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General Overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a medical imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to create dynamic and diagnostic images of organs, tissues, and blood flow within the body. Sonographers play an integral role in patient care and the diagnostic process. They are trained to recognize normal and abnormal anatomy and critically think through the diagnostic process based on these findings.

Student performing a sonography procedure.

Ultrasound is used in a variety of clinical settings which include obstetrics, gynecology, abdominal, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, interventional, and surgical and emergency medicine. The program includes an emphasis on abdominal and OB/GYN with an introduction to vascular anatomy and evaluation.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to become registered sonographers through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialties of abdomen and OB/GYN.

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The radiologic science program prepares students to practice competently, safely, and effectively as medical imaging professionals in diverse health care environments with awareness of global health issues. The academic and clinical foundation in the curriculum develops graduates with professional flexibility and adaptability to assume prominent roles and responsibilities after graduation in both career and scholarly pursuits.

Goals & Learning Outcomes

Students progress through the curriculum and meet course learning objectives that culminate in the accomplishment of specific program outcomes. The diagnostic medical sonography goals and student learning outcomes are accessible via the Program Goals & Learning Outcomes link.

Program Accreditation and Effectiveness Data

The program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

DMS Program Effectiveness Data

For further information please contact:

Amy Dela Cruz, M.S., RDMS, RVT, Medical Sonography Director
Division of Radiologic Science
3051 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7130
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7130

(919) 445-4741
Amy Dela Cruz

Alumni Testimonials

“The UNC sonography program provides students with a opportunity of a lifetime to pursue their dreams of entering into the healthcare field. With training from experienced clinical instructors and time spent at some of the country’s top medical centers, students can pursue all avenues that the field of sonography has to offer. I will forever be grateful for my time at UNC and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me as a credentialed sonographer.”

-Kennedy Enzor, DMS Alumnus, Class of 2023

“I cannot recommend the UNC diagnostic medical sonography program enough to anyone looking to peruse a career in ultrasound. The experience students gain throughout the program, and the opportunities given after graduation, are what makes this program such a success.”

-Kylie Noel, DMS Alumnus, Class of 2023