Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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About Sonography

The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties. The profession requires judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services.

General sonographers, cardiac sonographers, and vascular technologists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy. The general sonographer, cardiac sonographer, and vascular technologist may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of appropriate procedures. General sonographers, cardiac sonographers, and vascular technologists assist physicians in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions.

The sonographer/ vascular technologist is able to perform the following:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other non-invasive diagnostic services
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other non-invasive diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health

About Us

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is the sponsoring institute for the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The school is a 21-month, full time, hospital-based program dedicated to preparing individuals for a rewarding career in medical imaging. The academic and clinical components are designed to provide qualified applicants with the knowledge and skills essential for an entry-level sonographer. New classes begin in September following the Labor Day holiday.

The school offers two distinct learning tracks in Sonography;

  • General/Vascular option, which includes didactic and clinical instruction in the areas of abdominal, obstetrics/gynecology, and vascular ultrasound.
  • Cardiac/Vascular option, which includes didactic and clinical instruction in the areas of adult echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.

Graduates meet the requirements for application to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ® (ARDMS).

Credentials and associated ARDMS examinations graduates are encouraged to apply for include:

Examination Corresponding Specialty Exam Credentials Earned
SPI Sonography Principles & Instrumentation Exam Abdomen (AB) RDMS
Breast (BR)
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)
Adult Echocardiography (AE) RDCS
Vascular Technology (VT) RVT

Mission Statement

Provide high quality educational opportunities and graduate highly skilled sonographers. The faculty is committed to delivering a foundation of clinical and technical knowledge that leads to quality patient care experiences.

Program Goals

In support of our mission we continually measure program outcomes to insure our school meets the expectations of our students, the requirements of our regulatory agencies, and the needs of the medical community. Program assessment is in support of the following goals:

  1. Provide superior educational experiences that develop each student's potential.
  2. Impart quality education in an atmosphere that fosters interest in and enthusiasm for learning.
  3. Offer an educational experience that promotes effective communication skills, critical thinking abilities and professionalism.
  4. Expand awareness of program quality throughout the hiring community.
  5. Prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac, general, and vascular sonographers that possess the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to meet the needs of the medical imaging community.
  6. Encourage program faculty, graduates, and sonographers within our community of interest to recognize and to act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and professional competence.


Formed in 1981, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center's Program in Diagnostic Ultrasound was one of the first nationally accredited sonography programs in the nation.

Upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) the cardiac, general and vascular concentrations are accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (CAAHEP)
35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601

The sponsoring institute is authorized to provide post-secondary education in the State of Wisconsin under the authority of the Education Approval Board (EAB).

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredits Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and the clinical affiliates.

To find an accredited sonography program in your area go to:

For more information regarding the importance of accreditation go to:

Academic Facilities

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offices, classroom and laboratory facilities are located at:

Aurora Health Care – Airport
180 West Grange Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Clinical Facilities

The program maintains various clinical sites to give students a diverse educational experience.

Clinical affiliates:

  • Aurora Advanced Healthcare
  • Aurora Medical Center Grafton
  • Aurora Medical Center Kenosha
  • Aurora Medical Center Summit
  • Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
  • Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center – sponsoring institute
  • Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
  • Aurora West Allis Medical Center


While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography reserves the right to change statements in this catalog without notice.