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Program Overview

In 21 months, five academic semesters, you will learn the necessary skills to become an accredited sonographer and vascular technologist.

As a diagnostic sonographer, you will be an essential part of the health care team in several clinical care settings. You will use high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues, and blood flow inside the body. Diagnostic ultrasound assists in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various health conditions.

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Students in our program have access to the latest innovative technology at the region's leading academic health center, The University of Kansas Health System.

Our didactic and clinical training provides students the opportunity to apply gained knowledge and skills into the clinical environment. Our students have dedicated clinical rotations collaborating one-on-one with a registered sonographer in a variety of locations across the University of Kansas Health System including the following areas:

  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Center for Advanced Fetal Care (Obstetrics)
  • Breast Imaging Center
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Vascular Surgery

Once you have successfully passed the sonography principles and instrumentation course you become a candidate 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. After passing the exams you become a registered diagnostic medical sonographer and registered vascular technologist.

Clinical instruction for the diagnostic ultrasound program is delivered within The University of Kansas Health System. Aspects of the academic program, including administration, lecture and student services are overseen by the University of Kansas School of Health Professions.


We currently do not coordinate clinical shadowing experiences for high school students. If you are looking for a career change or a college student interested in diagnostic ultrasound at KU, please attend one of our information sessions to learn more about shadowing opportunities.

Student Outcomes

2021 2022 2023
Number of graduates 4 4 3
Graduates employed 4 4 3
Job placement rate 100% 100% 100%
Job placement rate, 3-year average 100%
Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

Credential success rates
2021 2022 2023 3-Year Average
Abdomen 100% 100% 100% 100%
OB/Gyn 100% 100% 100% 100%
Vascular 100% 100% 100% 100%

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Join us July 16 for an info session!

Learn about this program in an informal, open, and informational session held online on July 16, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions of the program director and get details on topics including eligibility requirements, prerequisites, employment options and more.


The University of Kansas diagnostic ultrasound 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775


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.

Advising and Questions

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High school students, counselors and those in their early years of college study may contact Alex Lopez, our school's outreach and recruitment specialist, with questions at or 913-588-1743 (711 TTY).

photo of Micha BazemoreIf you've completed college coursework and considering applying to KU's certificate program in diagnostic ultrasound and vascular technology, please contact Micha Bazemore, ( program director, for academic advising or answers to any of your questions.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-4630 • 711 TTY