Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)

Misericordia University’s 18-month certificate program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), sometimes referred to as “ultrasound,” prepares students to become a diagnostic medical sonographer (SOC code 29-2032.00).

The program is designed for adult or non-traditional learners seeking convenient and predictable scheduling by offering alternating weekend classes and a weekday clinical education component. Classes enter in late August each year.


The diagnostic medical sonography certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350. Information on program accreditation can be found at www.caahep.org

In 2013, the program received the maximum ten-year accreditation review cycle indicating compliance with all standards and consistency achieving program outcomes.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) is the committee on accreditation that establishes the accreditation standards and guidelines in conjunction with CAAHEP. Information on the standards and guidelines can be located at www.jrcdms.org.

It is important to research sonography programs to determine which CAAHEP accredited program will provide you with the best education and allow you to apply for national certification exams. Students should gather information pertaining to experience of the faculty, number of clinical hours in the program, national examination pass rates, and employment rates. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) provides a list of suggested questions to ask a program in your decision making process. View the Key Questions to Ask Programs to see Misericordia University's responses to these questions, plus some additional important questions to ask.

Educational Pathways

It is essential that all individuals pursuing a career in sonography meet at least one of the educational pathways. For Misericordia University, CAAHEP accreditation is the pathway that allows graduates to apply for national certification examinations through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

For information on educational pathways for eligibility or to apply for national certification examinations, visit www.ardms.org.

Overview and Highlights:

  • On-time completion rate of 100%—meaning every graduate completed the program within the 18-month timeframe
  • On-campus courses scheduled every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday) for each semester
  • Integrates classroom learning with simulated lab experiences and clinical education
  • Simulated lab is available during the week in both daytime and evening hours to accommodate a variety of schedules

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for entrance into the sonography certificate program, applicants must meet one of the following three pathways:

  1. You must be a graduate of an accredited allied health program (minimum of two years) with completion of pre-requisites listed in Pathway #3 and a minimum grade of "C" OR,
  2. A graduate of a Bachelor degree program, and completion of prerequisites listed in Pathway #3 with a minimum grade of "C" OR,
  3. Have completed prerequisites at the college or post secondary level with a "C" or higher that include the following:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    • Physics
    • English (oral or written communications)
    • Medical Terminology
    • Ethics
    • Math or Algebra
    • Patient Care

Note:Sonography Patient Care and Medical Terminology can be taken as co-requisites in the first session of the program.

In addition, for those wishing to pursue a degree, the University offers a dual profession with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography which can be completed in a little less than 5 academic years. A minimum of two seats are reserved for Medical Imaging students who desire to enter into the Sonography certificate program during their senior year of their Medical Imaging degree.

What if I do not have some or all of the prerequisites?
Misericordia University offers the pre-requisites in various formats to accommodate the variety of an individual's schedule. Courses can be taken in the traditional day-time format, evening, weekend, on-line or off campus through our Expressway offerings or a combination of times. Prerequisites can be completed in 1 year attending on a part-time basis. A sample of the schedule could be:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 121 or BIO 211
Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 122 or BIO 212
General Physics
PHY 117
MTH 120 or 115
PHL 200, 201, or 223
ENG 103, ENG 151 or BUS 107

Medical Terminology (MI 106) is offered on-line each semester. It is recommended to be completed prior to start of program, but can be taken in first fall of program. DMS 112 Sonography Patient Care (DMS) is offered in a weekend format just prior to the start of the program each summer.

Contact the Sheryl Goss, Chair of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department, at (570)674-6790 or sgoss@misericordia.edu for more information on prerequisite courses and schedules to complete them.

Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Essential functions are defined as the requisites that all diagnostic medical sonographers and students must possess and have the capacity to complete with or without reasonable accommodations.
The practice of diagnostic medical sonography requires the individual to be proficient in the three learning domains; affective, cognitive, and psychomotor. In addition to these domains, the student sonographer must comply with the Profession’s Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics, along with a behavior that reflects honesty, integrity, and positive reputation. Each and every patient must receive a high level of quality care and an accurate outcome of a diagnostic medical sonogram.

