The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at UNMC is challenging, but very rewarding. DMS students spend 40 hours per week on campus. This time includes approximately 10 hours of didactic training and 30 hours of clinical training per week. Part of the clinical experience involves early morning and evening rotations. The comprehensive, competency-based curriculum offers the student a variety of learning opportunities and clinical experiences to prepare them for a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Some qualities that are needed to be successful in this profession include the ability to:

  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Operate sonographic equipment to produce quality images
  • Use independent judgment and critical thinking
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Complete tasks accurately and efficiently
  • Be an integral part of the health care team

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) technical standards for this profession include the ability to:

  • Lift more than 50 pound routinely
  • Push and pull routinely
  • Bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Assist patients on and off examining tables
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence

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