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Program Overview

Abdominal and obstetrics-gynecology sonographers work collaboratively with radiologists and other specialized physicians to diagnose a diverse range of conditions using invasive and noninvasive procedures using complex computerized high frequency sound waves and Doppler signal equipment. 

The sonographer must acquire excellent knowledge of sectional anatomy, clinical medicine, pathology and the use of sonographic instrumentation. Sonographers are responsible for patient care during procedures, which may include inpatient, outpatient, surgery, and mobile work.

It is critical that sonographers have exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to develop a high level of interpersonal relationships with patients, other staff, physicists, and physicians.

The General Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered by the Department of Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences within the College of Health Professions.  

Admissions Process

Application Deadline: February 1st 

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Students spend two years completing the general education and prerequisite courses. After admission to the secondary competitive program, students complete two years of full-time professional coursework.

Why Study Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Grand Valley?

  • Commitment to quality is demonstrated by achievement of accreditation through the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Students are qualified to sit for and are successful in passing the national board registrations PRIOR to graduation.
  • Strong curriculum and knowledgeable, clinically practicing faculty prepare students for national certification exams.
  • Students enjoy small class sizes, cohort educational experiences, and clinical rotations offered at multiple physician offices and hospital affiliates.
  • Rotation of clinical site placements expose students to diverse experiences, allowing students to not only gain future references but also to prepare them for future employment.
  • Laboratory facilities utilize state-of-the-art sonographic equipment to prepare students for current and emerging techniques and protocols.