Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS

Offered in: Chicago

Health care professions separate from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve.

The overall employment outlook for individuals with professional certifications varies, but is projected to be good to excellent by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BS degrees include Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy Technology, and Radiography. These areas involve completing required course work at Roosevelt University, followed by clinical training at the appropriate affiliate clinical site. A separate application to the clinical training program is required, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Roosevelt University offers five programs with clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago (Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy Technology, and Radiography) and one program with clinical training at NorthShore Health Systems, Evanston (Medical Technology).

Requirements

Courses taken for the major must be taken on a letter grade basis. A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major, or to be acceptable as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major. However, it is important to note that the clinical affiliates have their own GPA requirements and may not accept grades of C- for certain required prerequisite courses.

Each of the areas of study has its own prerequisite courses and requirements. These programs require students to complete all required course work before applying to the clinical affiliate. Students are not guaranteed admission into the clinical training portion of the degree. Students must make certain they are fully aware of each area's  specific acceptance requirements. Students interested in these health care careers should seek early guidance from the health coordinator in the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Standards

  • AP biology credit with a score of 3.0 or higher may apply toward the major in biology or the general education requirements after consultation with an advisor.
  • AP chemistry with a score of 4 or higher satisfies the requirements for CHEM 201 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I with lab.
  • AP Physics I (2014 or later) with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 201 INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I with lab.
  • AP Physics II (2014 or later) with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 202 INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II with lab.
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 201 INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I with lab and PHYS 233 CALCULUS-BASED PHYSICS I DISCUSSION.
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 202 INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II with lab and PHYS 234 CALCULUS-BASED PHYSICS II DISCUSSION.

In addition, students must:

  • Take a minimum of their last 30 credit hours at Roosevelt University; off-site clinical courses count toward this requirement.
  • Take at least 20 credit hours in acceptable Biology, Chemistry, or Physics courses at Roosevelt University; not more than 15 credit hours of acceptable Biology courses may be transferred to Roosevelt University and applied toward the BS degrees.
  • Once enrolled in the program, complete all remaining Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics course requirements for these BS degrees at Roosevelt University. Under special circumstances, written permission to take required courses elsewhere may be granted by the health coordinator.
  • Apply only courses in biology taken within the past eight years toward graduation.
  • Limit to 4 credit hours the total of independent study hours (BIOL 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/BCHM 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/CHEM 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/PHYS 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY) and independent research (BIOL 392 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY/BCHM 392 RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEM 392 RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY/PHYS 392 RESEARCH IN PHYSICS) used to fulfill the requirements of the major.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive body of knowledge and the necessary skills expected of a competent diagnostic medical sonographer technologist, also known as an ultrasound technologist. Diagnostic medical sonographers use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work closely with physicians by providing diagnostic images and a summary of technical findings to aid in reaching a medical diagnosis. This is a non-radiation modality, and it may be used on any patient, from unborn babies to the elderly.

Sonographers may work in a hospital, a clinic, a physician's office, education, sales, or as an applications specialist. Students interested in allied health careers should seek early guidance from an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences. This is a 3+1.5 program in which the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year and a half completed at the clinical affiliate site, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Prerequisites

Clinical courses are subject to satisfactory completion of pre-clinical course work and admission to a clinical program.

Requirements

Diagnostic Medical Sonography students complete a minimum of 73 credit hours of academic work, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography requirements outlined below. Students must take their final 30 hours before clinical training at Roosevelt University. They complete their last 49 credit hours in an 18-month, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital*.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate of program completion for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) from the hospital and will be eligible to be certified through examination by the national certifying agency, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates of the school may also take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen and OB/GYN examinations. Students will also earn a BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Roosevelt University.

*

 Acceptance into the clinical training is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the clinical site.

Core
ALH 119INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
BIOL 123ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I (with lab)4
BIOL 124ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II (with lab)4
BIOL 202ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS (with lab)5
BIOL 301CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (with lab)5
CHEM 201GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
CHEM 202GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (with lab)5
CHEM 211ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
MATH 121COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 122TRIGONOMETRY AND PRECALCULUS3
MATH 217ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
PHYS 201INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I (with lab)4
Clinical Courses for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
ALH 280FUNDAMENTALS OF SONOGRAPHY3
ALH 281MANAGEMENT & METHODS OF PATIENT CARE1
ALH 282PATHOPHYSIOLOGY2
ALH 283SECTIONAL ANATOMY FOR THE SONOGRAPHER2
ALH 284ABDOMEN SONOGRAPHY WITH LAB4
ALH 285OB-GYN SONOGRAPHY WITH EMBRYOLOGY3
ALH 286CLINICAL EDUCATION I: SONOGRAPHY2
ALH 305ULTRASOUND IMAGE CRITIQUE2
ALH 306SPECIALITY SONOGRAPHY2
ALH 307PRINCIPLES OF ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I3
ALH 308PRINCIPLES OF ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II3
ALH 309OBSTETRICAL/GYNECOLOGICAL PATHOLOGY4
ALH 310CLINICAL EDUCATION II3
ALH 311ABDOMINAL PATHOLOGY3
ALH 326CLINICAL EDUCATION II3
ALH 329MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION1
ALH 330CLINICAL EDUCATION III3
ALH 331INTRODUCTION TO PEDIATRICS AND VASCULAR IMAGING1
ALH 332CLINICAL EDUCATION IV WITH SPECIALTIES4
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives36
Core requirements45
Clinical requirements49
Total Credits for Degree127-130

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)