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A sonographer imaging a woman's throat.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Prepare for a career as a sonographer with the Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). As a sonographer, you will integrate complex knowledge and advanced technical skills in the imaging of internal structures, and utilize advanced critical thinking skills to help assess function and determine the presence of disease processes in the human body. Work directly with patients with compassion, competence and concern as you fulfill a key role of the care team.


Upon completing the prerequisite courses at Oakland University, you will apply for a hospital-based accredited sonography program that combines rigorous academic coursework and clinical experiences at various hospital and clinical settings. When you graduate with this degree, you will be qualified to apply for various national certification exams in diagnostic medical sonography. Our program ensures that you are well-prepared for your new career.

Henry Ford Health System

  • 24-month, accredited program
  • Hospital setting
  • Clinical hours scheduled at various Henry Ford Health locations
  • Sonography specializations: Abdominal, Obstetrical & Gynecological, Musculoskeletal

Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

  • 21-month, accredited program
  • Hospital setting
  • Clinical hours at various Ascension hospital locations
  • Sonography specializations: Abdominal, Obstetrical & Gynecological, Vascular

The professional and clinical programs affiliated with OU are accredited, upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Areas of work: a variety of health care settings under a radiologist
  • Median annual salary: $70,000
  • Expected growth in the next decade: 14% (much faster than average)

Sara Rivard, MA, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
Coordinator of the Medical Imaging Sciences
[email protected]

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
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