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.
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
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)
Clinical Education IV
Note: Final course sequence is subject to change.
Students attend clinical assignments within a 30 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, 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.
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 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.