Diagnostic Medical Sonography
in the School of Health Professions
Visit the program on the campus of MD Anderson during one of the program information sessions.
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.
The program offers a two-year track leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. See the program prerequisites (pdf).
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.
All programs in SHP are regionally accredited through:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
Upon completion of the program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS
The program has developed affiliations with medical institutions in Texas, so that students will develop expertise in a variety of settings and experience the breadth of opportunity available to a certified sonographer. During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in affiliated hospitals and clinical laboratories at various locations.
Five-year average credentialing examination of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam pass rate of not less than 80% at first attempt within twelve months of graduation.
|Year||Pass Rate||Number of Students|
|2015||71%||5 of 7 passed|
|2016||66%||4 of 6 passed|
|2017||100%||5 of 5 passed|
|2018||90%||9 of 10 passed|
|2019||83%||10 of 12 passed|
5-Year Average 83 % (33 of 40)
Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 16 months and program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 16 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.
|Year||Completion Rate||Number of Students|
|2015||60%||10 admitted; 7 graduated; 3 withdrew|
|2016||60%||10 admitted; 6 graduated; 4 withdrew|
|2017||50%||10 admitted; 5 graduated; 5 withdrew|
|2018||83%||12 admitted; 10 graduated|
|2019||100%||12 admitted; 12 graduated|
5-Year Average 74% (40 of 54)
Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.
|Year||Placement Rate||Number of Students|
|2015||n/a||unknown of 7 employed|
|2016||n/a||unknown of 6 employed|
|2017||100%||5 of 5 employed|
|2018||80%||8 of 10 employed|
|2019||66%||8 of 12 employed|
3-Year Average 78% (21 of 27)