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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The power of a picture.

Diagnostic medical imaging, or sonograms, are often the first imaging test performed when disease is suspected or to follow ongoing conditions. And you’re on the front line. With the images you capture, you can give new parents-to-be a first look at their unborn baby. Help guide surgeons to deliver treatment directly where patients need it. Track a patient’s tumor and help physicians make informed decisions on how to best treat her. Or even see inside a patient’s heart, and be part of the team that gets him back on his feet.

Become a highly skilled advanced imaging specialist.

Working with the latest technology in our labs, you’ll learn to use sound waves (ultrasound) to produce two-, three- and even four-dimensional dynamic images of tissue, organs, abdominal and pelvic structures, and blood flow inside the human body – all while keeping your patient’s mind at ease. You’ll work closely with physicians to provide accurate detection and diagnosis of medical conditions, and deliver expert, reliable and compassionate healthcare.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at MCPHS expose students to all specialties within the field of ultrasound, with respect to their learning concentration: Diagnostic Medical Sonography- General Track or Echocardiography Track*.

Modern Facilities

Our state of the art sonography laboratories expose our students to the most advanced technology available as well as equipment that is designed for proper ergonomics while scanning.  Students spend, at minimum, two semesters scanning in our laboratories before going on clinical rotations. This experience allows students to develop scanning fundamentals based on the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) practice standards, which will enhance their clinical experience in a hospital or outpatient setting. 

Prestigious Affiliations

Partnerships with premier medical institutions enable students to gain exposure and experience in leading healthcare institutions.

Clinical Experience

Students complete more than 1,000 hours of hands-on clinical training in clinical facilities throughout New England. During clinical rotations, students are exposed to a range of diverse and invaluable learning experiences.

Accelerated Programs

Allow students to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and begin their careers in diagnostic medical sonography in just 3 years

Fast Track Programs

Allow students with a previous bachelor’s degree or previous college credit to begin their careers in diagnostic medical sonography in just 15-24 months

*Worcester Echocardiography Track (Fast Track) program is Adult Echocardiography only.

A field of growth

The ultrasound field is ever expanding, with specialties in OB-GYN, abdominal, vascular, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, breast, and adult, pediatric, and fetal echocardiography. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for sonographers is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other occupations, with a potential 14% increase in jobs by 2028.

Well-prepared

With innovative training and clinical internship opportunities in New England's premier healthcare institutions, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter the field in their chosen area of expertise. The bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography gives graduates the comprehensive education required to become leaders in the profession.

Well-paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $67,080 in May 2018.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The mission of the MCPHS University Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is to prepare graduates to perform duties of entry-level sonographers in delivering high quality healthcare, preserving the dignity of every patient by providing compassion and care of the highest standard. DMS graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and values of their profession and the capacity to collaborate in a teamwork environment.

Student Outcomes: Class of 2018

Student Type # of Students

Admitted

26

Graduated

25

The Class of 2018 had a 96% retention rate and a 92% job placement rate.

ARDMS Credentials  # of Students Taking Exam  # of Students Passing Exam Success Rate

SPI

25

25

100%

Abdomen

20

 19

95%

OB/GYN

16

16

100%

 92% of students received one or more credential after graduation.


Student Outcomes: Class of 2017

Student Type # of Students

Admitted

19

Graduated

18

The Class of 2017 had a 5% attrition rate and a 95% job placement rate.

ARDMS Credentials  # of Students Taking Exam  # of Students Passing Exam Success Rate

SPI

18

18

100%

Abdomen

14

 14

100%

OB/GYN

11

10

91%

 94% of students received one or more credential after graduation.

Student Outcomes: Class of May 2018

Student Type # of Students

Admitted

9

Graduated

8

The Class of May 2018 had a 89% retention rate and a 100% job placement rate.

ARDMS Credentials  # of Students Taking Exam  # of Students Passing Exam Success Rate

SPI

8

8

100%

Abdomen

5

4

80%

OB/GYN

5

5

100%

 88% of students received one or more credential after graduation.


Student Outcomes: Class of 2017

Student Type # of Students

Admitted

11

Graduated

9

The Class of 2017 had a 19% attrition rate and a 89% job placement rate.

ARDMS Credentials  # of Students Taking Exam  # of Students Passing Exam Success Rate

SPI

9

9

100%

Abdomen

7

6

86%

OB/GYN

7

6

86%

 89% of students received one or more credential after graduation.

 

Our DMS Program, In Action

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab

This program helps you fast track your career as a registered general sonographer.

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Meet Christine

Christine Diagnostic Medical Imaging student

With an interest in healthcare and a desire to work closely with patients, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was a perfect fit.

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