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 Prerequisite 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 prerequisites and prepare for the program application.

Program Prerequisites34
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
MATH 1100College Algebra3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
or CHEM 1100 Atoms and Molecules with Lab
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
DMU 1000Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound1
Major Core Requirements78
DMU 3309Normal Ultrasound Clinical5
DMU 3212Sectional Anatomy3
DMU 3313Sonography Principles and Instrumentation I 3
DMU 3315Sonography Principles and Instrumentation II3
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 4326Sonography Principles and Instrumentation III3
DMU 4332Vascular Ultrasound4
DMU 4342Adult Cardiac Ultrasound6
DMU 4941Ultrasound Clinical I *7
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, Cardiac, 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
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003PHYSCS 12104 
CHEM 11004Humanities/Fine Arts3 
Social/Behavioral Science3STAT 1200, 1300, or ESC_PS 41703 
 13 13  
Second Year
PHIL 24403MPP 32025DMU 32123
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5CDS 21903DMU 33133
Humanities/Fine Arts31000+ level writing intensive course3 
DMU 10001Social/Behavioral Science3 
 12 14 6
Third Year
DMU 33095DMU 43145DMU 49417
DMU 33153DMU 43183DMU 4085W3
DMU 33223DMU 43203 
DMU 42343DMU 43263 
 14 14 10
Fourth Year
DMU 43324DMU 40013DMU 49456
DMU 49938DMU 43425 
 DMU 49447 
 12 15 6
Total Credits: 129

DMU 1000 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound is required for application to the DMU Program. Prospective students may enroll in the fall semester or the spring semester.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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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