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Morehead State University
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Morehead, Kentucky 40351
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Morehead State University is an area of concentration in the Imaging Sciences bachelor's degree program. Sonography is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Sonography is commonly associated with obstetrics and the use of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, but this technology has many other applications in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions throughout the body. Along with lecture courses, the program provides hands-on opportunities in its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and during clinical assignments at health care agencies associated with the program.  Graduates may be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' (ARDMS) national certifying examinations in the areas of sonographic physics and instrumentation, abdomen and obstetrics/gynecology.  The program prepares graduates who seek employment in hospitals, imaging centers, and physicians' offices as diagnostic medical sonographers.

The program has a selective admission process and limited enrollment.  Students are admitted once a year in April, with classes beginning in the second summer session of each year.  The qualified applicant must be a radiographer who is registry-eligible or registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and must have completed all prerequisites prior to entry.

Following official acceptance, the program consists of 13 months (full-time) of didactic coursework and clinical practice averaging 30 - 36 hours per week.  The student will begin courses during Summer II. 



The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, in conjunction with the Department and University's Mission, is committed to preparing graduates to function as competent entry level sonographers and to provide a foundation for continued lifetime learning designated in diagnostic medical sonography.


The student will:

1.Be prepared to practice as competent entry level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

            Students manipulate equipment controls to provide optimum image quality.

            Students recognize and differentiate various pathologies.

            Students exhibit professional and ethical behavior during sonographic procedures.

            Students complete the diagnostic medical sonography program and gain employment.

            Graduates pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers credentialing examinations.

2. Integrate scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective communication methods to provide quality care and useful diagnostic information.

            Students practice effective oral communication skills.

            Students practice effective written communication skills.

 3. Employ critical thinking.

            Students analyze sonographic principles and apply the information.

            Students demonstrate competence in the performance of diagnostic medical sonography procedures.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Effectiveness Data


Graduate Year


Program Completion Rate

2014 100% (10/10) 























ARDMS Sonography Physics & Instrumentation   Passage Rate



ARDMS Abdomen

Passage Rate


ARDMS Obstetrics/Gynecology Passage Rate



 MSU Rate 

 National Rate   

 MSU Rate 

 National Rate 

 MSU Rate

 National Rate

 2014 100% (10/10)      100% (10/10)           100% (10/10)      


     100%          81%      100%          68%          100%            80%   


































Graduate Year


Job Placement Rate

 2014 90% 






















Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  Contact the CAAHEP at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL (727) 210-2350.

Clinical education occurs during the Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II sessions. Currently, the clinical education centers associated with the program are:

Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY
Baptist Health Richmond, Richmond, KY
Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV
Cabell Perinatal Center, Huntington, WV
Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY
Community Medical Associates, Louisville, KY
Harper OB/GYN, Prestonsburg, KY
Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, KY
Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, KY
Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville, KY
Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY
Pikeville Medical Women's Care Center, Pikeville, KY
Primary Plus OB/Gyn, Maysville, KY
Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH
St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, KY
St. Joseph East Healthcare, Lexington, KY
St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY
St. Joseph Mt. Sterling, Mt. Sterling, KY
Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa, KY
UK Women's Health OB & Gyn, Lexington, KY
UK Healthcare Good Samaritan, Lexington, KY

Note: The above list of clinical education centers may change due to contract negotiations.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Careers
Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers a wide variety of career opportunities. Graduates may become employed in hospitals, physicians offices, clinics, education, research, sales, and applications. Opportunities for travel are also available.  DMS graduates in eastern Kentucky can typically expect a starting salary of approximately $45,000 - $48,000 annually.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has a selective admission policy that is separate, in addition to,  the University's admission procedure.  Admission to Morehead State University does not guarantee admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment.  Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the enrollment capacity, the successful applicants with the highest grade point average in the required general education courses, support courses, and radiography courses will be selected.

BS in Imaging Sciences Program Flyer

Admission Criteria

A. Unconditional acceptance to Morehead State University through the Office of Admissions.  See link above.

B. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C". (Some courses can be transferred from other institutions.)

BIOL 234* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSC 1 exchange course) - 3
BIOL 235* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3
CIS 101 - Computer Literacy - 3
COMS 108 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3
ENG 100 - Writing I - 3
ENG 200 - Writing II - 3
MATH 152 - College Algebra - 3
IMS/NURS 202 - Medical Terminology - 2
HUM I & HUM II - Humanities Distribution Requirement - 6
NSC II - Natural Sciences Distribution Requirement - 3
SBS I & SBS II - Social/Behavioral Distribution Requirement - 6
FYS 101 - First Year Seminar - 3
Total General Education & Support Courses - 41 Credit Hours

*If BIOL 244 & 244A and 245 & 245A are taken it increases total degree credit hours by 2.

