Diagnostic Medical Sonography

program overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) is a medical technology using highly sophisticated, computer driven imaging devices to produce dynamic multi-dimensional visual images of organs, tissue and blood flow. As a radiation-free medical imaging modality, it provides important clinical information for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Sonographers are part of a medical team, which includes physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who provide essential clinical information that is used to plan treatment and care for patients. There are several areas of specialization in the field of sonography which include obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, echocardiography, breast and pediatric sonography. This technically challenging, patient focused field demands that sonographers demonstrate a high level of decision making, diagnostic responsibility and critical thinking skills. Sonographers have extensive direct patient contact which includes performing invasive procedures. They are expected to be both technically competent and compassionate while effectively dealing with patients who may range from very healthy to critically ill.

The two-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Center for Allied Health Education (CAHE) is noted for excellence of its classroom teachers and clinical instructors, as students benefit from a full and varied curriculum with both didactic and clinical experience components. Individuals ultimately gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service and thereby achieve great success in the field.


Clinical rotations are guaranteed in the respective specialties for each of the above tracks.

Through the strategic partnership with SUNY Empire State College (SUNY ESC), graduates who enter the program without a degree will be awarded an associate degree from SUNY ESC, as well as a certificate from Center for Allied Health Education. Students who enter the program having previously achieved an associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution will earn a Certificate of Completion from Center for Allied Health Education's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Upon successful completion of the program and by meeting all financial obligations, graduates are eligible to submit an application to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS): the national certification exam for the field.

Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to graduate from the Program:

  1. Have met all academic requirements
  2. Have met all clinical requirements and attain all required competencies
  3. Have returned their swipe card, ID card, etc.
  4. Meet all financial obligations

Students who have not fulfilled their graduation requirements have forty-two weeks from their originally scheduled graduation date to complete all missing graduation requirements.

A C average - an index (GPA) of 2.0 - is required for graduation.

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