Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is commonly known as 'ultrasound.' Sonographers are healthcare professionals who utilize imaging technology to assist in the process of medical diagnosis. Sonographers have skills that are utilized by many specialties, including emergency medicine, pediatrics, fertility, oncology, musculoskeletal and general medicine. Since the foundation of DMS is technology, the field is dynamic and constantly advancing as technology becomes more sophisticated. Sonographers are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, while at the same time interacting directly with patients.
The DMS program is a 21-month long cohort program, which begins in the fall each year. Admittance is selectively granted to students who have completed 2 years of required general education and prerequisite courses. Student applications for placement in the fall cohort are due by February 1 every year. Applications available at www.gvsu.edu/dms/.
Class offerings within the cohort program are tailored to prepare students to be successful in sonography through lecture, lab and clinical courses in the following areas:
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics projects that the ultrasound field will grow 24% in the next decade, which it describes as much faster than average growth. Sonographers are currently in demand, and find employment in a variety of settings, including clinics, physician offices, traveling ultrasound services, research institutions, and hospitals.