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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of internal organs, tissue, and blood flow. Sonographers assist physicians with making a medical diagnosis by providing technical images and findings. Elmhurst College has an affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) where after enrolling at Elmhurst, students can apply to NMH to gain additional education and valuable hands-on experience in this exciting medical field. If accepted to this program by NMH, students will major in biology at Elmhurst College and spend three years on campus and the final phase of their academic and clinical training at NMH.

What does a diagnostic medical sonographer do?

Diagnostic medical sonographers work with physicians and patients to create high-quality diagnostic images. Here are just some of the things you’ll do as an DMS:

  • Obtain and record an accurate patient history 
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and obtain appropriate sonographic images 
  • Analyze technical information 
  • Use independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings 
  • Provide oral or written summary of technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis 
  • Collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team

What should I major in?

Students applying for the affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital must major in health science technology. Students applying after graduation can major in anything they like as long as they complete the prerequisite courses for the program.

What are the academic requirements?

If accepted, students will complete three years of college courses on site at Elmhurst College, and then spend the final phase of clinical/academic education (18 months) on site at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of program completion for DMS and be eligible to take required certifying examinations through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in addition to earning a bachelor's degree. Students who are accepted into the program will pay Elmhurst tuition for courses at Elmhurst and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in addition to any college or program fees. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is located at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950 in Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Below are required courses for students applying for the affiliation as a biology major, but students should speak with an advisor for further details.

Required courses:

BIO 200, 201, 207, 208, 300
CHM 211, 212, 311, 312
ENG 105, 106
MTH 132, 345
PHY 111, 112
HST 400, 498
CS 111
FYS 100
Other Elmhurst College Integrated Curriculum Requirements

What about advising?

You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

How do I become certified?

When you successfully complete your academic and clinical program, you’ll be eligible to take required certifying examinations administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Where can I find additional information?

You can start by visiting the website for the DMS program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. For more help, contact Elmhurst’s health professions advising team.

Any student interested in applying is responsible for learning about all the requirements for the program. Admission to Elmhurst College does not guarantee acceptance into a program affiliation.
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