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

Degree Program Description

Ultrasonography, commonly called sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Ultrasonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, superficial structures, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Ultrasonography can record capture size, function, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images in 2D, 3D. The professionals who perform these procedures are known as sonographers or ultrasound technologists. There are several areas of specialization in the field of ultrasound: Abdomen, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Echocardiography, and Vascular technology. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer performs an essential role in the process of data gathering and synthesis required to reach a diagnosis. Ultrasound is a profession requiring a high degree of independence, skill, judgment and knowledge. Sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, private physician offices and other medical facilities performing examinations in their areas of specialization. The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) Program offers multiple educational options.

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Major Program Requirements

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) Program offers multiple educational options.

Any student interested in applying to the DMU Program should seek advisement as soon as possible to assure that all general education and prerequisite courses including the criteria for application have been completed.

Students must complete the courses listed below in addition to degree and university requirements, which include university general education requirements.

Major core requirements
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology1-3
or RU_SOC 1000 Rural Sociology
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
DMU 1000Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound1
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CDS 4480Clinical Ethics3
or HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
Humanities Course3
Humanities, social science or behavioral science course (2000-level or higher)3
Core requirements
DMU 4001Topics in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound3
DMU 4200Principles of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound3
DMU 4234Clinical Pathophysiology3
DMU 4309Normal Ultrasound Clinical5
DMU 4311Pathological Images of Ultrasound3
DMU 4312Sectional Anatomy3
DMU 4313Ultrasound Physics3
DMU 4314Abdominal Ultrasound5
DMU 4318Gynecology Ultrasound3
DMU 4320Obstetrics Ultrasound3
DMU 4322Superficial Organs Ultrasound3
DMU 4325Ultrasound Clinical Pharmacology and Contrast Agents3
DMU 4326Vascular Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Hemodynamics3
DMU 4330Vascular Ultrasound Lab3
DMU 4332Vascular Ultrasound4
DMU 4338Cardiac Ultrasound, Principles and Hemodynamics3
PHIL 2440Medical Ethics3
DMU 4941Ultrasound Clinical I7
DMU 4943Ultrasound Clinical III6
DMU 4944Vascular Ultrasound Clinical IV7
DMU 4993Ultrasound Clinical II8
Total Credits142-144

Professional Certification

Upon successfully completing the requirements of the program, BHS 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 
CHEM 13204BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
 13 15  
Second Year
COMMUN 12003CDS 21903CDS 4480 or HLTH_SCI 3900W3
PHYSCS 12104MPP 32025DMU 42003
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5HLTH_SCI 3900W3DMU 43123
 ESC_PS 4170, STAT 1200, or STAT 13003 
 Humanities (level 2000+)3 
 12 17 9
Third Year
DMU 43095DMU 42343DMU 49417
DMU 43113DMU 43145 
DMU 43133DMU 43183 
DMU 43153DMU 43203 
DMU 43253DMU 43223 
 17 17 7
Fourth Year
DMU 43263DMU 40013 
DMU 49436DMU 43303 
DMU 49938DMU 43324 
 DMU 49447 
 17 17  
Total Credits: 141

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Degree Audit

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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