Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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If you have questions about this website or need additional information about Diagnostic Medical Sonography, contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2176.

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How do I know if I qualify for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

Is the program accredited?

  • Yes. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). Washburn University is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).

How long is the program?

  • Cardiac Only = 12 months
  • Vascular Only = 12 months
  • General/Vascular = 22 months

When does the program begin?

  • August, every year

What if I want to pursue an additional specialty?

  • Each student will start out in one specialty.  Students are welcome to pursue whatever other specialty we offer in the program after completion of the first specialty if they choose to do so.  Finding an appropriate clinical site for this additional specialty is still required.

What is the learning format for this program?

  • This program in online except for the clinical requirements, which are done in various sonography departments.

Where are the Washburn University DMS Clinical Sites?

  • We have clinical sites spread out throughout the United States, Canada, and a few other locations worldwide.  **Students may be required to drive significant distances in able to obtain a clinical site placement.

When is the application deadline?

  • Primary deadline is February 1

Is there an application fee?

  • At this time, there is not an application fee for the DMS program.  However there is a fee associated with a Washburn University application

How much time should students expect to spend on the online courses?

  • The clinical portion of this program is 24 hours per week for the entirety of the program. Time spent on coursework varies with how many credit hours are required and the study habits of the student. Course schedules are listed on this website which lists how many credit hours are required each semester.

How many credit hours are required?

Does the Washburn University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program grant a degree?

  • Students receive a certificate after completion of each specialty in the program.  Many students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree do so at Washburn through our BHS program

Will I be able to sit for my registry examinations upon completion of the program?

How many students does the program accept each year?

  • This number is subject to change.  An average class is between 30 and 35 students each year.

NOTE:  All students accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must be certified in CPR and have a background check performed prior to placement in the clinical facility. In addition, students must provide proof of vaccinations, complete a physical examination form by a medical doctor and provide proof of health insurance.

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