Affective Domain

  • Interact effectively and sensitively using appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication with faculty, colleagues, other members of the health care team, and patients/clients, and caregivers.
  • Read, write and interpret written and nonverbal communication at a competency level that allows one to safely function in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
  • Recognize the impact and influence of age, lifestyle, family or peer support, socioeconomic class, culture, beliefs, race, and abilities on faculty, peers, other members of the health care team, and patients/clients, and caregivers.
  • Emotional health for utilization of intellect, the exercise of good judgment, prompt completion of responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with others. Ability to retain emotional composure when dealing with patients with acute and chronic illnesses, pathologies and poor prognosis.
  • Accept personal responsibility for all actions, reactions, and inactions.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for self-assessment, professional growth and development.
  • Effectively and consistently manage personal stress and appropriately respond to the stress of others.
  • Speak and write effectively in English to convey information to other individuals and groups.

Cognitive Domain

  • Comprehend, retain, recall, and apply complex information learned in required professional courses.
  • Read, comprehend, integrate, critically analyze, interpret, and apply information from written materials, demonstrations, lectures, laboratory sessions, and research literature, and other pertinent sources to develop and support the rationale for appropriate patient examination indications, clinical history, and sonographic findings.
  • Collect, organize, prioritize and document information to make safe, appropriate and timely decisions regarding patient care for the purposes of examination and communication to the interpreting physician.
  • Efficiently organize and prioritize multiple tasks, integrate and critically analyze information, and formulate applicable decisions.

Psychomotor Domain

  • The capacity to prepare for and respond to the challenges of any environment that requires a readiness for immediate and appropriate response. This requires training for emergencies as delineated within specific clinical environments (e.g., CPR, infection control), and a readiness and willingness to respond as needed.
  • The physical ability to assist patients on and off examination tables, transfer patients from transport device to table, push and/or pull transport devices, and sonographic equipment. The approximate lifting capacity is 50 pounds.
  • Physical mobility and dexterity to stand 50% of the day; bend, kneel or squat; arms to extend 120 degrees to axis of the body; wrists to pivot; and fingers to grasp sonographic equipment.
  • Visual ability to differentiate black, white, shades of gray and colors as related to sonographic imaging.
  • Hearing ability to respond to patient and healthcare team needs and for differentiation of audible Doppler signals.

Students must have their healthcare provider complete the program’s medical form which requires the provider to attest to the student’s ability to perform the essential functions listed above. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose any documented learning disabilities to their medical physician prior to completion of form. Changes in physical, mental, or emotional status that may prompt a request for reasonable accommodations must be communicated to the Department Chair.

If a student cannot demonstrate the skills and abilities listed above, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Chair of Sonography prior to the start of the sonography program to discuss the procedural steps to request an appropriate accommodation in either the educational or clinical environment. The University uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be willing or able to offer the same reasonable accommodations that are made available by the University.

For more information regarding requesting reasonable accommodations, visit the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations cannot be made retroactively. This means if the student fails to request accommodations and does not meet the standards defined for successful completion of an assignment, examination, practical examination or clinical education experience, the student will be subject to the policies and procedures defined in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Handbook and Clinical Education Manual or respective course syllabi regarding these matters.

