What is DMS?

Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke.

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) defines sonography as diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan.


Why Choose Washburn University's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

  • All didactic course work is completed in a Distance Learning (on-line) format
  • Our program has been delivered in a Distance Learning (on-line) format for over 11 years
  • Students are eligible to sit for the ARDMS or CCI
  • Certification examinations upon graduation
  • Clinical education can usually be arranged close to students home
  • Students work closely with registered ultrasound faculty
  • Washburn faculty has over 70 years of ultrasound experience
  • Washburn University's location allows for affiliation with large medical centers, private doctor's offices and clinics, and smaller community hospitals
  • Students are provided a large variety of clinical experiences
  • According to the latest SDMS Salary Survey, the median salary figure for sonographers is $66,768

Contact the Program Faculty

Keith Farwell, Program Director             785.670.2293

Dr. Terry Sorensen, Clinical Coordinator     785.670.2294


The Washburn University Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL  33775, (727) 210-2350 www.caahep.org

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

Washburn University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside.  Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts.  For a map showing SARA membership by state, please visit http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.


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Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170
Or: 785.670.2176

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