Program Information


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.

Professional Course Sequence

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Abdominal Professional Courses: 66-68 credit hours

Note: Starting Fall 2015...Physics II (PHY 221) is no longer required for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Job Shadow / Clinical Observation

How to arrange a job shadow...

  • Take advantage of any connections you might have, such as family members, family friends, neighbors, or acquaintances who are members of the profession or who know someone who is in the profession.
  • After each time you job shadow a healthcare professional ask if he/she can refer you to someone else in the profession.
  • View a list of clinics and hospitals in your area that offer this experience

Sonography Student

Career Options

Sonographers are in demand and find employment in a variety of settings, including clinics and physician offices, traveling ultrasound services, research institutions, and hospitals. To find sonography-specific positions, search the following resources:

National Board Exams

Students working toward a B.S. degree in radiologic and imagining sciences with a major in diagnostic medical sonography from GVSU become eligible for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations specific to the concentrations completed. Eligibility for ARDMS examinations is achieved upon completion of 1680 contact hours (which occurs in November or December of the senior year before graduation the following April). Graduation is not contingent on passing ARDMS examinations. 

Individuals who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or charged with or convicted of a crime may not be eligible for national certification by the ARDMS. Student are strongly advised to work the ARDMS for pre-application review of eligibility for certification from their website or call 301-738-8401 for more information.