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Qualified applicants must meet one of the following criteria and pass prerequisite courses listed below.

Program Options

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate of program completion for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) and will be eligible to be certified through examination by the national certifying agency, American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates of the School may take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen and OB/GYN examinations.

The Northwestern Memorial School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers an 18-month certificate program. There are three options for students to become a diagnostic medical sonographer:

  • Bachelor's Degree Program (3+1.5)
    This is for applicants who want to earn a Bachelor's Degree. Students enroll in an affiliated academic University or College for three years of pre-requisites, apply to the program and, if accepted, participate in an 18-month clinical-based internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The affiliated academia, Benedictine University, Lewis University, Elmhurst College and Roosevelt University, provide competitive and required prerequisite and non-clinical professional courses. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher for the Bachelor's Degree and for DMS Program prerequisite courses is required.

  • Certificate Program for Students with a Bachelor's Degree
    This option is for applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher for the Bachelor's Degree and for DMS program prerequisite courses.

  • Certificate Program for Students Registered in a Healthcare-Related field
    This option is for applicants who are graduates of an accredited two-year patient care-related program. Applicants shall be nationally certified and in good standing in disciplines such as nursing (RN), radiologic technology, medical assistant or respiratory therapy and have a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher for the certificate/AS degree and prerequisite courses. Applicants must be registered in their discipline prior to the start of the DMS program.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of the following prerequisite college-level courses prior to the start of the program. Any courses being taken during the spring semester prior to starting the program must have a midterm grade available by March 5 to allow for academic ranking of the applicant. A grade of “C” or higher in each course and a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for these prerequisite courses. Transfer credits are not accepted from other Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. No remedial level or introductory level coursework will be accepted for prerequisite course credit.

  • Anatomy and Physiology - two semesters required (eight semester hours preferred)
  • College Algebra - three semester hours
  • General Physics - three semester hours (one semester of a two-course sequence)
  • English Composition - three semester hours
  • Medical Terminology - two semester hours

Selection Criteria:

Students will be evaluated according to the following criteria as part of the competitive selection process:

  1. GPA: degree/medical certificate and for prerequisite courses
  2. Application and essay
  3. References
  4. Work and educational backgrounds
  5. Patient care experience or shadowing experience is strongly recommended
  6. Panel interview scores (interviews are offered to the best qualified candidates)

School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technical Standards

Applicants must perform medical procedures with accuracy and precision. The nature of the work is such that speed, safety and accuracy are essential skills. While failure to perform these essential functions may not prevent individuals from practicing in the clinical setting, lack of any or all of these abilities may prove challenging to the work experience and may compromise patient safety or the diagnostic value of procedures.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must, with or without reasonable accommodation, have the ability to meet the following technical standards. These standards are considered essential functions and skills of the profession.

Please read the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Technical Standards (pdf).

Applicant Checklist for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

To ensure you have completed all of the necessary steps in the application process, please view our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Applicant Checklist (pdf).

Last UpdateJuly 9, 2013