What is DMS?

Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke.

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) defines sonography as a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan.

Why Choose Washburn University's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

  • All didactic course work is completed in a Distance Learning (on-line) format
  • Our program has been delivered in a Distance Learning (on-line) format for over 11 years
  • Students are eligible to sit for the ARDMS or CCI
  • Certification examinations upon graduation
  • Clinical education can usually be arranged close to students home
  • Students work closely with registered ultrasound faculty
  • Washburn faculty has over 70 years of ultrasound experience
  • Washburn University's location allows for affiliation with large medical centers, private doctor's offices and clinics, and smaller community hospitals
  • Students are provided with a large variety of clinical experiences
  • According to the latest SDMS Salary Survey, the median salary figure for sonographers is $66,768


The Washburn 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.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

Washburn University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts.

Admission Criteria

  • Associates degree or higher in healthcare program with hands-on patient care clinical rotations.
  • Examples:
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Occupational Therapist Assistant
    • Registered Nurse
    • *LPN (Associate Degree Programs OR if it is a Certificate Program then an Associate Degree in another field is still required)
    • Other hands-on healthcare certifications/licenses may be considered on an individual basis. Anything considered here would most likely entail years of service working in a hospital doing some sort of direct patient care work where that hospital/facility would be willing to host the student for clinical training. One example would be an EKG tech that a cardiac department wants to train in cardiac sonography.


  • Completion of the following required courses with a C or better. Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher.
    • Statistics, Intermediate Algebra, or higher mathematics course
    • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics
    • Communication skills (English, speech, or composition)
    • Human anatomy (can be combined with physiology)
    • Human physiology (can be combined with anatomy)
    • Medical Terminology

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by the end of May of the preceding August start date. For example, if you are applying for the August 2019 start date, then all pre-requested coursework must be completed by May of 2019.

Employers may request a waiver on the admissions criteria if they have a specific employee they want to be trained. The employer would be expected to host the employee as a student and the facility must also meet our accreditation requirements. The employee also must have all pre-requisite courses completed or in progress at the time of applying.


  • Cardiac
  • General
  • Vascular

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.

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.

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Last updated October 12, 2018
This course is Online, Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Aug 2019
12 months
16,254 USD
General track tuition. Cardiac track $13,986.00. Vascular track $13,986.00.
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End Date
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