Clinical Education Sites and Requirements

Clinical Education Sites
The program has affiliation agreements with numerous clinical sites, both hospitals and outpatient imaging centers, for students to gain the skills required to master the art of scanning and creating quality images. Every attempt is made to place students within a 60 minute drive from their geographical area, however there may be times in which a further drive up to 90 minutes may be required. Students must have the financial and time availability to travel up to 90 minutes one way, if necessary for clinical placement. Transportation and all associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical Education Requirements
Accepted students must submit the following documentation prior to the start of the program:

  • FBI Background Check
  • State Background Check
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Health Physical to include documentation of immunizations, Tuberculin test and Hepatitis B vaccination (form provided)
  • CPR certification for health care providers through the American Heart Association, Red Cross or an organization approved by the program
  • Proof of Medical Insurance Coverage
  • HIPAA education

Individual clinical sites may require additional documentation, such as drug screening which varies in the time frame of being tested and entering the clinical setting; thus, the clinical coordinator will inform you as to when to have the test done. Clinical education requirements are at the expense of the student.

College of Health Sciences Clinical Education Policies
(reviewed/revised 6/2015)

Course Descriptions

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography, 2 credits

This course will focus on introducing the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Topics include, but are not limited to; the history and foundations for the use of medical ultrasound as a diagnostic tool; medical terminology specific to sonography; ergonomic considerations; clinical assessment; and role of medical imaging modalities with emphasis on correlations to sonographic examinations. The attributes of professionalism will be appraised through discussion of communication skills, medical ethics, legal issues, scope of practice, certification, and accreditation.
DMS 102 Introduction to Sonography Lab, 1 credit
This lab course introduces the student to the psychomotor skills for the performance of sonographic examinations. Emphasis is placed on normal anatomy recognition, image optimization, and ability to acquire high quality diagnostic sonographic images.
DMS 107/107L Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation / Lab, 3 credits
This course will familiarize the student with diagnostic ultrasound principles and instrumentation. Physical principles will include; sound energy and its characteristics, the piezoelectric effect, properties of ultrasound waves, the speed of sound and propagation, pulsed Doppler, and color flow Doppler. The construction and operation of various types of ultrasound equipment and transducers will be discussed. Course work will include the topics of artifacts and adjustable physics parameters, as well as, sonographic units of measurement, equations, and display modes. The coursework will be focused on information pertaining to the national registry examinations in ultrasound physics and vascular physics.
DMS 111 Sonographic Cross-Sectional Anatomy, 3 credits
This course will include knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy as visualized using diagnostic ultrasound. The student will become familiar with the ultrasonic appearance of disease free organs, tissues and vessels of the human body. Normal and abnormal anatomical variants will also be addressed. Coursework will include recognition of abnormal pathological findings as diagnosed by ultrasound. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the students to identify sonographically normal cross sectional anatomy based on echogenicity, location and size relative to adjacent structures.

