Instructor provides assistance to KU student in the ultrasound lab

Diagnostic Ultrasound and Vascular Technology

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.

Clinical and classroom studies are led by top instructors employed by The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas who are also skilled sonography professionals. In addition to ultrasound principles and instrumentation, courses in the program include sonography of the abdomen, ob/gyn, and small parts, and classes in vascular technology and medical law and ethics.

The program cost is $1,300 per semester. Campus and student fees also apply. All figures provided are subject to change. See details on the cost of attenting this program.

Sonogram image produced by diagnostic ultrasound equipment 

Above: A diagnostic ultrasound image is produced by specialized equipment and uses high-frequency sound waves to view areas inside the body.

What is a diagnostic medical sonographer?
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.

More on KU's program
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.

Performance of Graduates

For the 2014 and 2015 academic years, the performance of graduates of the KU Diagnostic Ultrasound program was as follows:

Attrition rate 0%
Job placement 100%
Credential Success Rates:
Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Vascular

The University of Kansas Diagnostic Ultrasound Vascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350, Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

For information on total program costs, enrollment information, and occupations available with this training, please see the gainful employment disclosure.

More helpful information on sonography-related careers:

Last modified: Mar 08, 2017

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

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Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email for information.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.

For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please see the gainful employment disclosure.