Part-Time Expressway Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

The roles and responsibilities in the profession of sonography, also referred to as ultrasound, have advanced tremendously over the past 30 years with changes in technology, higher quality images, practitioner critical thinking and patient care. An education and career as a sonographer is an increasingly dynamic and exciting opportunity to learn and perform all sonography modalities including echocardiography, vascular, and general applications. A career in sonography boasts continual learning opportunities and advancements as a medical field with multiple credentials and specialty certification exam.

Who this degree is for:

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor Degree, is designed as a continuation of education for practicing sonographers whose personal and professional goal is to attain a degree and/or advance in their career. Given the complexity of the profession with credentialing in multiple specialties, this degree offers the opportunity to become knowledgeable in additional specialties, social sciences and/or leadership skills.

In addition, through our liberal arts curriculum, students will develop the global perspective for the graduate to be effective as a professional in an ever-changing healthcare system working with an increasingly diverse population.

Designed for:

  • Sonographers who desire to further their education regardless of previous sonographic educational background.
  • Sonographers who seek to broaden their employment opportunities.
  • Sonographers who may have a goal of attaining a master's degree in the future

To view the courses required for the degree, click on the below link and scroll down to the section on Admission to Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major (post-certification)

View the courses required for the Sonography major.

Overview and Highlights:

  • Credentialed sonographers can apply earned credits towards their degree.
  • Advanced sonography course work focuses on preparing students for specialty certification exams (fetal echocardiography, neurosonography, breast) or an additional credential (RVT). Visit for certification information.
  • Designed to have flexibility to meet the needs of the sonographer with all courses being offered in the online format.
  • Courses are taught by faculty members who are experienced professionals in the field of sonography.
  • Sonographers enrolled in the Expressway accelerated courses receive a significant discount from the normal part-time undergraduate per credit rate.

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Expressway B.S. DMS Admissions Requirements and Process

For admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Expressway baccalaureate degree program, the applicant must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Possess the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS) awarded by the American Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in at least one specialty (abdominal or obstetrics/gynecology).
  2. Possess the American Registry for Radiologic Technology Sonography credential (ARRT)(S).
  3. Be enrolled in the University's DMS certificate program or a CAAHEP accredited sonography program and during the last session, can request consideration to continue to complete the bachelor degree program. Formal admission would occur once the graduate earned the RDMS or ARRT(S) credential.

For applicants choosing and desiring enrollment in the dual BS/MS track:
Upon completion of the BS degree, students must apply, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and meet all the admission requirements for the MS Organization Management major for continuation in the graduate program.

Admissions Process

Application Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Provide an official copy of all previous College or program transcripts to the Part-time Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Provide a copy of ARDMS or ARRT(S) certification card to the Part-time Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Professional Credential Credits

  • 43 credits will be awarded for earning your ARDMS Abdominal and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology specialties examinations or possession of the ARRT (S) credential.

Credit evaluation

  • Upon submission of your application, receipt of all official transcripts, and a copy of your ARDMS or ARRT card, the application will be evaluated by the Part-time Undergraduate Admissions office and the Chair of Sonography.
  • All college earned credits will be evaluated for equivalence to Misericordia University offered courses for credit transfer.
  • The Chair will contact the applicant to discuss the three tracks offered within the degree, number of credits eligible for transfer and number of credits required to complete the degree.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Misericordia University to earn the baccalaureate degree.

Prior Learning Assessment

  • Education received through non-credit bearing mechanisms or success of a credentialing exam other than abdominal and/or obstetrics will be evaluated through the university's Prior Learning Assessment policies administered through CACE. Applicants that desire to challenge a BS major course may request consideration through the PLA process for the course desired for consideration of demonstration of knowledge. There is a fee for each course assessed and accepted as successfully meeting the course objectives. (For example, sonographers possessing additional credentials such as RVT or RVS or an additional specialty such as Breast.)

B.S. DMS Program Options

There are three track options for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography:

B.S. in DMS with no specialization (view degree requirements)

  • Recommended for sonographers who possess both the Abdominal and OB/GYN specialties.

B.S. in DMS with a specialization in the social sciences (view degree requirements)

  • Recommended for sonographers who possess either the abdominal or OB/GYN specialty.
  • Recommended for sonographers who currently possess a bachelor degree in another major.

B.S. in DMS/M.S. in Organizational Management (OM) (view degree requirements)

  • Recommended for those interested in pursuing a Master's degree upon completion of the bachelor degree.
  • Provides opportunity to complete 12 credits of the graduate (MS) coursework while completing the BS degree saving tuition and time to complete both degrees.

All three tracks require a completion of 125 credits to earn the baccalaureate degree.

B.S. DMS Curriculum

Click on any of the course titles to view a description for the course.

Course # Title Credits Semester Offered
DMS 265 Intro to Vascular Sonography 3 Fall
DMS 310 Breast Sonography 2 Fall
DMS 320 Advanced Vascular 3 Fall
DMS 330 Advanced Fetal and Pediatric 3 Spring
DMS 340 Pathophysiology for Healthcare 3 Spring
DMS 430 Independent Study 2 All semesters
DMS 472 Clinical Externship 2 to 5 All semesters
DMS 413 Cooperative Education 1 to 4 All semesters

Course Descriptions

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 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 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.

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