United Hospital Center’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is committed to delivering a sound educational experience to prepare individuals for entry level performance in general medical and vascular sonography.

United Hospital Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is an 18-month educational program that integrates didactic and clinical experiences.

Students participate in 40 hours of didactic and clinical education each week. All sonography education is scheduled from Monday through Friday and does not require attendance on weekends or holidays. Student sonographers are awarded three weeks of vacation during the 18-month training program – one week including Christmas, one week prior to Memorial Weekend, and one week prior to Labor Day Weekend. In addition, students are given personal and disability leave days.

As a prerequisite to admission, applicants must successfully complete an accredited program in radiologic technology and possess American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentials of R.T. (R) with an active status. Registry eligible applicants will be considered probationary and will be required to pass the ARRT certification examination in Radiography within the first 90 days of sonography training.

United Hospital Center’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program operates under the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Didactic courses and clinical rotations are conducted primarily at United Hospital Center; however, clinical rotations are also conducted at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV, United Vascular and Vein Center, Bridgeport, WV and at severalĀ OB/GYN private practices strategically located within 30 miles of United Hospital Center.

A completed application must be returned to the program office by February 1 of the year in which you want to enter the training program. Upon receipt of the completed application, the candidate will be contacted so that an interview may be scheduled. Interviews will be conducted in early March so that letters of notification to all candidates may be mailed by April 1.

Reference form letters must be completed by the two individuals who are listed on the application. Applicants who are employed in radiologic technology must provide one reference from a current supervisor or manager. A Program Director or faculty representative must provide one reference for applicants who are enrolled in radiologic technology programs. These completed references, along with other required documentation, may accompany the application or may be submitted independently, however only documentation received by February 1 will be evaluated during the admission process.

Students are selected based upon academic and professional transcripts and personal interviews. It is in the best interest of the applicant to be thorough in submitting academic and professional transcripts, as the system for selection will be point-based. Other required documentation will vary by applicant and is specified below.

Registry-eligible applicants (student radiographers graduating in Spring/Summer) should submit:

  • Completed program application (must be postmarked by February 1).
  • Radiologic Technology Program Transcript.
  • ACT- minimum composite of 20
  • Continuing Medical Education Transcript (documentation of attendance at medical education events which are voluntary and unrelated to your educational program curriculum).
  • Academic transcripts for college courses or any postsecondary training programs.

Registered Radiologic Technologist applicants should submit:

  • Completed program application (must be postmarked by February 1).
  • ARRT Scaled Scores OR Radiologic Technology Program Transcript.
  • Evidence of Credentials ( i.e.- copy of ARRT certificate or wallet card).
  • Academic transcripts for college courses or any postsecondary training programs.

Please direct completed applications or inquiries to:

Education Coordinator
United Hospital Center Diagnostic Training Programs
327 Medical Park Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330

For a list of training programs and information about a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, visit https://www.caahep.org/Students/Find-a-Program.aspx.

Five Year Program Performance (Graduate Data 2013 – 2018)

Number of enrolled students 16
Number of students withdrawing from program 0
Percentage of attrition 0%
Number of program graduates pursuing ARDMS credentials 15
Number of program graduates obtaining ARDMS credentials 15
Percentage of graduates obtaining ARDMS credentials 100%
Number of program graduates actively seeking DMS employment within six months of program completion 15
Number of graduates currently employed in sonography or related fields 14
Percentage of graduates employed in sonography or related fields 87.5%