Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Bachelor’s degree

Ultrasonography, commonly called sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves 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.

The Bachelor Health Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound prepares you to become a certified sonographer or ultrasound technologist.


Ultrasound has become one of the most widely used diagnostic exams in modern medicine and is increasingly being used in the detection and diagnosis of various diseases and illnesses including heart disease, heart attack, and vascular diseases that can lead to stroke.

Ultrasonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, superficial structures, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. It is also used to guide a fine needle for tissue biopsy, thoracocentesis and amniocentesis, and to assist in taking a sample of cells from an organ or structure for lab testing (for example, a test for cancer in breast tissue and fetal growth in uterus).

The professionals who perform these procedures are known as sonographers or ultrasound technologists. Students at Mizzou may specialize in areas including Abdomen, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Echocardiography, and Vascular Technology.

Accredited by CAAHEP for general and vascular tracks.

Careers in diagnostic medical ultrasound

Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is growing faster than the average for all occupations. Estimated median annual earnings of diagnostic medical sonographers were $77,740 as of May 2021. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,560 and $95,360 a year. Salaries vary depending on years of experience, number of specialties practiced, as well as geographic location.

U.S. News and World Report ranked diagnostic medical sonographer No. 1 on its list of best health care support jobs.

Course work

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program is a 35-40 hours per week, 52-weeks per academic year clinical education program. The program’s clinical education does not follow the University of Missouri academic calendar.

Prospective DMU students are advised to take either Physics or Anatomy during the summer prior to their sophomore year. DMU 1000 – Intro to DMU is required for application to the DMU program.

Prospective students may enroll in the fall semester or the winter semester.

Curriculum requirements

Learn more about required courses and other program requirements, including a sample semester-by-semester plan of study.

Advising worksheet

Students may use the DMU advising worksheet as a guide, but advising through the School of Health Professions Student Services is highly recommended

Clinical education

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound students begin clinical training on Day 1. Students complete clinical rotations at more than 25 sites across the state. Learn more about fieldwork and rotations.


Students typically apply for acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program their sophomore year. Applications are due Feb. 1.

High school seniors and first-semester MU freshmen may be eligible to apply for early admission to the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program.

Admission and application

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Cost and financial aid

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