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Diagnostic Ultrasound and Vascular Technology

KU’s accredited ultrasound program is 18 months in length (five 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 Health System 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 $1,300.00 per semester. Campus and student fees also apply. All figures provided are subject to change. See details on the cost of attending 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.

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.

The program was first available as an academic program in the school (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.

Student Outcomes

For the academic years 2015-2019, the performance of graduates of the KU Certificate in Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology (General and Vascular) was as follows:

  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%

* One student in 2017 passed SPI exam on second attempt.
** One student in 2017 did not pass vascular exam and has not attempted a second.


CAAHEP logoThe University of Kansas diagnostic ultrasound technology certificate 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) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; 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.

Students and graduates of KU's certificate program in diagnostic ultrasound for general and vascular technology are eligible to take national registry examinations in multiple specialties through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Licensure requirements for employment vary by state. State licensure does not apply for employment in this field in Kansas. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides information on specific state licensure requirements.

Last modified: Nov 24, 2020

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