Frequently Asked Questions

Sonography (DMIS) AAS Degree and Certificate 

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body.

Job responsibilities for someone in this field will include obtaining medical histories; performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images; analyzing technical information; providing summaries of findings to physicians for medical diagnosis; and collaborating with physicians and other members of a health care team to ensure the best possible patient care.

Being able to communicate with patients and demonstrate compassion for patients who are sick or in pain is very important. In addition, sonographers must be able to "think on their feet" to obtain the highest-quality exam due to variances in every patient's anatomy. Lastly, people interested in sonography should enjoy being challenged, be able to stand for 8-12 hours per day, and be willing to complete required continuing education classes during the course of their career.

Imaging procedures are generally performed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and in private doctor's offices. There are also opportunities for technologists to become commercial application specialists for medical equipment companies, educators and hospital administrators.

College of DuPage offers three sonography programs.

  • Applicants interested in the two-year AAS Degree in Sonography must complete the necessary prerequisite and general degree courses prior to acceptance into the program. To be considered for Fall admission, completed applications must be received by the application deadline. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the Spring term preceding the start of the program in the Fall.
  • Applicants interested in the 18 month DMIS Advanced Certificate in General Sonograhy program must already have completed a two-year Allied Health science program and hold a current license in a health-related field before being accepted into the DMIS program.
  • Applicants interested in the 6 month Vascular Sonography certificate must already have completed a General or Echocardiography Sonography program with ARDMS/CCI registry in one or more of the following specialties: Abdomen/Superficial Structures, Echocardiography, and Obstetrics/Gynecology.

College of DuPage DMIS students have obtained employment after graduation in many of the community hospitals and clinics within the Chicago area as well as other states. In addition, several students were able to obtain part-time employment in area sonography departments while completing degree/certificate requirements.

At COD, students specialize in abdomen/superficial structures, obstetrics and gynecology, and/or vascular imaging (depending on if they are degree or certificate students). College of DuPage also offers the didactic courses and/or hands-on scanning labs courses to sonographers or physicians trying to enhance their skills or prepare for certification boards.

This profession has advanced significantly over the past 20 years. With continued developments in technology and an increased use of diagnostic ultrasound procedures, growth is projected to be moderately high rate in this career field. The overall salary range for sonographers finishing either the DMIS Certificate or AAS Sonography Degree Program at College of DuPage ranges between $60,000 and $80,000, dependent on the location and type of facility the graduate works. Salary can also vary based on how many registries the graduate has passed.

Vascular Sonography

NOTE: Availability is limited for the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Vascular Sonography Certificate program. Applicants currently enrolled in the Advanced General Sonography certificate program are given priority for admission.

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Vascular Sonography is a medical imaging modality that specializes in the use of high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders of the arteries and veins.

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Vascular Sonography is a medical imaging modality that specializes in the use of high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders of the arteries and veins.

Being able to communicate with patients and demonstrate compassion for patients who are sick or in pain is very important. In addition, technologists must be able to "think on their feet" to obtain the highest-quality exam because of the variances in every patient's anatomy and disease presentation. Lastly, people interested in sonography should enjoy being challenged, be able to stand for 8-12 hours per day, and be willing to complete required continuing education classes during the course of their career.

Imaging procedures are generally done in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private doctors' offices and independent laboratories. There are also opportunities for sonographers to become commercial application specialists for medical equipment companies, educators and hospital administrators.

The Vascular certificate program is designed to further enhance the careers of current registered sonographers by adding the Vascular specialty to their skill set.

The overall salary range for vascular sonographers finishing the programs at College of DuPage ranges between $60,000 and $75,000, dependent on the specialties the graduate completes and the specific registries from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) that the graduate successfully passes.

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