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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 abdominal-extended, obstetrical and gynecological, 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 abdominal-extended, obstetrical and gynecological, 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 Credential Success Rates

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 Credential Success Rates

Year Credentialing Area Number Taking Number Passed % Successful National Pass Rate
2020 Abdomen 8 8 100% 74%
2020 Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 8 100% 84%
2020 Vascular Technology 14 12 85% 73%
2020 Echocardiography 6 6 100% 81%
2019 Abdomen 8 8 100% 79%
2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 8 100% 81%
2019 Vascular Technology 12 12 100% 73%
2019 Echocardiography 4 4 100% 79%
2018 Abdomen 8 8 100% 83%
2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 8 100% 81%
2018 Vascular Technology 12 12 100% 76%
2018 Echocardiography 4 4 100% 75%
2017 Abdomen 7 7 100% 77%
2017 Obstetrics and Gynecology 7 7 100% 72%
2017 Vascular Technology 8 8 100% 69%
2017 Echocardiography 3 3 100% 66%
2016 Abdomen 9 9 100% 75%
2016 Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 9 100% 73%
2016 Vascular Technology 9 9 100% 66%
2016 Echocardiography no graduates this year     66%

Program Student Retention Rates

Graduating Year # of Students Entering # of Students Graduating Completion %
2020 14 14 100%
2019 12 12 100%
2018 12 12 100%
2017 12 10 83%
2016 10 9 90%
5-year average     94.6%

Program Job Placement Rates

Year Number Seeking Employment Number Who Found Employment Placement Rate
2020 14 14 100%
2019 12 12 100%
2018 11 11 100%
2017 10 10 100%
2016 9 9 100%
2015 10 10 100%
2014 12 12 100%
7-year average     100%


Program effectiveness criteria is defined by JRCDMS at: https://www.jrcdms.org/policies.htm

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