Mission, Goals & Quality - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Iowa Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to educate students in the art and science of diagnostic medical sonography and to prepare competent entry-level general, adult cardiac and vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The program’s mission is in concert with the Carver College of Medicine mission to inspire and educate world class healthcare providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community.

Program Goals

  • To prepare competent entry-level general, adult cardiac and vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • To prepare sonography professionals that function as a compassionate and competent part of the healthcare team and represent the commitment to excellence that the program strives to achieve.
  • To prepare sonography professionals that demonstrate critical thinking, professional decision making, and desire for professional life-long learning.

Commitment to the Pursuit of Quality

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program takes great care in its pursuit to select and educate top quality sonographers. The items below provide verification of our commitment to this pursuit.

ARDMS Credentialing Rate

Program graduates sit for at least two national credentialing examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Most graduates sit for three or more exams. One examination will be Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) and the other options include Abdomen, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vascular Technology and Adult Echocardiography. The program graduates have enjoyed strong achievement on ARDMS credentialing exams.

Program Credentialing Rate

YearCredentialing AreaNumber TakingNumber Passed% SuccessfulNational Pass Rate
2016Abdomen99100% 
2016Obstetrics and Gynecology99100% 
2016Vascular Technology99100% 
2016Echocardiographyno graduates this year   
2015Abdomen1010100%69%
2015Obstetrics and Gynecology1010100%72%
2015Vascular Technology1010100%66%
2015Echocardiographyno graduates this year  60%
2014Abdomen99100%62%
2014Obstetrics and Gynecology88100%74%
2014Vascular Technology99100%58%
2014Echocardiography33100%60%
2013Abdomen99100%60%
2013Obstetrics and Gynecology99100%74%
2013Vascular Technology99100%59%
2013Echocardiography22100%60%
2012Abdomen88100%60%
2012Obstetrics and Gynecology88100%72%
2012Vascular Technology88100%58%
2012Echocardiography33100%59%

Program Completion Rates

Graduating Year# of Students Entering# of Students GraduatingCompletion %
201610990%
20151010100%
2014131292%
20131111100%
2012131185%
5-year average  93%

Program Placement Rate

YearNumber Seeking EmploymentNumber Who Found EmploymentPlacement Rate
201699100%
20151010100%
20141212100%
20131111100%
20121122100%
20111313100%
20101313100%
7-year average  100%


Program effectiveness criteria is defined by JRCDMS at: http://www.jrcdms.org/pdf/JRCDMS_Policies (8-2016).pdf

Additional information on University of Iowa performance metrics such as loan default rates, median borrowing, etc. are available at http://financialaid.uiowa.edu/receivingfunds/notification/performancemetrics and http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=university+of+iowa&s=all&id=153658