DMS 112 Sonography Patient Care, 1 credit
Sonography Patient Care is an extremely important course to the field of Medical Imaging and Sonography whose main purpose is to present the student with the various aspects involved in care of the patient. Topics to be included, but not limited to be: Communication techniques, history taking, aseptic/sterile techniques, body mechanics, vital signs, emergency situations, transfer techniques, isolation techniques, medical law, and standard precautions.
DMS 117/117L Abdominal Sonography/Lab, 3 credits
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the liver, gallbladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, urinary system, adrenal glands, gastrointestinal system, peritoneum and retroperitoneum, male pelvis, and non-cardiac chest. Lecture and laboratory experience will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.
DMS 122/122L Pelvic Sonography/Lab, 3 credits
This course introduces and relates the knowledge of gynecologic anatomy, pathology, and diagnostic sonography. This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the pelvis and adjacent structures. The student will become accustomed to the sonographic procedures used to properly image the female pelvis and first trimester gestation. Coursework will include demonstrations and discussion on the proper scanning techniques, patient preparations, and positioning utilized to obtain optimum diagnostic images. Lecture and lab demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and hands-on experience.
DMS 127 High Resolution Sonography, 3 credits
This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the neck, thyroid, breast, scrotum, superficial aspect of the extremities, musculoskeletal, pediatric hip and the pediatric abdomen. Coursework will familiarize the student with scanning techniques and protocols to evaluate normal sonographic appearance, abnormal sonographic appearances, and the ability to identify specific pathological conditions as demonstrated on sonographic images. Correlation of pertinent clinical history, symptoms, clinical laboratory tests and other diagnostic procedures will be emphasized.
DMS 130 Clinical Sonography I, 2 credits
This course will provide students with an introduction into the hospital/clinical setting work experience. Students will utilize skills learned in prior classes of Introduction to Sonography as well as Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation and Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy. The student will be required to apply concurrent information obtained during didactic coursework. Students will also become exposed to sonograms including abdomen, pelvic, and small parts applications. All execution and hands-on experience gained by the student will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of the qualified clinical instructor.
DMS 150 Obstetrical Sonography, 3 credits
Through didactic and interactive exercises, the student will explore fetal development from fertilization through the neonatal period. Students will learn calculation of gestational age, sonographic assessment of normal and anomalous development of fetal and extrafetal structures, maternal complications relating to fetal consequences, invasive testing procedures, and fundamentals of fetal echocardiography. The simulated lab will be utilized to facilitate application of didactic knowledge to the clinical setting.
DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies, 3 credits
This course will introduce the student to various fetal anomalies that can occur across the gestational period. Emphasis will be placed on identification of the pathological processes, sonographic appearances, correlation with the clinical history and diagnostic testing or procedures, and clinical management options. An introduction to normal and abnormal anatomy, scanning technique, and sonographic appearances of the neonatal brain will be provided.
DMS 181 Clinical Sonography II, 4 credits
This course sequels DMS 130: Clinical Sonography I, providing continued hospital/clinic setting work experience in an assigned clinical affiliate. Students will apply knowledge gained in previous course work and concurrently during Obstetrical Sonography and Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies courses to perform quality diagnostic sonography examinations. Refinement of technical parameters will continue to be developed to produce optimal images. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision.
DMS 265/265L Introduction to Vascular Sonography/Lab, 3 credits
This course will introduce the student to vascular sonography. It will include the hemodynamics, pathology and pathophysiology of the vascular system. The student will be introduced to normal and abnormal vasculature and the differentiation between the venous and arterial systems. Discussion will include the clinical signs and symptoms and the appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment of various vascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the functional workings and settings associated with vascular procedures.
DMS 271 Clinical Sonography III, 4 credits
This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience for further development and progression in preparation of becoming an entry-level sonographer. Students will apply knowledge learned prior and concurrently with the didactic courses. The student will become familiar with interventional and vascular procedures performed in an ultrasound/vascular laboratory. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct or indirect supervision, dependent upon competency status.
DMS 277 Interventional Sonography, 1 credit
This course will focus on ultrasound-guided special procedures. Emphasis will be placed on how and why ultrasound is utilized as guidance during invasive procedures. The student will learn techniques in maintaining sterility during the procedure, as well as issues regarding the patient consent. Topics will include proper equipment and room set-up and clean-up techniques and laboratory requirements. Sonography in the operating room will also be addressed. Lecture and hands-on demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.
DMS 281 Clinical Sonography IV, 2 credits
This final clinical course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will be expected to apply knowledge learned in prior and concurrent courses to acquisition and appraisal of sonographic examinations. Emphasis will be placed on assisting students to refine equipment options for optimal image acquisition and communicating sonographic findings to the interpreting physician Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. After completion of the required clinical hours and program requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to sit for the national certification examinations for physics, abdominal specialty and obstetric/gynecologic specialty.
Prerequisites: DMS 271
DMS 282 Issues in Sonography, 1 credit

