Program Description

This full-time, 18-month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program prepares competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdominal sonography-extended and obstetrics and gynecology sonography concentrations. Students navigate a deeply enriching and encompassing didactic and Scan Laboratory curriculum, while gaining hands-on clinical experience at various facilities throughout the Johns Hopkins Medicine Network and other highly recognized clinical facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) uses high frequency sound waves to obtain diagnostic images of the human body. Program curriculum includes a thorough understanding of routine diagnostic exam practices with concentration in specific specialties such as: abdominal sonography, high-risk obstetric sonography, gynecologic sonography, sonography of superficial structures, neuro and pediatric sonography, breast sonography, and exposure to vascular sonography.

Graduates enrolled directly into the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program earn a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates enrolled in a college affiliate of the program earn a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging as well as a medical imaging Bachelor of Science degree from their affiliated college.

Graduates of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Abdomen and OB/GYN national board examinations.

Clinical affiliate facilities of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program include: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Breast Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center and Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital, Luminis Health Imaging, Luminis Health Breast Imaging Annapolis, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Mercy Medical Center and Center for Advanced Fetal Care, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

For more information, please see our catalog or contact Hayley O. Bartkus, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director, at [email protected].

For information regarding the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Cardiac Sonography, please contact Ashley Brown, Echocardiography Program Director, at [email protected].

Program Outcomes

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  • The following prerequisite courses are required for all applicants and must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or better. In addition, the combined grade point average of all prerequisite coursework must average to be 3.0 or better. Please use our spreadsheet to determine your eligibility for this program.
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit course with laboratory)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit course with laboratory)
    • Physics for science (4 credit course with lab)
    • College Algebra (3 credit course)
    • Medical Terminology (3 credit course)
    • Interpersonal Communication or Speech (3 credit course)
    • Psychology (3 credit course)
    • Statistics (3 credit course)
  • Please contact the program director if the course you have taken or that is offered as your institution does not exactly match these course titles to verify they meet our requirements.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a two year Associate degree.

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America, or a permanent resident (hold a green card)
  • Be 18 years old at the time of matriculation
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40
  • Two letters of recommendation using the provided form in the applications*.
    • One from a college science or math instructor
    • One from your present employer
  • Personal Statement Essay (500-750 words) indicating why you wish to pursue a career in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Transcripts documenting all post high school education. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the agencies in the United States that performs academic credential evaluations
  • If you are not completing a degree with one of our affiliated colleges or universities, you must have a minimum of an associates degree completed before the June start date of the program.

  • Please complete the application with required documents by December 31 and submit to:
    • Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging
      111 Market Place
      Suite 830
      Baltimore, MD 21202

College Affiliations

Program Accreditation

The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is currently accredited by Maryland Higher Education.

The CAAHEP can be contacted at 727-210-2350 or [email protected]. Their offices are located at 9355 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775.

The JRC-DMS can be contacted at 443-973-3251 or [email protected]. Their offices are located at 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

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