The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program at UCHealth provides high-quality clinical and didactic education needed to pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification exams in physics, obstetrics, gynecological, abdominal and superficial structure ultrasound. This program, located at the University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, maintains excellence by emphasizing clinical training and an advanced didactic curriculum.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at UCHealth is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at UCHealth accepts six to seven students each year. Acceptance into the program is very competitive, based on academic and work experiences, GPA, critical thinking abilities and communication skills. There is no waiting list.
The curriculum includes classroom instruction, laboratory training and hands-on scanning experience. This is a 13-month program, with each academic year beginning the first week of August and running through the end of August the following year. All instruction is conducted at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The program is considered full-time, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and includes four clinical and one didactic day of instruction each week.
This general sonography program curriculum focuses on ultrasound physics, abdomen and superficial parts, and obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound. Additional curriculum includes, but is not limited to, vascular, pediatric, fetal echocardiography, breast and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Graduation requirements for this program include satisfactory completion of required clinical competencies, a grade percentage above 70 percent in all subject areas and tuition payment in full.
Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a certificate, which makes them eligible to take the ARDMS certification examinations in OB-GYN, abdomen/superficial structure imaging and ultrasound physics. Passing the ARDMS certification examinations will result in receiving the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential. Please refer to this Outcomes Summary outlining further information about the program’s success rates.
The DMS Program at UCHealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin or disability. Any student who meets the physical and academic requirements is eligible to apply for the program.
Housing is the responsibility of the student.
Please note the following program structure change: Class will begin the first Monday of August, 2022, instead of the first Wednesday after Labor Day in September. Class for the cohort of 2022-2023 will run from the first Monday in August, 2022, through the end of August, 2023.
Program contact information:
Division of Ultrasound
University of Colorado Hospital, F-720
1635 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO 80045