Sonography Program Personal Characteristics

Physical Characteristics

  • Physical requirements:
    • Sit, stand, walk, lift, squat, bend and twist throughout the workday
    • Lift more than 50 lbs. from floor to waist
    • Lift up to 20 lbs. over the head
    • Carry up to 40 lbs. a reasonable distance
    • Push and pull with 30 lbs. of force
    • Perform a sliding transfer of 150 lbs. with a second person present
  • Visual acuity to assess image quality and observe physical changes in the patient's condition during routine sonographic procedures
    • Ability to discern color distinctions on the sonographic image
  • Speech and hearing to give instructions to and receive communication from patients, as well as distinguish audible Doppler signals while performing the sonographic examination
  • Manual dexterity to adjust machine controls, attach and adjust supportive devices, and assist patients into position for the sonographic procedure

Mental & Emotional Characteristics

  • Work under stress and maintain self-control
  • Have patience and tact in dealing with others
  • Organize and plan work in a logical sequence
  • Use sound judgment in making decisions
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Personal Characteristics

  • Neat in appearance
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Positive attitude
  • Accountability (including attendance)
  • Desire to help others
  • Empathy for patients
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Service-oriented

Pre-placement Screening

Applicants selected for admission are required to undergo pre-placement drug screening and physical assessment, as well as a criminal background check.

Apply to the Program

Learn how to apply to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at St. Luke’s in Milwaukee and get information about the application process and requirements.

Contact Us

Request information or connect with a program coordinator.

Admission Policies

Our program does not have open enrollment. There is no waiting list. 

Sonography Program Forms

Download the forms you’ll need to apply to our program.

Shadowing Experience

Learn about job shadowing and how to schedule an appointment.