Program Description

This 18-month, full-time program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography will provide you with first-hand clinical experience in a broad range of both routine and highly specialized ultrasound procedures — in one of the largest and most dynamic labs in the country.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the human body. Training includes a thorough familiarization with routine diagnostic exams as well as additional concentration in specific areas such as: high-risk obstetrics, abdominal, superficial structures imaging, gynecology, pediatrics, and neurosonology. Specialties also include all aspects of spectral color, power color Doppler (peripheral, cerebral, and abdominal), endocavity imaging, intraoperative, and interventional ultrasound. This program will allow you to take the national certification examinations in several areas of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

You will obtain first-hand, clinical experience in sonographic procedures at several of our facilities, as well as other clinical facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Outpatient Center, Johns Hopkins Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Howard County General, Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial, Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Anne Arundel Diagnostics, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Mercy Medical Center, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Union Memorial and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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Program Outcomes

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  • The following prerequisite courses are required for all applicants and must be completed with a grade of C or better. In addition, the combined grade point average of all prerequisite coursework must average to 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/allied health majors (4 credit course with laboratory)
    • College Algebra or higher mathematics
    • Medical Terminology-This course must be taken at the college level, for credit
    • Speech and Communication or Public Speaking
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a two year Associate degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater or be a graduate of a two year clinically related accredited school in Allied Health (RN, RT, RDMS, Respiratory Therapy, etc.) with appropriate certification in that clinical specialty.
  • At the time of the interview, the candidate will be required to complete a computer competency test consisting of basic word processing skills and an Internet search for information.

  • 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
  • Statement of intent, in 200 words or less, stating why you are choosing a career in the health care profession and your specific career goals in medical imaging.
  • A documented shadow experience in a Diagnostic Medical Sonography facility is mandatory
  • 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.

*Note: The applicants that are certified in a clinical health care specialty must request a recommendation from the Program Director of your specialty training course and a recommendation from your current employer.

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

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Program Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is currently accredited by Maryland Higher Education and 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).

The CAAHEP can be contacted at 727-210-2350 or mail@caahep.org. Their offices are located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763.

The JRC-DMS can be contacted at 443-973-3251 or mail@jrcdms.org. Their offices are located at 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

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