BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers provide physicians and other healthcare providers with eyes and ears into a patient’s body, helping them to diagnose and treat cancer, blood clots and pregnancy complications.

About this program

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Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

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Careers in demand

Jobs for Diagnostic Imagining graduates are forecast to increase by 24% between 2014-2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016)

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Doing Good

Since 2013, Quinnipiac's CAI team, including Diagnostic Medial Sonography students, has provided services valued at more than $1.1 million to more than 1,600 underserved patients in the greater New Haven area.

Program Overview

Camber Uhlman, clinic coordinator of the ultrasound program, right, guides Andrea Baldick ’17 as she performs an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen. Baldick is among the many students who volunteer their time and skills in the free diagnostic imaging clinic for underserved populations.

Putting skills to work

Camber Uhlman, clinic coordinator of the ultrasound program, right, guides Andrea Baldick ’17 as she performs an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen. Baldick is among the many students who volunteer their time and skills in the free diagnostic imaging clinic for underserved populations.

As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll perform and interpret ultrasound scans to help physicians diagnose a range of diseases, assist surgeons with biopsies, and track the health and growth of developing fetuses. Our bachelor’s degree program, the first and only one of its kind in Connecticut, teaches you sophisticated sonographic procedures and technology, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work directly with patients in a range of settings, from physician’s offices and OB/GYN clinics, to hospitals and diagnostic laboratories.

The BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Quinnipiac emphasizes both flexibility and career mobility. We offer a traditional 4-year program, as well as a possible option to complete the degree in 3 years, on a competitive, space-available basis. The program affords you opportunities for clinical training in a variety of sub-specialties, including OB/GYN, breast, vascular, abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging. These options enable you to pursue multiple credentials in the field, increasing the number of jobs for which you qualify. This specialized training also provides the ideal foundation for those interested in pursuing medical school in the future.

During the professional component of the program, you’ll complete more than 1,400 hours of clinical field experience across 5 separate rotations. Your clinical education takes place in any of 20 affiliated locations across the state, including Diagnostic Imaging Associates, Gaylord Hospital, Whitney Medical Imaging and Southern Connecticut Vascular Center. Upon degree completion, students will be adequately prepared to challenge numerous ARDMS certification exams.

Community Care

Paula DeMaio, Clinic Coordinator of Community Access Imaging, and Julianne Clement, a Diagnostic Imaging student works prepare a patient for an MRI scan Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in North Haven, CT. Health Sciences and Diagnostic Imaging students participate Quinnipiac University's free diagnostic imaging program.

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez of Quinnipiac University received the Visionary Award from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

At work in the community

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez of Quinnipiac University and founder of Quinnipiac's Community Access Imaging Services, received the Visionary Award during the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce's 15th annual Regional Health Care Breakfast and Awards ceremony.

Gonzalez leads a team of students, faculty and staff from the School of Health Sciences' Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiologic Sciences and Physician Assistant programs, along with students from the School of Medicine, to offer free medical imaging services including ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, X-ray and bone density tests on the North Haven Campus. This work provides valuable training to students within these programs and direct benefit to members of the local community.

"This award is in recognition of our mission and it belongs to everybody involved with the clinic based at Quinnipiac," Gonzalez said. "That is what is important to me."
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez of Quinnipiac University and founder of Quinnipiac's Community Access Imaging Services

Many patients of the clinic are undocumented and uninsured or underinsured. Since 2013, Quinnipiac's CAI team has provided services valued at more than $1.1 million to more than 1,600 patients in the greater New Haven area. 

