KU’s accredited ultrasound program is 18 months in length (5 academic semesters) and prepares students to use this complex equipment in a clinical setting as a competent sonographer and vascular technologist. A certificate from the University of Kansas is awarded to the student upon successful completion of the program at its KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan.
Didactic studies are taught by qualified instructors employed by The University of Kansas Hospital and courses include medical law and ethics, intro to sonography, sonographphy principles and instrumentation, abdomen, ob/gyn, small parts, neurosonology, and vascular technology. Clinical instruction is guided by highly motivated and skilled sonographers employed by The University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center.
The program cost is $1,300 per semester, subject to change.
Above: A diagnostic ultrasound image is produced by specialized equipment and uses high-frequency sound waves to view areas inside the body.
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a healthcare occupation which utilizes high-frequency sound waves (diagnostic ultrasound) and color and spectral Doppler to assist in the diagnosis of a variety of conditions and diseases. The sonographer produces dynamic visual images of internal structures and organs and is able to analyze the hemodynamics of different blood vessels throughout the body. To enter this career, individuals must be qualified by professional credentialing upon completion of academic study and clinical experience.
Students who have successfully passed the sonography principles and instrumentation course are candidates to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation national board examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) prior to graduation.
Graduates of the KU program are also candidates to take the national registry examinations given by the ARDMS in the areas of Abdomen, OB/GYN and Vascular Technology. Those who pass the exams become Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Registered Vascular Technologists.
The KU Diagnostic Ultrasound and Vascular Technology program is located in The University of Kansas Hospital for clinical instruction while aspects of the academic program, including application and student services, are handled by the University of Kansas. The program was first available as an academic program in the School of Health Professions (known then as the School of Allied Health) in 2000. Originally 15-months in length, the program expanded to 18 months and added a concentration in vascular ultrasound for accreditation in both general and vascular disciplines of sonography.
For information on total program costs, enrollment information, and occupations available with this training, please see the gainful employment disclosure.