Diagnostic Medical Sonography School

Ultrasound Technology is an exciting allied health specialization. The sonographer, under the supervision of a physician, uses their expertise and ability to obtain diagnostic information about the human body. Sonography has been used in medical diagnosis for 40 years.

The Henry Ford Hospital DMS Program is a certification program in medical education for those with a college degree.

This advanced-level program is a 24-month certificate program in a hospital setting, specializing in Abdominal, Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). Prior to graduation, students are required to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination as well as specialty certification examinations in abdomen and obstetrics & gynecology administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Important Program Information and Requirements:

  • Applications are being accepted for the class beginning January 2023, and concluding January 2025, 24 months in length.
  • The application deadline is August 31, 2022.
  • There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Program tuition is $8,000 + $150 lab fee (textbooks not included – approximately $800). Financial aid is not available.
  • Interviews will be conducted in the Fall 2022.
  • All prerequisite courses, awarding of a degree, as well as health care observational experience must be completed prior to submitting your application.
  • The completed application form, official transcripts, letter of intent, letters of reference and application fee must be received by the application deadline, and mailed in one envelope to the program office.
  • All candidates selected for a program interview will be required to complete the Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam on premises at Henry Ford Hospital. It will be scheduled and administered by program official prior to the interview. The Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam will test your knowledge in physics, algebra, anatomy, pathophysiology, your ability to solve different problems as well as hand-eye coordination.

Contact and mailing address for all transcripts and letters

Henry Ford Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Elena Gainey, M.D., ARDMS, RVT
Department of Radiology
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202-2689
Phone: (313) 916- 3519
Fax: (313) 916 9480
E-mail: [email protected]

About the Program

The 24-month DMS program at Henry Ford Hospital includes classroom and clinical instruction in abdominal, obstetrics, gynecology, musculoskeletal, sonographic physics and instrumentation, superficial anatomy, and limited rotation in vascular ultrasound. Students attend 40 hours weekly (Monday thru Friday) which includes an average of 12-14 hours of classes held weekly with the remainder of time scheduled in clinical assignments focused on applying theory. The program is based in Detroit, Michigan. Students are assigned clinical rotations and required to rotate to all clinical sites during the program. Clinically, students rotate through Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and at the seven suburban satellite facilities.

All students must maintain an academic standard of 80% or above for all classes and clinical evaluations throughout the program. Graduates are eligible to complete the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registry examinations for Abdomen, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.

Download program admission standards

Program Goal

Prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to provide an academic curriculum for the student to develop the cognitive skills to be a sonographer;

Provide a variety of clinical practice sessions and scanning labs for the student to develop the physical and evaluation skills to be a sonographer; prepare the students to take and pass the ARDMS examination in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation; Abdomen; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Musculoskeletal sonography, Breast sonography; and Neonatal Neurosonology; give students an introductory experience in Vascular Sonography; prepare students to serve the community as a medical professional; offer an environment of continuous improvement in student education and staff development.


Our mission is to provide innovative educational opportunities, for preparing exceptional quality medical sonographers. The ultimate goal is to serve the students, the patients, the hospital and the community.


Our vision is to integrate our educational program with the delivery of health care services. We develop and support a program that leads change in preparing professionals for employment opportunities and evolving models of care. We refine skills in areas where expertise is essential and monitor the quality of our programs through measurable outcomes. We continuously improve the environment for learning, utilizing information systems, employing team skills and being culturally sensitive.


We have an obligation to students. We provide students with a quality education that is adaptive to their needs and to that of the profession. Students are our future. They embrace what we value through our instruction and by example. We instill PRIDE: Professionalism, Responsibility, Initiative, Dedication and Enthusiasm. People are our strength. Our work defines our success and determines our reputation. Patient care is paramount. We exist to serve those who need our services.