4-Year Curriculum and Requirements

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 4-Year Curriculum

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession. Furthermore, Academic Standing and Progression Committee recommendations regarding student progression, discipline or dismissal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab 1
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 2 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 2 3
DMS 100 Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging 1
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II 1
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 2 3
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab (UC Elective) 1,3
4
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
DMS 101
& 101L
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
and Sonography Laboratory Practicum I (UC Elective)
4
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Junior
Fall Semester
DMS 200 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMS 210
& 210L
Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography
and Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 250 Sonography Clinical Education I 3
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
DMS 201 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 220
& 220L
Vascular Sonography
and Vascular Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 260 Sonography Clinical Education II 3
DMS 297
& 297L
Methods of Patient Care (RS 297)
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
3
 Credits13
Summer Semester
DMS 270 Sonography Clinical Education III 5
 Credits5
Senior
Fall Semester
DMS 205 Human Anatomy Lab I 1
DMS 330
& 330L
OB/GYB Sonography
and OB/GYN Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 380 Sonography Clinical Education IV 3
DMS 414 Research Analysis and Critique (RS 414) 3
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
DMS 206 Human Anatomy Lab II 1
DMS 340
& 340L
Breast Sonography
and Breast Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 350
& 350L
Musculoskeletal Sonography
and MSK Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 390 Sonography Clinical Education V 3
DMS 499 Capstone (RS 499) 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121
1

BIO 101BIO 102 and PHY 101 are required courses for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and may be used to meet the university core sciences requirement.

2

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent.

3

Associated lab is required for Physics. PHY 110 with lab is acceptable to fulfill the requirement. Students may take in the fall or spring of their first year.

All Diagnostic Medical Sonography course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

3-Year Curriculum and Requirements

Please note: Admission to the diagnostic medical sonography program does not guarantee admission to the 3-year accelerated curriculum. There is extremely limited space available in the 3-year curriculum. Any student with an expressed interest in the 3-year curriculum must register for 17 credits for the fall semester freshmen year. Registering for 17 credits does not guarantee placement in the 3-year curriculum. Students will be chosen for the 3-year curriculum, competitively, based on their overall GPA and programmatic GPA at the end of the fall semester, and as space allows. 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3-Year Curriculum

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.  Furthermore, Academic Standing and Progression Committee recommendations regarding student progression, discipline or dismissal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab 1
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 2 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 2 3
UC elective 3 3
DMS 100 Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging 1
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II 1
4
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab 1,4
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 2 3
UC elective 3
DMS 101
& 101L
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
and Sonography Laboratory Practicum I
4
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Take two elective courses 5  
UC elective 3
UC elective 3
 Credits6
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
UC elective 3
DMS 200 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMS 210
& 210L
Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography
and Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 250 Sonography Clinical Education I 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
DMS 201 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 220
& 220L
Vascular Sonography
and Vascular Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 260 Sonography Clinical Education II 3
Select one of the following: 3
DMS 297
& 297L
Methods of Patient Care (RS 297)
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
3
 Credits20
Summer Semester
DMS 270 Sonography Clinical Education III 5
UC elective 5 3
 Credits8
Junior
Fall Semester
DMS 205 Human Anatomy Lab I 1
UC elective 3
DMS 330
& 330L
OB/GYB Sonography
and OB/GYN Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 380 Sonography Clinical Education IV 3
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
DMS 414 Research Analysis and Critique (RS 414) 3
 Credits17
J-term
UC elective 5 3
 Credits3
Spring Semester
UC Elective 3
RS 202
or DMS 206
Human Anatomy Imaging II
or Human Anatomy Lab II
1
DMS 340
& 340L
Breast Sonography
and Breast Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 350
& 350L
Musculoskeletal Sonography
and MSK Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 390 Sonography Clinical Education V 3
DMS 499 Capstone (RS 499) 3
 Credits18
 Total Credits124
1

BIO 101BIO 102 and PHY 101 are required courses for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and may be used to meet the university core sciences requirement.

2

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent.

3

If taking Physics in the fall, this UC elective should be taken in the spring semester.

4

Associated lab is required for Physics. PHY 110 with lab is acceptable to fulfill the requirement. Students may take in the fall or spring of their first year.

5

 Online or on campus.

All Diagnostic Medical Sonography course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

Qualifications and Requirements

The BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a rigorous program that places specific demands on its students.  As stated in the mission of the program, graduates of the program will meet the needs of the community as efficient and highly qualified professionals. 

Students in the program will be required to verify their understanding and compliance with the technical standards, or their belief that with reasonable accommodations these standards can be met, through reading, signing and returning the form to the program director.

In addition students are made aware of the program’s progression policy, health requirements to attend clinical internships and fees incurred. More detailed information can be found by downloading the PDF below.