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 If you're interested in a career that combines helping others with using the latest medical technology, consider Morehead State's Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). Our program offers you not only the knowledge, but the hands-on experience to pursue a career in medical imaging.

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.

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 throughout the region. 

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 35-40 hours per week.  The student will begin courses during Summer II. 

Program Requirements

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU admission requirements.
For course lists and additional program requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.


Admission Criteria

  1. Unconditional acceptance to Morehead State University through the Office of Admissions.  
  2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C" (Some courses can be transferred from other institutions):
  • FYS 101 – First Year Seminar 3 hours
  • COMS 108 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication, 3 hours.
  • ENG 100 - Writing I, 3 hours.
  • ENG 200 - Writing II, 3 hours.
  • MATH 152 - College Algebra (minimum), 3 hours.
  • IMS/NURS 202 - Medical Terminology, 2 hours.
  • Natural Sciences General Education Requirement, 6 hours.
  • BIOL 234 - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSC 1 counts as Natural Science General Education Requirement), 3 hours.
  • BIOL 235 - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 3 hours.
  • Social and Behavior Science General Education, 3 hours.
  • Arts and Humanities – 3 hours
  • Global Cultures Arts and Humanities – 3 hours
  • Ethics and Civic Engagement SBS – 3 hours

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

  • 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).
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for all required college work.
  • Graduates 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 evaluated on an individual or program basis. Graduates of an approved program may receive an equivalent block credit to satisfy the radiography component.
  • 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.
  • Meet health and physical capability requirements established by the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences.
  • 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 first Monday in April.

Submit a complete application packet with the following required materials:

  1. DMS Application
  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 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registration card (if applicable).

Mail all application materials to: 

Morehead State University 
Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences 
ATTN: Imaging Sciences
Center for Health, Education, and Research
316 W. 2nd. St., Suite 210 
Morehead, Kentucky 40351


Fees and Expenses

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:

  • Dark gray uniforms
  • White hosiery or tights (if applicable) 
  • White or black clinical shoes 
  • Dark gray lab coat
  • Malpractice insurance 
  • Laboratory fees 
  • All housing and transportation expenses incurred during clinical internship assignments

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

  • Criminal background checks 
  • Drug testing
  • Certification examinations
  • All applicable course fees

Students in the DMS program are required to fulfill clinical education requirements at one of MSU's partnering health care facilities:

  • Ashland Center for Women’s Health, Ashland, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY
  • BHMG Women’s Care Center, Lexington, KY
  • BHMG LEX OBGYN, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Baptist Health Richmond, Richmond, KY
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV 
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital Perinatal Center, Huntington, WV 
  • Clark Memorial Health, Jefferson, IN
  • Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY 
  • Grace Community Women's Health, Corbin, KY
  • Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Just for Women Health Solutions, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY 
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset, KY
  • Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Maysville, KY
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • Norton Children's MFM Downtown, Louisville, KY                                                   
  • Norton Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • Norton Children’s MFM St. Matthew's, Louisville, KY
  • Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY 
  • Pikeville Medical Center OBGYN, Pikeville, KY 
  • Primary Plus OB/Gyn, Maysville, KY              
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH 
  • SOMC OB & GYN Associates, Portsmouth, OH
  • St. Claire HealthCare, Morehead, KY 
  • CHI St. Joseph East Healthcare, Lexington, KY 
  • CHI St Joseph Health Imaging, Lexington, KY
  • CHI St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY
  • CHI St. Joseph Mt. Sterling, Mt. Sterling, KY 
  • UK Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, KY
  • UK Women’s Health OBGYN, Lexington, KY
  • UK Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, KY
  • UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital,  Lexington, Kentucky
  • UofL Health, Louisville, KY
  • Lexington VA Health Care System, Lexington, KY

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

Career Opportunities

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 $70,000 – $80,000 annually.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.