Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at WVU Hospitals is an 18-month certificate program specializing in abdominal, obstetrical, and gynecological sonography.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).  Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination,  administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  Successful completion of the SPI examination then qualifies graduates to sit for the ARDMS Abdominal, Obstetrical, and Gynecological Sonography specialty certification examinations.


WVU Hospitals utilizes state of the art GE™ equipment. Our machines have the most recent technological software packages available including 3D/4D imaging. A caseload of approximately 19,000 examinations per year provides students with an excellent comprehensive clinical education in ultrasound, which includes exposure to pediatric exams, breast imaging, high risk obstetrics, and vascular technology. 

Tuition and fees

Tuition is $1,500 per semester ($4,500 for the 18-month program). Additional costs include books, uniforms, graduation fees, certification exam fees, electronic clinical handbook fees (see below), and conference registration and travel expense. Students are informed of required textbook and uniform purchases upon admission to the program. Upon acceptance into the program, students are assessed a non-refundable $50 admission fee. All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. The program is not eligible for federal financial aid, but private student loan options may be available. In addition, the program is approved for Montgomery GI Bill benefits for eligible enrolled veterans.

The Trajecsys Report System™ has been implemented into our sonography program for the purpose of clinical tracking. This electronic record has taken the place of the traditional paper clinical handbook that contained all student evaluations including, but not limited to, the evaluations and competency examinations. Each enrolled student will be required to pay a one-time fee of $150 for usage of this system during the 18-month program. Fees are subject to change without notice.


Joint Review Committee on Education In Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography