses.
The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $72,510 in May 2018. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, must faster than the general employment average.
Sonography, an ever-evolving profession, offers its practitioners many opportunities to enhance and advance careers. Sonographers can specialize in such diverse areas as the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, echocardiography, vascular technology, neurosonology and ophthalmology. They can work in clinics, hospitals, private practice, public health facilities, labs and other medical settings or branch out into education, administration, research or sales.
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Ferris State University
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The Ferris State University Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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