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Program Overview

In 18 months or five academic semesters, you'll learn the necessary skills to become an accredited sonographer and vascular technologist.

As a diagnostic tech, you'll be an essential part of the health care team in many clinical care settings. You'll use ultrasonic imaging devices to apply high-frequency sound waves (diagnostic ultrasound) and color and spectral Doppler to assist in the diagnosis of a variety of conditions and diseases. The production of dynamic visual images of internal structures and organs assists with the analysis of blood flow dynamics (hemodynamics) of different blood vessels throughout the body.

More on KU's program

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 in the main hospital of The University of Kansas Health System. Aspects of the academic program, including administration, lecture and student services are handled by the University of Kansas School of Health Professions.

Student Outcomes

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Attrition rate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Job placement 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

First-time pass rates on credentialing exams

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Abdomen 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
OB/Gyn 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Vascular 100% 100% 75%* 100% 100%
SPI 100% 100% 80%** 100% 100%

Accreditation

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). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org. 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.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
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Kansas City, KS 66160
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