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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)

An ultrasound technician prepping a wand during a sonography session

Become a medical sonographer in six semesters at USF’s hybrid associate degree program.

Why Study Sonography?

Perhaps most associated with monitoring fetal development via ultrasound technology, medical sonographers play an incredibly important role in helping doctors evaluate all areas of the body, providing imaging that is pertinent to diagnosing and treating patients of all ages and backgrounds.

Demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is growing at a faster-than-average rate in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. An associate of science degree in diagnostic medical sonography equips you with the knowledge and technical skills needed for entry-level general sonography positions — and gives you the credentials you need to pursue industry certification.

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Career Outlook & Success


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Program Details: At-a-Glance

Format: Hybrid (online courses; on-site labs and clinicals)
Length: 6 semesters (22 months)
Clinical cohorts begin each fall

Expand Your Education & Career Opportunities

As a medical sonography student at USF, you have the chance to expand your career opportunities by earning a bachelor’s degree. Choose to enroll simultaneously in our Health Services degree program.

Echo Academy at the University of Saint Francis

If you are already a credentialed sonographer interested in echocardiography, apply for the Echo Academy at the University of Saint Francis. This 17-month, four-semester program (31 credit hours) is designed for sonographers to complete the first two semesters of the program while working, with evening labs held at Parkview Heart Institute. Students then transition to paid clinical internships with Parkview during the final two semesters of the program. The Echo Academy will help address the echocardiographer shortage in this region by graduating more trained clinical staff who desire to remain in the community in which they are educated.

Applications will be accepted through July 1. For questions, admission requirements, and application information, please contact Audra Koldyke.

Why USF for Your Sonography Degree?

The University of Saint Francis is proud to be the region’s premier health science educator. Our sonography program, launched in 2021 in both Fort Wayne and Crown Point, builds on the strengths of our long-standing, highly successful nursing and allied health programs.

Through a mix of asynchronous online courses and on-the-ground labs and clinical rotations, you’ll receive sonography training in general, vascular, and obstetric/gynecologic imaging. In this blended program, you’ll learn from an expert faculty of active healthcare practitioners.

With a strong liberal arts foundation and an education rooted in Franciscan values, you will leave USF ready to serve others as a compassionate, ethical healthcare professional.

High-Tech, High-Touch Learning

You’ll put your classroom learning into action as you practice skills and participate in real-world learning scenarios in state-of-the-art, professionally designed facilities, like our simulation lab.

Hands-on learning experiences, whether on campus or during a clinical experience, also allow you to practice compassionate patient care, develop communication skills and gain an understanding of overall healthcare operations.

Hands-On Healthcare Experience

As part of the sonography degree program you’ll venture into real-world healthcare settings to further develop your technical and patient care skills, as well as gain experience collaborating with various members of a healthcare team.

Previous USF allied healthcare students completed clinical hours at places such as:

  • Adams Memorial Hospital
  • Parkview DeKalb Health
  • Direct Care Imaging
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Franciscan Health Network
  • The Imaging Center
  • Lutheran Hospital Medical Imaging
  • Ortho Northeast
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital
  • RediMed
  • VA Northern Indiana Health Care System

Where Can You Go with a Medical Sonography Degree?

Sonography positions are in-demand in all kinds of healthcare facilities. Here are a few places where you might find employment:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians offices
  • Outpatient imaging centers
  • Specialty hospitals and care centers

During our program you will learn in areas of general and vascular sonography.

We are committed to bringing the Fort Wayne and Crown Point healthcare communities knowledgeable, competent and compassionate sonographers. Students will study in the 3-year program General and Vascular curriculums to obtain a broad skillset that is desirable to area employers.

Audra Koldyke
Program Director


The credentialing organizations for sonographers are the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Specialty Accreditation

Specialty Accreditation is an assessment of a specific program within an institution. Accreditation ensures standards of education. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) offers accreditation for Sonography programs through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

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