Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Submajor

Program Overview


Two female students studying an image of a sonogram while at their internship at UWHealth UW Hospital and Clinics

The College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Diagnostic Medical Sonography is offered by the CHS' Department of Biomedical Sciences as one of seven submajors in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) degree program. As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you'll use high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as sonography, a sonogram, or an ultrasound scan. You will produce quality medical images of the human body to aid the physician in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease.

This is a four-year baccalaureate program in which students complete 4 or more semesters of preclinical course work to prepare for the 2-year professional and clinical training. UWM student applicants have two clinical affiliate options:

  1. University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) in Madison, WI. Offers education and a learning concentration of General, Vascular, and Cardiac Ultrasound.
  2. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sponsored Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with clinical affiliates in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI. Offers education with a learning concentration of General, Vascular, and Cardiac Ultrasound.

Applicants choose between two clinical tracks: General Sonography and Echocardiography. Clinical courses are completed within the progam accepted to. Since program options include professional training in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, applicants will have to be willing to relocate. Upon completion of this degree and professional certification, students enter the field to perform examinations and provide images using diagnostic ultrasound or high frequency sound waves.