About DMS


Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a comprehensive health care facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Our reputation for excellence in these areas has made us a major center for patient referrals from throughout the Mid-South.

Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their health care because of our leadership in medical science and our dedication to treating patients with dignity and compassion.

The Vanderbilt Clinic accommodates over 573,000 outpatient visits, in addition to hospital admissions in excess of 31,000, with a substantial number of patients from outside Tennessee. A principal referral center for physicians and patients throughout the region, Vanderbilt University Hospital and The Vanderbilt Clinic consistently rank among the premier health care facilities in the United States. Many of the services offered by Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been ranked among the foremost programs in the nation by U.S. News &World Report's listing of "America's Best Hospitals”. Vanderbilt’s programs in cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; digestive tract; ear, nose and throat; hormonal disorders; gynecology; orthopedics; respiratory care; rheumatology; and urology were assessed among the top such programs in hospitals nationwide.

After a brief period of operation in the 1980s, the VUMC DMS Program the program was established under its current home in the VUMC Department of Radiology in 2002. The program achieved initial programmatic accreditation in 2004. Upon recognition by a programmatic accreditor, the DMS Program became one of the Vanderbilt University Allied Health Programs recognized by the University’s accreditor. In 2017, the DMS Program under the auspices of VU was closed and opened solely under VUMC.

The VUMC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offers:

  • Small class size (5 students)
  • 18-month certificate curriculum accredited in General Sonography
  • Six (6) unique rotations of integrated didactic and clinical courses (requires an average attendance of 33 hours per week)
  • Didactic and clinical requirements to prepare graduates for certification with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
  • Introductory coursework for vascular sonography
  • Exposure to other sonographic specialties (echocardiography, neurovascular, infertility/reproductive medicine, genetic screening/testing)
  • Research opportunities
  • Interaction with Medical Staff in the clinical and classroom settings

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates are provided the documentation necessary to apply for certification exams with the ARDMS, specifically, Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology.

The Vanderbilt DMS Program reserves the right to revise its curriculum, policies, fees or schedules in response to changing conditions.