What is a Sonographer?

Sonographers (or Ultrasound Technologists) use sound waves to produce images of the human body for the purpose of medical diagnosis. Students in the Medical Imaging Sonography Track at IUFW will complete coursework and clinical rotations in abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular sonography.

Upon program completion, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination in Sonography and/or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) sonographic principles and instrumentation, abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology examinations.

"I love the small class sizes and tight-knit community here! [The] close connection with the other students and teachers has really helped strengthen my learning.”

Isabella G., Medical Imaging student

Program mission and goals

Medical Imaging and Radiologic Sciences at IU Fort Wayne is committed to preparing highly qualified medical imaging technologists by integrating an outstanding baccalaureate academic education with a comprehensive clinical experience.

The goal of the IUFW Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level Abdominal – Extended, and Obstetric and Gynecologic, sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

  1. Students will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  2. Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  3. Students will model professionalism.
  4. Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

 The student will:

  • Exercise effective communication skills with patients. (P, A)
  • Apply effective interdisciplinary communication skills. (P)
  • Execute logical procedural variations for non-routine situations. (C, P)
  • Evaluate medical image quality. (C, A)
  • Exhibit the professional responsibilities of medical imaging technologists. (A)
  • Engage in self-development related to professional practice. (A)
  • Demonstrate clinical procedural proficiency. (C, P, A)
  • Utilize appropriate safety practices. (C, P, A)

Learning Domains: C = Cognitive; P = Psychomotor; A = Affective


IUFW is accredited under Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Various schools and health science programs have earned additional accreditation through professional societies.

The IUFW Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sonography Track has submitted the initial request for accreditation services through The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and is in the process of completing the self-study for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), the accrediting agency for educational programs in sonography.

JRCDMS program effectiveness data

The JRCDMS is a nonprofit organization in existence to establish, maintain and promote quality standards for educational programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The organization provides a mechanism of committee review to recognize educational programs throughout the United States that instruct students in the disciplines related to DMS through education consistent with standards for entry into practice.

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