Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (BSDMS)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a multi-specialty profession comprised of abdominal, breast, cardiac, musculoskeletal, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, and other emerging areas. All these diverse specialties use ultrasound as the primary technology to obtain the images needed. The individual that uses and controls the ultrasound machine is called the diagnostic medical sonographer. 

The role of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient data to facilitate diagnostic results
  • Perform procedures and record anatomy, pathology, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and observations
  • Exercise discretion and judgement
  • Demonstrate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Facilitate communication and education to patients

Undergraduate Program

Bellin College’s Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (BSDMS) program  will provide excellent opportunities, resources, and state-of-the-art facilities for students — including a fully operational sonography lab. Students will gain clinical, educational, and laboratory training that will help provide the skills needed to be confident in their career.

Students in the BSDMS program will choose one of two concentrations: General Vascular or Cardiovascular. Both concentrations have a shared focus on vascular technology, ergonomics while scanning to reduce injury rates, and practice opportunities in the sonography lab. The remaining courses will focus on specialties specific to the chosen concentration. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography after three consecutive years.

Program Philosophy

In association with the mission of Bellin College, it is the intention of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography to educate medical imaging students who will function as proficient health care professionals and team members possessing a constant concern for quality patient care and technical competency. It is the school’s intention to maintain the highest program standards, thus insuring accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission guaranteeing graduates their eligibility for examination by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Why choose Bellin College for your sonography education?

Our program will provide you with excellent opportunities, resources, and state of the art facilities to excel your academic and clinical experience. In addition, our unique program will offer you:

  • A three-year program with an emphasis on leadership and management, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Ability to choose between a general/vascular or cardio/vascular concentration
  • A full-time three-semester academic year.
  • Small student to faculty ratio for individual learning; 6:1 or 10:1
  • Direct entry into the program; once you are accepted into Bellin College you are also accepted into your program. We do not maintain a wait list.
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) board eligible in (depending on concentration):
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn)
    • Abdomen
    • Vascular Technology
    • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
    • Adult Echocardiography
    • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Obtaining a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in leadership and management will excel your career and management opportunities in the field.
  • Ergonomic course taught by a licensed athletic trainer to teach safe sonography practices.
  • Sonography lab with multiple ultrasound machines.
  • Multiple imaging phantoms (objects simulating anatomical structures of the body and designed to mimic human tissue) to enhance learning.
  • Sonography simulator with pathology for ob/gyn and echocardiography exams
  • Flex classrooms that can be arranged in various configurations to promote a collaborative learning environment
  • Assigned clinical sites around the greater Green Bay area— you don’t have to find your own!
  • 1,200+ scheduled clinical hours

There are only 4 programs in Wisconsin that offer a Bachelor program for general vascular and 1 of 2 programs in Wisconsin that offers a bachelors degree for Cardiovascular.  There are currently no bachelor programs in the United States that offer Pediatric Echo!*

*Information provided by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) website.

Post-Graduate Certificate

Sonographers registered in vascular technology: take your career to the next level!

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Certificate program
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Certificate program (DCS) is a fast-track adult echocardiography program designed for working sonographers registered in vascular technology (RVT) through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  This two semester program teaches all didactic courses online with one mandatory weekend clinical intensive (in-person) requirement in the Fall semester.   DCS students will only have to come to the Bellin College campus for their one weekend intensive.  Clinical requirements of 400 hours are met at the sonographer’s current employer or with placement assistance from Bellin College faculty.     

Learn more about the DCS certificate


Please contact Bellin College Admissions at,
(920) 433-6650, or use our online contact form.


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