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School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Northwestern Memorial School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides students with a comprehensive body of knowledge and skills and the opportunity for some of the finest clinical experiences. Each year approximately 63,000 imaging procedures are performed by the sections of general and OB/GYN ultrasound. The 18-month program begins every July.

The Northwestern Memorial School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is nationally accredited by:

The recommendation for accreditation came from:

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography was designed using the JRC-DMS Standards and Guidelines and strictly adheres to those requirements.  Program graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdomen, and OB-GYN specialties.

With Northwestern Memorial's state-of-the-art facility, students are taught with the most advanced technological and diagnostic equipment available, including:

  • 12 Acuson Sequoias
  • 2 Siemans S2000
  • 1 GE Voluson 730
  • 1 GE Voluson E8
  • 22 Philips iU22
  • 2 Zonare

Our experienced instructional staff includes:

  • 30 board-certified physicians
  • 39 technologists
  • 17 clinical instructors
  • Administrative and support staff

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to provide a comprehensive education that will prepare students to become entry-level sonographers. The program is structured to provide intellectual stimulation and learning in the didactic and clinical settings using psychomotor, affective and cognitive domains. This is necessary to prepare students to:

  • Assume the responsibilities of a sonographer
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Contribute to their profession by a commitment to professional organizations and lifelong learning


Although the primary goal of the program is to produce fully competent and knowledgeable sonographers, graduation is considered a beginning rather than an end. It is expected that with further experience and continuing education, the entry-level abilities achieved will continue to develop and expand. The goals of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are:

  • To provide education experiences designed to prepare students for entering a career as a sonographer
  • To provide the medical community with individuals qualified to perform sonographic procedures
  • To instill in students a lifelong desire to achieve professional and academic excellence


School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Last UpdateOctober 3, 2013