Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to produce a dynamic visual image of the internal organs or tissues in the body including abdominal organs, a developing fetus, male or female reproductive organs, and blood flow.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Program is Administered by

Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.

Program Director: William Undie, Ed.D.

Medical Advisor: Aurelio Matamoros, M.D.

Visit the SHP Faculty page for a complete list of DMS and SHP faculty, staff, and adjuncts.

The Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Graduates of this program will have a number of career options as technologists, supervisors, administrators, trainers, researchers, and sales representatives. Areas of employment include hospitals, clinics, private physicians' offices, and industry. Graduates may also choose to work as freelance sonographers for mobile services.Evaluation of the job market and a survey of employers indicate a strong demand for well-trained sonographers.

The educational standards of this program are based on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography National Educational Curriculum.

Upon graduation, participants will be eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) under category 3A (www.ARDMS.org).


The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to provide the highest quality of education to diagnostic imaging students through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical experiences that prepare students to be diagnostic medical sonographers who are focused on patient care, are critical thinkers, and are engaged in lifelong learning.


We shall be the premier educational program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography by providing innovative curricular, clinical and continuing education services to the diagnostic imaging community and the patients we serve.


Fulfillment of the program's mission is assessed by the program's effectiveness and the degree to which the program achieves the goals in which our students will academically and professionally:

  1. Students will develop a patient care focus by providing superior patient care
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  3. Students will adopt a philosophy of life-long learning through continuing education and professional involvement.
  4. Students will embrace the MD Anderson core values of caring, integrity and discovery
  5. Students will communicate effectively in a variety of settings

Selection Process

Admission is dependent on factors that include:

  • Cumulative GPA, and pre-requisite GPA
  • Personal qualities such as maturity and professional goals as expressed in the interview and described in reference letters
  • Ability to meet the SHP non-academic technical standards
  • Race, religion, national origin, veteran status, gender, or disability are not factors considered in the selection process

Applicants should begin the application process three to six months prior to the application deadline to ensure all documents are received and processed by the UTHSC-Houston Registrar's office.

Nonacademic Requirements

For a description of the non-academic technical standards requirements for admission, visit the admission section of the Student Catalog's Policies and Procedures.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) All applicants must provide proof of successful assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Applicants who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas College or University are exempt from TSI. Proof of an applicant's readiness to enroll in college level coursework will be determined by the Registrar's Office based upon review of official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Applicants from countries where English is not the native language may be required to take the TOEFL. Internet based TOEFL is now available and a total test score ranging from 74-78 with a minimum score of 18 in each section is required.

The Admissions Committee considers as much information as possible when evaluating an applicant's qualifications for admission including experience in direct patient care contact or in shadowing a professional in the field.

Attendance at an SHP campus information session.

Minimum overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Interview panel score.


Prerequisite information regarding the two-year program is found on the SHP Prerequisite pageSHP Prerequisite page.

Advanced Placement

The School of Health Professions accepts and/or awards credit through the following examination programs:

  • College level examination program of the College Board
  • Comprehensive departmental examinations
  • Regionally accredited military training programs

Recommendations from the School's academic departments are followed with regard to minimum score requirements, level of credit and amount of credit to be awarded. Program faculty are consulted to determine if credit recommendations equate to specific School of Health Professions (SHP) courses. The internal comprehensive departmental examination program provides a local means for establishing knowledge of SHS course content in areas not covered by the above examination program. Programs may elect to administer examinations that cover material specific to SHS courses with the results being reported to the Registrar.


Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 130 semester credit hours of course work. Within this requirement, students must complete the following at MD Anderson: At least 40 semester credit hours of advanced (3000/4000) course work.

Graduation occurs in August. Upon graduation, participants will be eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) under category 3A (www.ARDMS.org). The awarding of the degree is not contingent upon a student passing the national certification exam

Clinical Rotations

Students rotate through multiple clinical sites at The Texas Medical Center. The diversity of examination procedures at the respective facilities offers the students broad skills, as well as opportunities for future employment upon graduation.


Fall Junior Year16 SCH
DS 3101 General Ultrasound I1
DS 3103 Intro to Vascular Sonography1
DS 3221 Sonography Physics I (first 8 weeks)2
DS 3222 Sonographic Physics II (second 8 weeks)2
DS 3341 Abdominal Ultrasound3
DS 3371 Sonography Lab I3
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
Spring Junior Year14 SCH
DS 3211 Clinical Internship I2
DS 3264 Sonography of Superficial structures2
DS 3361 Abdominal and Pelvic Pathology3
DS 3372 Sonography Lab II3
DS 4351 Doppler Sonography3
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Communication1
Students are eligible to challenge the SPI upon completion of Spring I
Summer Junior Year15 SCH
DS 3262 Gynecologic Pathology2
DS 3312 Clinical Internship II3
DS 3343 Obstetrics Sonography3
DS 3363 Neurosonography3
DS 3373 Sonography Lab III3
HS 4111 Medical Law1
Fall Senior Year17 SCH
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radioogic Sciences3
DS 4265 Pediatric Sonography2
DS 4302 Principles of Vascular Technology3
DS 4374 Sonography Lab IV3
DS 4345 Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics3
DS 3352 Sonography Sectional Anatomy3
Spring Senior Year16 SCH
DI 4301 Professional Project3
DS 4100 Registry Review1
DS 4142 Special Topics in Diagnostic Medical Sonography1
DS 4246 Sonography of Small Parts2
DS 4303 Advanced Non Invasive Vascular Technology3
DS 4375 Sonography Lab V3
DS 4312 Clinical Internship IV (with Capstone)3

Upon completion of formal didactic and clinical education, students will have demonstrated the professional skills necessary to work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

For More Information

Please contact:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Diagnostic Medical Sonography program
School of Health Professions - Unit 2
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030-4009