Mission, Goals & Quality - Diagnostic Medical Sonography | Radiation Sciences Programs

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

Year Credentialing Area Number Taking Number Passed % Successful National Pass Rate
2017 Abdomen 7 7 100% Not available
2017 Obstetrics and Gynecology 7 7 100% Not available
2017 Vascular Technology 8 8 100% Not available
2017 Echocardiography 3 3 100% Not available
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%
2015 Abdomen 10 10 100% 69%
2015 Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 10 100% 72%
2015 Vascular Technology 10 10 100% 66%
2015 Echocardiography no graduates this year     60%
2014 Abdomen 9 9 100% 62%
2014 Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 8 100% 74%
2014 Vascular Technology 9 9 100% 58%
2014 Echocardiography 3 3 100% 60%
2013 Abdomen 9 9 100% 60%
2013 Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 9 100% 74%
2013 Vascular Technology 9 9 100% 59%
2013 Echocardiography 2 2 100% 60%

Program Completion Rates

Graduating Year # of Students Entering # of Students Graduating Completion %
2017 12 10 83%
2016 10 9 90%
2015 10 10 100%
2014 13 12 92%
2013 11 11 100%
5-year average     93%

Program Placement Rate

Year Number Seeking Employment Number Who Found Employment Placement Rate
2017 10 10 100%
2016 9 9 100%
2015 10 10 100%
2014 12 12 100%
2013 11 11 100%
2012 11 22 100%
2011 13 13 100%
7-year average     100%


Program effectiveness criteria is defined by JRCDMS at: http://www.jrcdms.org/pdf/JRCDMS_Policies%20(5-2018).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