Qualified applicants must meet one of the following criteria and pass prerequisite courses listed below.
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:
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.
Selection Criteria: Students will be evaluated according to the following criteria as part of the competitive selection process:
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).