Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kerry E. Weinberg, PhD, MA, MPA, RDMS, RDCS RT(R), FSDMS 
Associate Professor, Program Director
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Science Building, Room 247


Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Long Island University is one of only a few bachelor’s degree programs in the country that integrates general ultrasound and adult echocardiography.

Our mission is to instill in our students the desire to be leaders in the profession, advocates of ethical humanism, and lifelong learners who hold in high esteem meaningful work and have an engaged commitment to the profession. Students enrich their learning with clinical experience throughout their time in the program. Classes are small in size, encouraging substantial faculty-student interaction and classroom participation.

DMS students are eligible to sit for the national credentialing examinations in Adult Echocardiography, Abdominal Sonography and OB/GYN Sonography along with the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination prior to completing their degree, and therefore, can be credentialed by the time of graduation. This makes LIU DMS students particularly attractive to potential employers.

The Long Island University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). 

Sonography (DMS) uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce a dynamic visual image of internal organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. It is a mode of non-invasive imaging that is widely used in medical practice.

The DMS program is a Bachelor of Science program that builds skills in diagnostic imaging upon a strong liberal arts base. Students spend their first two years in the core courses of liberal arts and sciences with additional requirements in anatomy, physiology and physics, which are essential for this allied health profession.

Students enter the professional phase of their education at the beginning of their third full time academic year. During the professional phase, the curriculum sequences didactic education, scanning laboratory experience in DMS with extensive clinical (hands-on) experience.

Prior to completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination in three different concentrations (abdominal, obstetrics and gynecology and echocardiology [adult heart]) and will have access to clinic-based careers in diagnostic medical sonography in multiple specialties.


The Long Island University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Employers seek out graduates from CAAHEP accredited programs. Our graduates are able to sit for the National Registry Examination (ARDMS) prior to graduation which makes them eminently marketable.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355-113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350 Fax: 727-210-2354
URL: www.caahep.org

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Outcomes Data


Adult Echocardiography

Abdominal Sonography

OB/GYN Sonography



Class 2014







Class 2015







Class 2016








 100% 88% 100% 83% 14% 100%
 100% 88% 100% 100% 22% **93%
 87% 100% 100% 100% 0 87%

* One student decided not to pursue a job in diagnostic medical sonography

** One student decided to enter nursing school

Admissions and Application

Application to the DMS Program is a two-step process. 

1) The first step is acceptance to LIU Brooklyn. You can apply for admission to LIU Brooklyn at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page. LIU Brooklyn admission requirements include the following:

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college G.P.A. of 2.75 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

2) The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a competitive program.
An additional application is required for students who believe they are ready to start years 3 and 4 of the DMS program. Meeting the minimum DMS program requirements in years 1 and 2, does NOT guarantee acceptance into years 3 and 4.  Space in the program is limited, and not all eligible applicants will be accepted.

All applicants for Year 3 (current LIU students, returning LIU students & transfer students) must complete a DMS program application and be accepted into the DMS program in order to continue on to the DMS sequence of courses in years 3 and 4. You must request this application from the DMS Program directly by sending an e-mail to bkln-dms@liu.edu.

In addition to timely completion of the DMS program application, students must:

  • If transferring in, students must complete an application to LIU through the admissions department and be accepted to the university
  • A minimum of 60 undergraduate Liberal Arts and Science credits, including the following:
    • Oral Communications (3 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (8 credits)
    • Physics with lab (4 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • Algebra (3 credits)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and a science & math GPA of 2.75
  • A minimum of ‘C’ in the science and math courses
  • Meet minimum writing requirements.

Program Information

  • The Professional Studies portion of the program consists of 5 semesters, including a 12-week summer session.
  • It is a full-time, day program.  Classes can start as early as 8:00 AM and can end as late as 8:00 PM.  Clinical hours are typically 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM or 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  There can be clinical time variations. There are no classes on the weekends.
  • It is a multi-modality program.  It consists of 3 specialties (students must take all specialties) Abdominal Sonography, OB/GYN Sonography and Adult Echocardiography.  A vascular course is offered in the summer of the senior year.
  • Students are eligible to take their national boards given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers  (ARDMS) prior to graduation in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdominal Sonography, Obstetrics & Gynecology Sonography, and Adult Echocardiography.
  • The clinical and didactic portions are designed to be taken simultaneously.  Students cannot continue to the next semester without successfully completing all of the sonography courses in the previous semester.
  • If a student receives a C- or below in two professional study courses, they will not be able to continue in the DMS program.
  • It is recommended that students do not work while in the professional phase of the program.
  • Students are placed in at least 8 different clinical sites. The majority of the clinical sites are hospitals.
  • All students must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) or Professional Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before being permitted to attend clinical.
  • All students must submit completed health forms, pass a criminal background check and drug screening before being permitted to attend clinical. 
  • Students are not permitted to get paid by the clinical site during their clinical rotation.
  • Students must be able to apply didactic education to the laboratory and clinical setting.
  • Students are required to demonstrate a variety of computer skills throughout the program. 
  • Students are required to have access to the internet and be able to perform internet searches, use e-mail and be able to send and receive attachments and use LIU’s on-line teaching platform – Blackboard.
  • ARDMS can conduct a “pre-application review” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to sit for an ARDMS examination.  For more information go to www.ARDMS.org. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are eligible to take the ARDMS credentialing examinations.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care industry in the country. According to the Department of Labor, the job outlook for sonographers between 2010–2020 will increase by 44 percent.


Diagnostic Sonography students earn real-world experience practicing sonographic skills and techniques at leading medical facilities during the Clinical Internship.


School of Health Professions