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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Details

Visualize your future in the medical field working with physicians and helping them determine a medical diagnosis for patients. CVTC offers a two-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree.

In the program, you will learn how to:

  • Obtain and record an accurate patient history.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and obtain diagnostic images.
  • Analyze technical information.
  • Use independent judgment to recognize the need to extend the scope of a procedure, depending upon the diagnostic findings.
  • Provide an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
  • Provide quality patient care.
  • Collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team.

The program includes a seven-month internship at a clinical site to provide hands-on experience.

This program has an advanced placement entry option. Advanced placement is an opportunity for graduates of a related program to further their education. Learn more about advanced placement for this program.

Just the Facts

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
70 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $13,412

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed program information.

Email us at therightchoice@cvtc.edu for more help!

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Get a Job

92% of our Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates reported an average starting salary of $66,035.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
For more detailed course info, click here.

  • Abdominal Sonography
    Prepares learners to perform ultrasounds of the abdominal organs including liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, pancreas, spleen, urinary tract, aorta, and retroperitoneum.
  • OB/GYN Sonography 1
    Prepares learners to perform ultrasounds of the nongravid uterus and the first trimester pregnancy. Explores the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the female reproductive system as well as intrauterine and ectopic pregnancies.
  • Superficial Sonography
    Prepares learner to perform ultrasounds of the thyroid, breast, male reproductive system, musculoskeletal system, and GI tract.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technician

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 17% growth is projected in diagnostic medical sonography positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Medical sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings.

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