Curriculum and Rotation
The 18-month program 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.
Summer 1 Semester
(July – August)
Fundamentals of Sonography
Fall 1 Semester
(August – December)
Patient Care and Management
Sectional Anatomy for the Sonographer
Clinical Education I
(January – May)
Principles of Ultrasound Physics I
Clinical Education II
Summer 2 Semester
(May – July)
Principles of Ultrasound Physics II
Introduction to Pediatric and Vascular Imaging
Clinical Education III
Fall 2 Semester
(July – December)
Ultrasound Image Critique
Clinical Education IV
Note: Final course sequence is subject to change.
Students attend clinical assignments within a 35 mile geographical area. Currently students rotate between NMH ultrasound departments in Feinberg and Arkes Pavilions, Prentice Women's Hospital, NMG OB-GYN 680 Lakeshore Drive, NM Central DuPage Hospital, NM Palos Hospital, Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park, and NM Lake Forest Hospital. Specialty rotations include NMH Lynn Sage Breast Center, Interventional Radiology, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab, Emergency Department Ultrasound, and Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical assignments.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires that all students maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout enrollment. A student maintains SAP if their cumulative (overall) and current (most recent term) grade point averages are 2.0 or better. A student must also maintain a minimum average score of 75% in all clinical and didactic courses and achieve a final course grade of 75% in all clinical and didactic courses. Students must also adhere to the clinical competency plan per the course syllabi, maintain satisfactory performance pace (completion of all attempted courses), and comply with all institutional and program policies. Student performance against SAP standards will be monitored in an ongoing manner throughout clinical and didactic activities and a grade for each course will be issued at the end of the term.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program utilizes a blended format in that some courses, assessments, and assignments are delivered using an online learning management system.
This is a full time program with on-site attendance required at the Chicago campus and other clinical rotation sites. The program is scheduled for eight hours a day, five days per week.
Students will be off six regular holidays per year. Those are:
In addition, students are given a total of 120 hours of personal time off (PTO). Winter break runs from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. The program begins annually in July and ends in December of the following year.