This course prepares the student to transition from student to employee. A variety of topics will be researched and discussed to provide current insight into the future of the profession, resume and interview skills, certification versus accreditation, career opportunities, healthcare issues, and mechanisms for life-long learning.
DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review, 1 credit
This course will include readings and reviews of widely known sonography publications and journals. The student will become familiar with the important use of literature review and research in the healthcare environment and the populations they serve. Sonographic case studies will be discussed and presented.
DMS 288 Focused Sonography, 3 credits
As the role of ultrasound technology continues to expand in arenas beyond the diagnostic role, it is important for sonographers to be cognizant of the medical value of the expanded non-traditional roles for patient outcomes. This seminar course will explore the role of sonography in interventional procedures, limited applications and developing specializations nationally and globally by various healthcare providers. Through research and analysis, various entities for use of ultrasound technology will be explored, as well as roles and scope of practice for the practitioner, and controversial issues. This course incorporates an introduction to information literacy and research methodologies.
DMS 305 Intermediate Vascular Sonography, 3 credits
This course will explore various cardiovascular pathological processes and appropriate sonographic testing procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment. Analysis of laboratory accuracy and methods for quality improvement will be developed. Application of theory to clinical testing will occur through laboratory experiences.
DMS 307 Pathology and Clinical Integration, 3 credits
This seminar-style course will integrate theory and clinical knowledge of various pathological findings and apply thorough analysis of sonographic and correlative imaging. Diagnostic testing and advanced treatment options as it applies to the various pathologies will be explored.
DMS 310 Breast Sonography, 2 credits
Breast sonography requires extensive knowledge in anatomy of the breast, physics of ultrasound, proper scanning technique and characteristics of pathology. This course will focus upon breast anatomy, correlation to mammography and the intricacy of proper scanning techniques. Classifications and types of benign and malignant pathology will be discussed in relationship to the expected sonographic characteristics. The course is designed for participants who desire an introductory course or as a review for the ARDMS, ARRT or American Society of Breast Surgeons breast specialty examination.
DMS 320 Advanced Vascular Sonography, 3 credits
This course will discuss the pathophysiology of various vascular diseases, associated sonographic findings, diagnostic interpretation criteria and current methods of treatment. Emphasis will be placed on techniques for performance and sonographic findings for advanced and less commonly performed vascular procedures.
DMS 330 Advanced Fetal and Pediatric Sonography, 3 credits
This course will discuss congenital heart disease with emphasis on diagnosis during the fetal stage, neonatal neurosonography and application of sonography specific to the pediatric population. Topics will include, but not limited to, fetal heart and cranial embryology, anomalous development and sonographic appearances of normal and pathological conditions. Neonatal sonographic application for congenital hip dysplasia and pyloric stenosis will be examined.
DMS 340 Pathophysiology for Healthcare, 3 credits
This course will discuss the pathophysiology and genetic basis of disease with emphasis on the causes, manifestations, treatment protocols, and prognoses of commonly occurring disease processes. Topics will include, but not be limited to, genetic, infectious, immunologic, cardiovascular, neoplastic, endocrine, cardiovascular, and renal diseases. Emphasis is placed on selected diseases encountered by the sonographer.
DMS 413 Cooperative Education, 1-4 credits
This is a variable credit course which allows the working credentialed sonographer the opportunity to combine academic study with work experience to further explore leadership concepts. Credits are dependent on number of hours to be completed, and assignments are adjusted accordingly.
DMS 420 Current Trends and Practices in Sonography, 3 credits
This course will take an in-depth approach to evaluate external and internal factors that impact the realm of sonography as part of the dynamic healthcare environment. Topics to be included, but not limited to, are technological advances, economic, legal, federal regulations, moral, and ethical issues.
DMS 430 Independent Study-Sonography, 2 credits
This course focuses on utilizing sonographic knowledge gained from within the major and clinical experience to plan and implement a specialized project which would enhance the field of sonography in the employment setting, profession, or the community.
DMS 472 Sonography Clinical Externship, 2-5 credits
Clinical externships provide an opportunity for the sonographer to expand his/her knowledge in specialty fields or a different area of sonography. Areas may include, but not limited to, perinatology, vascular, cardiac, or pediatrics. The sonographer (student) is responsible to secure a clinical facility willing to provide quality clinical education in the specialty area desired. In conjunction with the Chair of Sonography, a clinical education affiliate contract with the facility will be required prior to commencement of the externship. The student can determine the value for the number of credits at a ratio of 120 clinical hours = 1 credit up to a maximum of 5 credits.

