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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program

The Curriculum

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The two-year upper-division curriculum integrates instruction in basic science (including gross and sectional anatomy), medical science, and sonography, to provide a comprehensive theoretical base applicable to practical experiences at ultrasound labs throughout the New York area. Our curriculum also includes course work in pediatric echocardiography and vascular ultrasound. Specialty areas taught include obstetrics-gynecology, abdomen, cardiology, vascular and Doppler imaging. Courses in education and administration are offered to prepare students for supervisory or educational positions. Sonographic specialty training includes work in:

  • Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Abdomen (liver, spleen, kidney, etc.)
  • Echocardiography (heart ultrasound)
  • Small parts (breast, scrotum, thyroid, and musculoskeletal)

Learning Domains

The curriculum is designed to support the needs and expectations of our communities of interest including students, graduates, faculty, sponsor administration, employers, physicians, the public and nationally accepted standards. We believe that becoming a medical professional is a dynamic process in which students, faculty, role models, peers, and patients all play critical roles. The educational process must include opportunities for several types of learning: Cognitive domain, Affective domain, and Psychomotor domain (knowledge, attitude, and skill). In each domain, the student is asked to master tasks of increasing difficulty which ultimately lead to mastery.

  • Cognitive Domain - Acquisition of intellectual skills through didactic instruction, including recall, understanding, application, analysis, and ultimately synthesis is effective in promoting cognitive learning critical to mastery of Bachelor’s level achievement required by our institution, and success in passing ARDMS certification examinations, the nationally accepted standards. Cognitive learning plays a key role in the other learning domains as well.
  • Affective Domain - Learning the behaviors and norms of the sonography field including prioritizing the patient’s needs, cultural sensitivity, and concern for safety and privacy can be learned through instruction, role modeling, and patient encounters. Progress in this area leads to awareness, understanding, and adoption of the values of the profession into the student’s personal value system.
  • Psychomotor Domain - Hands-on direct practice and active clinical experiences foster the development skills in the psychomotor domain. Through imitation, following directions, and practice, the student will master the ability to put physical skills into effect with precision which will result in entry level clinical competence. This will render graduates employable, and will yield a supply of competent healthcare workers for New York State. Integration of both cognitive and psychomotor learning fosters the ability to successfully engage in the diagnostic process through integration of related skills and knowledge which serves the needs of the ordering physicians.





The curriculum is designed to prepare competent entry-level general and adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, and enable students to meet the following goals:

  • To learn factual content and develop professional skills associated with sonography practice sufficient to pass national ARDMS certification examinations and to practice safely.
  • To learn professional behavior patterns and norms observed in current health care practice.
  • To learn the safety and ethical practices which pertain to the sonography profession.
  • To develop a professional self-image by internalizing the skills, behaviors, and values associated with the sonography profession.















Program of Study


Course # Course Title Credits
Junior Year: Fall Semester Courses
ANAT 3105 Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy 3
DIMI 3101 Sonography I (Abdominal and Ob/Gyn) 3
DIMI 3102 Sonographic Physics I 3
DIMI 3110 Clinical Internship I 2
DIMI 3106 Human Physiology


DIMI 3108 Scanning Skills Lab 1
DIMI 3235 Monitoring and Assistance of the Patient


Junior Year: Spring Semester Courses
DIMI 3107 Medical and Surgical Diseases of the Abdomen 2
DIMI 3200 Sonography II (Ob/Gyn and Abdomen) 4
DIMI 3202 Sonographic Physics II 3
DIMI 3208 Obstetrics and Gynecology 2
DIMI 3210 Clinical Internship II 4
DIMI 3217 Cross-Sectional Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis 3
Senior Year: Summer Semester Courses
DIMI 4010 Clinical Internship III 3
DIMI 4009 Cardiology 2
DIMI 4013 Vascular Principles and Instrumentation
DIMI 4015 Introduction to Medical Statistics 1
Senior Year: Fall Semester Courses
ADMN 3100 Health Care Delivery in the U. S. 1.5
DIMI 4035 Case Presentations 1
DIMI 4104 Sonography III (Echocardiography) 4
DIMI 4110 Clinical Internship IV 3
DIMI 4106 Cross-Sectional Anatomy of the Thorax and Head 3
MSCI 4100 Research Methods 2.5
Senior Year: Spring Semester Courses
DIMI 4111 Fundamental Principles of Imaging Modalities 2
DIMI 4202 Sonography IV (Pediatric Echocardiography) 1.5
DIMI 4210 Clinical Internship V 3
DIMI 4212 Professional Seminar and Administrative Techniques 1
DIMI 4213 Introduction to Teaching Methods 2
DIMI 4214 Research and Independent Study 3
DIMI 4301  Sonography V (Vascular) 2.5
Beginning Core Taken any semester with program approval
DIMI 4500 Independent Study 1–3
Interdisciplinary Course Taken any semester with program approval
INDI 5012 Brooklyn Free Clinic Experience (Elective) 1
  Total Credits Required 71