Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are highly-skilled professionals who use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. Sonographers demonstrate behavior and ethics consistent with standards and ethics of all imaging science professionals. Sonographers are involved in critical thinking skills, clinical decision making and patient education.

Learn More About DMS at an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 3:00 pm at Cedar Point Center room 1004


The BGSU Firelands College 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 Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350, www.caahep.org

Learning Outcomes
Graduates from this program will possess the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors:

  • To prepare competent entry- level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Understand the relationship between theoretical and clinical components of the curriculum and apply these principles to proper anatomical part presentation, pathological adjustments required for optimal examination, quality of image, and care for all patient age groups at a rate not less than 74%, as evidenced in student grade and competency records.
  • Apply interpersonal skills appropriately to meet the needs of patients in a variety of clinical settings, as documented in directed practice assessment at the level of satisfactory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate didactic knowledge and clinical information relative to their role as entry-level general sonographers.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in clinical and scanning skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level general sonographer for the general concentration.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer standards and expectations for an entry-level general sonographer.
  • Complete the credentialing examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as documented by the report of registry results to the program. Pass rate to exceed programmatic accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrate independent decision making and competent skills performance in the role of primary care provider in a broad range of sonography and intervention services, as determined by an analysis of employer surveys and graduate surveys

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by Commission on of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.