The newly restructured Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound degree is the only bachelor’s degree of its kind in the state of Missouri, and one of fewer than five nation-wide to offer training in all ultrasound competencies at the undergraduate level.

The CAAHEP Accredited Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program at MU was the first program in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree leading to a master’s degree combination with additional competency in adult echocardiography. With the evolution of the master’s program in clinical and diagnostic sciences, DMU faculty took the opportunity to enhance the undergraduate program by adding the echocardiography curriculum to the undergraduate curriculum, making it one of fewer than 5 DMU programs in the USA to offer all major specialties of sonography within a bachelor of science curriculum.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum and clinical experiences, the MU program is unique in its requirement for undergraduates to complete IRB-approved research that is designed, implemented, analyzed and authored by students with a faculty mentor. Many of these papers are accepted for presentation and publication in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to winning national awards. Further, students are required to submit case studies for publication to a peer-reviewed journal – and nearly half are accepted for publication.

Mizzou DMU graduates hold at least one professional credential prior to completing the program, and the program has a 100% credential success rate and 100% job placement rate, with many graduates getting job offers before graduation.

Program Director Moses Hdeib explains why the unique program at Mizzou makes a difference. “Our students are not only prepared to be competent sonographers who provide exemplary patient care and obtain high-quality diagnostic images, but they are also prepared to assume leadership roles in the profession by advancing evidence-based practice and understanding the value and benefits of interdisciplinary team-based care.”

Graduate student Katie Partridge agrees. “Doing original research and preparing the case study taught me skills beyond research. I’m a better communicator, a better teammate and a better consumer of science, thanks to the research requirement in our program.”

Partridge’s case study was just published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and is the basis of an Interprofessional Education Grand Rounds event with faculty and students in February.

The undergraduate program in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound is accepting applications through February 1.