Program outcomes

Year Number of Student Entering Graduates Attrition ARDMS Passing Rate Job Placement
2016 7 6 16% 100% 100%
2014 8 8 0% 100% 100%

No class in 2018, 2017 class extended into 2019

Profession Description – What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A sonographer is a highly skilled Allied Health profession who performs diagnostic medical sonographic procedures utilizing high frequency sound waves. A sonographer is required to operate a variety of complex ultrasound equipment as well as numerous ancillary devices in order to perform a sonographic procedure. The profession of sonographer includes study of the human body in exam of the abdomen, obstetrical and gynecological, adult and pediatric cardiac, vascular technology, musculoskeletal and pediatric sonography.

Sonographers are qualified by technological education to provide services to the patient using sound waves under the supervision of a medical physician or doctor of osteopathy. Such sonographic services may be provided by an institution such as a hospital or clinical setting whereby the physician is responsible for the interpretation of the sonographic images. Sonographers work as a team with the physician in collecting data for the purpose of diagnosing disease processes.

Program Hours

The program is scheduled for eight hours a day, five days per week. Each student must complete 40 hours per week to fulfill the mandatory academic and clinical requirements. The 40-hour week is scheduled Monday through Friday on varying schedules. Typical program hours 8am-4:30pm but may vary slightly.

Program Costs

  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required by the deadline. Make checks payable to Henry Ford Hospital.
  • All candidates selected for program interview will be required to complete the Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam on premises at Henry Ford Hospital scheduled and administered by program official prior to the interview. (Cost is included in application fee).
  • Tuition is $8,000 for the 24 month program, along with $150 lab fee and $60 application fee.
  • Our program utilizes the Trajecsys Report System as an electronic clinical handbook. Each enrolled student will be required to pay a one-time fee of $150.00 for usage of this system during the 24-month program.
  • Students are required to pay for the required program textbooks (approximately $800). Students will be required to purchase scrub-type uniforms of navy-blue color. Students are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging.
  • All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program do not qualify for Federal financial aid.

Program Time Off

60 hours of scheduled and unscheduled time off sick time and vacation time) are allowed for in the 24-month program. There are also week-long breaks in the spring and in the summer. In addition, students are off on legal holidays, during Christmas week, and on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Program Concentration (didactic and clinical instruction)

OB-GYN, Abdomen & Superficial Parts, Musculoskeletal, Pediatric, Vascular, Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation as applied to the field of sonography. Students must maintain an 80% or above academic standard for all didactic and clinical evaluations throughout the program to demonstrate competency.

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisites. All applicants must complete pre-requisites listed in program booklet by the application deadline. Download the Program Booklet.

Required educational background. Must have completed all pre-requisite post-secondary courses (accredited by the US Dept. of Education and approved for college credits) and be a registered radiologic technologist, registered nurse, registered respiratory therapist, registered occupational or physical therapist, or student graduating from an United States accredited allied health program as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, Registered Nurse, Registered or Certified Respiratory Technologist, Registered or Certified Occupational Therapist or Registered or Certified Physical Therapist; in addition, students from Madonna University Allied Health Pre-Clinical Imaging Sciences, A.S. Degree Program.

-- OR --

Must have an Associate’s Degree of Science, or equivalency of, with clinical medical experience along with completion of all pre-requisite post-secondary courses (please see program booklet for complete details of required pre-requisites).

GPA must be 3.0 or higher.

Must be 18 years or older.

All candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States. The program does not accept candidates without established US Employment authorization.

The Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam 

The Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam on premises at Henry Ford Hospital scheduled and administered by program official prior to the interview. The Ultrasound Student Assessment Admission Exam is an aptitude type of exam and evaluation of the skills that are essential for the sonography profession. This test will evaluate hand-eye coordination, logic, reasoning, judgement, persistence, visual and spatial perception.

Required Patient Care Experience

Candidates must complete and submit documentation of 40 hours of clinical patient care experience in Ultrasound either through employment or volunteer hours prior to the application deadline with at least 20 of those hours done in Henry Ford Hospital Ultrasound department.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Qualified applicants are considered for admission to the Henry Ford Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography without regard to race, color, religion, sex, height, weight, national origin, age, sexual preference, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify us of any reasonable accommodation necessary to perform the essential duties of the position for which the applicant has applied.

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