Course Sequence

View the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate course sequence in the University catalog.

Session III
Summer ICredits
DMS 152 Obstetrical Sonography I3
DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies*3
DMS 140 Clinical Sonography II2
Total Credits8
Session IV
Summer IICredits
DMS 245 Obstetrical Sonography II3
DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies* (continued from Session III)
DMS 255 Clinical Sonography III2
Total Credits5
Session V
DMS 265 Intro to Vascular Sonography3
DMS 277 Interventional Sonography1
DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review1
DMS 290 Clinical Sonography IV4
Total Credits9
Session VI
Spring (ends in March)Credits
DMS 282 Issues in Sonography1
DMS 297 Comprehensive Registry Review3
DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V2
Total Credits6
Total credits in DMS program: 48
Total combined credits: 157

* Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies runs for the entire 14 weeks, encompassing Session III and IV. Credits assigned in Session III.

Program Outcomes and Gainful Employment

Our CAAHEP accredited program strives consistently to not only achieve the minimum standards for outcomes set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), but we strive to far exceed the minimum. The JRCDMS reviews programs’ outcomes annually and also reviews the information across three years to look for trends.

Credentialing success
Taken and passed with first year of completion (March)
2014 2015 2016
ARDMS Pass rate for Sonography Physics and Instrumentation 100%
ARDMS pass rate for Abdomen Examination 100%
ARDMS pass rate for Obstetrics and Gynecology Examination 100%
Number of graduates earning both the Abdomen and OB/GYN exams. 14 out of 17 15 out of 16 17 out of 17
Employment and/or continued education within first 6 months of completion
94%(16/17) 100%
Retention 94.4%94% 95%
Attrition 5.6% 6% 5%

Documented created 3/20/2017.

Class of 2017 will be reported after March 2018.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Gainful Employment Information

Program Level - Undergraduate Certificate
Program Length - 18 months
How much will the program cost*?
Tuition and Fees
Books and supplies: Varies
On-campus room and board: not offered, non-applicable
Other costs: $60 annual parking permit
*Please note that costs are subject to change.

What financing options are available to me?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.
The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 73% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2014-2016, 100% finished in 18 months.
What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate? The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2015 is 100%.

Application Process and Contact Information

Application Process

For consideration, students must complete an application for admission and two completed reference forms. The certificate program is a part-time undergraduate program. Completed reference forms and official transcripts from high school, all colleges and post-secondary education should be sent to the Admissions office with attention to Maureen Sheridan at Misericordia University 301 Lake. Street, Dallas, PA 18612.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application in the fall of the year before their desire to enter. For example, applicants interested in entering in September 2018 are recommended to submit applications in the fall of 2017. Applicants unable to attend one of the Open Forum information sessions will be required to make an appointment with the Chair to be informed of the program requirements. First round of application decisions occurs in late March for the class entering in August. Applications received after December 15th will be accepted with decisions being provided to applicants in which there is availability for clinical placement.

Admission criteria used for decisions include post-secondary GPA(s), grades achieved in the program prerequisite courses, number of credits taken in a semester, reference forms and responses to the applicant interview questions (Application Questions 2018). Minimum GPA for consideration of entrance into the program is 2.75. Program admission is competitive.

Misericordia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, disability, religion, gender, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, or other University administered programs.


Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to apply for national examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) with specialties in abdominal and OB/GYN. Visit the ARDMS.org for further information.

For additional information on the program or application process, please contact Maureen Sheridan, Assistant Director of Admissions-Part-Time and Undergraduate Programs at (866) 262-6363 or msheridan@misericordia.edu.

For specific questions related to eligibility, contact Sheryl Goss, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department chair, at (570)674-6790 or sgoss@misericordia.edu.

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