College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO) certificate program is designed to enhance the professional skills of individuals who are currently certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent and have State of Connecticut licensure.
About the Program
- In this advanced certificate program, students gain eligibility to earn an additional credential in medical sonography-- highly attractive to potential employers.
- Our program offers flexible schedules and evening classes.
- Our 15+ clinical affiliates in the Greater Hartford area include major hospitals and private imaging offices, affording students real-world training.
The SONO program accepts qualified individuals into a 14-month, 26-credit program. Students complete 15 credits of academic coursework and 11 clinical course credits. The academic courses are sequential and begin with a foundations course that prepares students for the clinical application of sonographic principles.
The academic coursework also helps prepare students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination and Abdomen (AB) specialty exam offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Four clinical semesters comprise the course of study, which begin in the first summer of the program and end the following summer. During the final clinical courses (SONO 470 Clinical Externship I and SONO 480 Clinical Externship II), students are expected to perform as the primary sonographers during imaging studies.
Eligible students who successfully complete all of the SONO concentration courses receive a Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate. The completion of the academic and clinical components of the SONO concentration also helps to prepare students for the certification examination in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The SONO certificate program is not competency-based. To attain eligibility for credentialing in diagnostic medical sonography with the ARDMS, you must complete the minimum number of classroom and clinical hours included in the SONO certificate program. Accurate documentation of clinical hours is the responsibility of the technologist (student). Total program hours related to SONO will be verified by University of Hartford faculty and used to document eligibility requirements for the ARDMS credentialing exam in Abdomen (AB). Please refer to the ARDMS eligibility requirements for more information ().
Individuals are required to be CPR-certified and must undergo a background check and drug screen prior to clinical placement.