Curriculum and Rotation
The 18-month clinical-based internship curriculum provides students with a comprehensive body of knowledge and a clinical education that includes instruction and experience in a variety of abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, superficial parts exams and procedures, as well as an introduction to neurosonology and peripheral vascular imaging. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded after successfully completing the 47 credit hour curriculum. Graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdomen, and OB-GYN specialties.
Summer 1 and Orientation
(July – August) Fundamentals of Sonography
Fall 1 Semester
(August – December) Management and Methods of Patient Care
Sectional Anatomy for the Sonographer
Pathophysiology (fall/spring course)
Clinical Education I
Spring 1 Semester
(January – May) Ultrasound Physics I
Clinical Education II
Summer 2 Semester
(May – July) Ultrasound Physics II
Introduction to Pediatric and Vascular Imaging
Clinical Education III
Fall 2 Semester
(July – December) Image Critique
Clinical Education IV
Note: Final course sequence is subject to change.
Students rotate clinical assignments between ultrasound departments in Feinberg and Arkes Pavilions, Prentice Women's Hospital, NMG 680 Lakeshore Drive, and Lake Forest Hospital (in northern Illinois). Specialty rotations include Lynn Sage Breast Center, Interventional Radiology, Emergency Department Ultrasound, and Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical assignments.
Prior to program enrollment, Northwestern Memorial Hospital will conduct a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen on all incoming students at no cost to the students. Students must also produce records of vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, TdaP, and Varicella. A physical examination is required by the student's primary care physician and a two-step TB screen. All vaccinations, physical exams and TB screens are at the student's own expense.
All students are required to maintain, at their own expense, medical insurance coverage as a condition of program participation. Additionally, students must, at their own expense, maintain current CPR (Basic Life Support) and professional liability insurance throughout the program, and obtain an annual TB screen (1-step) one year after their most recent TB screen test.
Please note that this program is for the education of sonographers and not for physician, physician background or residency training in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
To be considered in good standing in the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, students must maintain a final course grade of "C" (75 percent) or better in didactic courses and a grade of "Pass" in clinical courses. Students will be dismissed from the DMS program for failure to maintain good academic standing.
The program is scheduled for eight hours a day, five days per week.
Students will be off during Northwestern Memorial Hospital recognized hospital holidays:
New Year's Day
In addition, students are given a total of 120 hours of personal time off (PTO) that may be used during the 18 month program. Winter break runs from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.
The program begins annually in the middle of July and ends in December of the following year.