Note: If student did not take a FYS 101 course they must take an additional 3 hours in SBS.


C. More than two failures of pre-radiologic science courses within two complete academic years will result in ineligibility for admission. This includes failure of more than two courses or failures of the same course more than twice. Students with course failure(s) prior to two complete academic years will be considered for admission if the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress ("C" or above in required courses) since the course failure(s)

D. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for all required college work.

E. Graduate of the Associate Degree Radiologic Science Program at MSU or other radiography program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Considerations for non-JRCERT program graduates will be considered on an individual or program basis. Graduates of an approved program may receive an equivalent block credit to satisfy the radiography component.

F. Registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

G. Meet health and physical capability requirements established by the Department of Imaging Sciences.

H. Possess current certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted beginning in January and must be received by the 1st Monday in April.

A. Submit a complete application packet with the following required materials:

1. Imaging Sciences Admission Application designating the Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Program or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Applicants applying to both programs must rank the programs into a first and second choice. Entrance will not be granted to both programs.

2. Official transcripts documenting all courses required for admission. Students currently enrolled are required to submit spring mid-term grades for consideration. Students attending institutions that do not provide mid-term grades must submit a letter from the radiography program coordinator or individual faculty in general education courses stating the student's letter grade at the current time for each course. All letters must be submitted on official institutional letterhead. Students must complete required courses with a "C" or better and maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

3. Copy of course description(s) if course equivalencies are not listed on the transfer credit webpage.

4. Copy of the current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists registration card for radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

5. Copy of the current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance) registration card (if applicable).

6. Copy of the current American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registration card (if applicable).

B. Mail all application materials to:

Morehead State University
Department of Imaging Sciences
Academic Counseling Coordinator
316 W. 2nd. St., Suite 210
Morehead, Kentucky 40351

Note: If applying to both the DMS and CT/MR Options of the BS in Imaging Sciences, you must rank your choice. Please select which program is your first and second preference. Entrance will not be granted to both programs. Failure to rank your choices (if applying to both programs) will make your application invalid.


Conditions for Enrollment

A. Maintain established health and physical capabilities: (also may be required for retention at the discretion of the faculty). After admission into the program, the Department of Imaging Sciences will provide a health form to be completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner.

1. Vision capabilities:
a. Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60
b. Able to distinguish color shade changes

2. Auditory capabilities:
a. Possess normal or corrected hearing ability within 0 to 45-decibel range

3. Tactile capabilities:
a. Possess in at least one hand the ability to perceive temperature change and pulsation and to differentiate between various textures and structures
b. Recognize an object by touching and handling

4. Language capabilities:
a. Possess the ability to verbally communicate

5. Minimal motor capabilities:
a. Grasp securely with two functional upper limbs
b. Push and/or pull moveable objects weighing 100-150 lbs
c. Lift at least 25 lbs. without assistance
d. Stand for long periods of time
e. Walk without assistance of canes, crutches, walkers, and/or humans
f. Reach above shoulders and below waist
g.Twist, bend, stoop/squat, and move quickly

6. Mental health:
a. Possess the ability to adapt to the environment, function in everyday activities, and cope with stressors

7. Freedom from transmittable disease as documented by:
a. Negative PPD and/or chest x-ray within immediate past 12 months
b. Rubella and rubeola antibody test (titer values that indicate immunity) documentation of MMR ( Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps) vaccine
c. Hepatitis B Vaccine series
d. Varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or serologic evidence of immunity
e. Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)
f. Immunization as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Committee on Infectious Disease of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

B. Maintain current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provides (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

C. Clinical education is a mandatory component of the programs. Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education centers, students are required to obtain a criminal background check and/or undergo drug testing prior to acceptance to the clinical assignment. The student is responsible for the incurred cost. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

Fees and Expenses

An Estimated Cost of Attendance for a student at Morehead State University can be found on the Office of Financial Aid Web page.  An approximate cost for the DMS Program (excluding pre-requisites) is $10,000.  Fees and expenses specific to the program are in addition to those required by MSU. These are subject to change without notification. The students are responsible for the purchase of:

1. dark gray uniforms,

2. white hose (if applicable),

3. white or black clinical shoes,

4. dark gray lab coat,

5. malpractice insurance,

6. laboratory fees,

7. all housing and transportation expenses incurred during clinical internship assignments.

As required, students are also responsible for all fees for:

1. criminal background checks,

2. drug testing,

3. certification examinations, and

4. all applicable course fees.

Morehead State University
Department of Imaging Sciences
Center for Health, Education & Research
316 W. 2nd. St., Suite 210D
Morehead KY, 40351

Alicia Poage 606-783-2646
Fax: 606-783-5051

E-mail: Alicia Poage

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