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Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Highly Skilled Sonography Graduates Help Patients

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate (DMS), or general sonography program, encompasses clinical and didactic instruction in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, neonatal, neurosonography, and other related ultrasound specialties. As highly skilled professionals working under the supervision of a licensed physician, our sonography graduates are valued members of the health care team whose diagnostic skills help guide patients to the proper path of treatment.  One hundred percent of graduates have passed their board examinations over the past four years.

The full-time, 15-month sonography certificate course of study includes Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Sonography. Clinical education is provided in active Radiology and Perinatal Testing departments equipped with the most advanced ultrasound equipment.

There are four degree and certificate options:

  • B.S. in Medical Imaging with partner institutions
  • Second B.S. option for those who hold a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Imagining
  • Post-certificate B.S. completion program.
  • New Jersey’s only CAAHEP-accredited bachelor’s degree program
  • Five-year 100 % passing rate on the national board certification exam
  • Most graduates gain certification in Abdominal and Ob/Gyn ultrasound
  • Ranked one of the best DMS programs nationally
  • Consistently exceeds all benchmarks established by accrediting agency
  • Faculty hold specialized certifications in the areas they teach
  • Our affiliation with a diverse population of health care facilities provides students with a comprehensive experience in the practical application of current and emerging technologies.

The Rutgers School of Health Professions is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

National Board Certification

Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements outlined under Prerequisite 2 of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ARMDS (  The ARDMS conducts a “pre-application review,” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. This review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied or are contemplating enrollment in a sonography program that might have a previous criminal matter.

Applicants who anticipate the need for testing accommodations should contact the appropriate board certification organization to find out the documents required to request such an accommodation. All students in the program are required to sit for the national board certification examinations. The program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (  This accreditation allows students to sit for national registry examinations up to two months prior to graduation.  Obtaining national registry credentials are essential to employment.

According to the US Department of Labor, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 24 % through 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population will result in an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. Health care providers are increasingly using ultrasound imaging as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to radiological procedures.  Ultrasound imaging is a rapidly evolving field, resulting in many new sonographic procedures enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not been used traditionally. The median annual wage of diagnostic medical sonographers was $63,630 in May 2015. (search Diagnostic Medical Sonography)

The program exceeds the required benchmarks for national board examinations and job placement.  One hundred percent of graduates passed their board examinations over the past 4 years.


Program Retention Rates

Graduating Year


Number of Students


Program Retention Rate

  Entered Graduated  
Class of 2017 16 13 81%
Class of 2016 *15 11 79%
Class of 2015 16 14 88%
Class of 2014 16 13 81%
Class of 2013 16 15 94%

*1 student went on Leave of Absence and was not counted


Credentialing Examination Pass Rates


Graduating Year


Number of Students


Pass Rate

  * Took Exams ** Passed  
Class of 2017 13 13 100%
Class of 2016 11 11 100%
Class of 2015 14 14 100%
Class of 2014 13 13 100%
Class of 2013 15 15 100%
5 Year Average 66 66 100%

*Number of students that took the SPI exam and 1 or 2 specialty examinations

**Number that are registered (most are registered in both Abdomen and OB/Gyn)

Job Placement Rates

Employment status is checked between 8 months and 1 year post graduation


Graduating Year


Number of Students

  Seeking Employment * Employed  
Class of 2017  12 12  100%
Class of 2016  11 11  100%
Class of 2015  14 13  93%
Class of 2014 13 11 85%
Class of 2013 15 13 85%
5 Year Average 65 62 (63) 95% (97%)

*Follow-up employment status: 63 of the 65 graduates were employed in the field. One of the graduates was lost to follow-up.

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other noninvasive diagnostic services
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health
  • Develop and cultivate the confidence and responsibility needed to perform as a competent sonographer
  • Understand and recognize the importance of adaptability
  • Implement and perform diagnostic procedures adhering to acceptable departmental, institutional, governmental and professional standards
  • Encompass strategies that assure professional development at a level of clinical practice consistent with acceptable standards
  • Establish values and attitudes congruent with professional standards and ethics
  • Demonstrate awareness of and operate within the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer’s scope of practice.

Application deadline is Jan. 15 for a Fall start.

The Department of Medical Imaging Sciences – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offers a joint Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging Sciences in collaboration with the following institutions:

  • Bloomfield College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician College
  • Georgian Court College
  • New Jersey City University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • College of Saint Elizabeth

The degree offers a unique combination of a liberal arts education and entry into the postgraduate health career of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

  • The first six semesters of liberal study are taken at the partner institution (approximately 90 semester hours). General education courses lead toward a concentration in biology with requirements in math, physics, chemistry and biology. The clinical track is selected in the late sophomore or early junior year through an application to Rutgers-SHP.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.85 and have met or be scheduled to complete all prerequisite requirements prior to the planned date for enrolling in the fourth-year specialization coursework. A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Physics or the equivalent courses.
  • Students admitted to the 4th year professional phase are selected by an Admissions Committee from among those applicants meeting these minimum standards.
  • Medical Terminology is an essential foundation for the courses in the program. It is suggested that students accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program take a college level course or online certificate course prior to the start of the program in September.


Clinical affiliations are located throughout New Jersey. Students rotate to various clinical facilities. Although a student’s home address is considered, placement at clinical facilities is based on a number of factors. Students should be prepared to travel.

Application deadline is April 1 for a Fall start.

Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited United States University or College. Foreign graduates must also meet additional requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology* I (3-4 credits, no lab required)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology* II (3-4 credits, no lab required)
  • Medical Terminology * (does not have to have college credits)
  • College level Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)
  • DXMS4160 – **Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or any college level Physics course (2-4 credits)
  • English (6 credits)
  • A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses
  • All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply. However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.
  • Suggested coursework: Introduction to Computers, knowledge of PowerPoint.

**Please click here for more information on this course or call 908-889-2521. To access the online registration form, click here

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program.

Foreign Educated Applicants

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if sent by the applicant in a sealed school envelope.
  • Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade). You may obtain an evaluation by contacting World Education Services, Inc. at or by e-mail at
  • Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores of: reading 20, listening 20, speaking 26, and writing 24. the computer-based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of internet-based scores).