BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Degree Program Description

Sonographers (Ultrasound technologists) use high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow in two, three, and four dimensions. Sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, private physician offices and other medical facilities performing examinations in their areas of specialization. Areas of specialization include: Abdomen, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Echocardiography, and Vascular technology. Sonographers function with a high degree of independence, using skill, judgment and knowledge to gather data required to reach a diagnosis. The DMU program includes two years of pre-requisite coursework and two years of professional coursework. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound from the University of Missouri. Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge the credentialing examination administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete Program Pre-requisite courses below with a grade of C- or higher to be eligible to apply to the BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound major. Major Core Requirements must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher within the program, unless otherwise noted. Students must also meet degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements. In addition to the degree requirements below, the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program requires an application, including an interview, and students are encouraged to work with an advisor in order to best structure the pre-requisites and prepare for the program application.

Program Pre-requisite48
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
MATH 1100College Algebra3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
or PSYCH 1000H General Psychology - Honors
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
PHIL 2440Medical Ethics3
or HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics
or HLTH_SCI 4480W Clinical Ethics - Writing Intensive
or CDS 4480 Clinical Ethics
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
or HLTH_SCI 3900HW Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intenisive
DMU 1000Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound1
Major Core Requirements80
DMU 3309Normal Ultrasound Clinical5
DMU 3212Sectional Anatomy3
DMU 3313Ultrasound Physics (In Summer 2019, DMU 3313 will be offered as DMU 4313)3
DMU 3315Ultrasound Instrumentation3
DMU 3322Superficial Organs Ultrasound3
DMU 4001Topics in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound3
DMU 4085WProblems in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound - Writing Intensive3
DMU 4234Clinical Pathophysiology3
DMU 4314Abdominal Ultrasound5
DMU 4318Gynecology Ultrasound3
DMU 4320Obstetrics Ultrasound3
DMU 4325Ultrasound Clinical Pharmacology and Contrast Agents3
DMU 4326Vascular Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Hemodynamics3
DMU 4332Vascular Ultrasound4
DMU 4941Ultrasound Clinical I *7
DMU 4342Adult Cardiac Ultrasound5
DMU 4944Vascular Ultrasound Clinical IV *7
DMU 4945Cardiac Ultrasound Clinical V *6
DMU 4993Ultrasound Clinical II *8
*Denotes courses in which a grade of B (3.0) or higher is required.

Professional Certification

Upon successfully completing the requirements of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) for certification in Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vascular Technology.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
PSYCH 10003DMU 10001 
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003SOCIOL 10003 
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
 CHEM 13204 
 14 14  
Second Year
COMMUN 12003CDS 21903DMU 32123
PHYSCS 12104MPP 32025DMU 33133
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5HLTH_SCI 3900W3DMU 4085 (Writing Intensive Course)1
PHIL 24403STAT 1200, 1300, or ESC_PS 41703 
 15 14 7
Third Year
DMU 33095DMU 4085W1DMU 49417
DMU 33153DMU 43145 
DMU 33223DMU 43183 
DMU 4085W1DMU 43203 
DMU 42343DMU 43253 
 15 15 7
Fourth Year
DMU 43263DMU 40013DMU 49456
DMU 43324DMU 43425 
DMU 49938DMU 49447 
 15 15 6
Total Credits: 137

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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