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DMU Degree

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) Program in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri offers a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) and a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound. The University of Missouri offers the first MHS in ultrasound in the United States! (see: Accredited by CAAHEP for general and vascular tracks.

The DMU Program is a 35-40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year Clinical Education Program. The DMU program has over 25 clinical sites through the state of Missouri in which students are placed during their clinical training or in Columbia. Students are not guaranteed to do all of their clinical rotations at one clinical site or in Columbia.

DMU students are encouraged to join the MU student chapter of the Student Society of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (SSDMU). This campus organization is very active throughout the year organizing school and program activities which highlight and promote ultrasound as a profession.

DMU students are also encouraged to join the national Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS) organization.


Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical fieldwork, such as travel, living expenses, tuition, criminal background check, drug testing, and uniforms as required. Clinical experiences are scheduled in centers that have established educational programs and affiliation agreements with the University of Missouri. Fieldwork placements are assigned by the Clinical Coordinator. Placement at a specific facility or geographic location cannot be guaranteed. The placement process has been developed to assure an equal opportunity for selection of each placement by each student.


Applicants to the DMU Program must be physically capable of holding extended arm positions and prolonged application of pressure during ultrasound procedures. There should be no history of neck, arm, back or leg trauma that may prevent performing typical duties such as pushing and pulling ultrasound machines, assisting with patient care that may entail bending over and lifting patients in and out of wheelchairs and beds, as well as moving furniture in and out of patient rooms in order to perform ultrasound exams on the patient in the hospital room.

The applicant must have sufficient hearing and vision to assess audible and visual Doppler accurately. Applicants must be able to speak articulate English to effectively communicate with patients, including children and the elderly population, as well as with doctors and hospital personnel. 


The University of Missouri complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Contact the DMU program for technical and physical issues related to the ultrasound profession.


The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.


The DMU Program Progress Committee may decide to deny an individual the opportunity to graduate from the DMU Program or may deny an individual clinical training if a person has been convicted of a felony.


The majority of your fieldwork placements will require the completion of a criminal background check. Depending on the specific placement this may also include a fingerprint check and clearance from the Missouri Division of Family Services and Missouri Division of Aging. An undesirable report could affect a student's placement in a clinical site. If student is unable to be placed the student will not be able to complete the course and therefore would be withdrawn from the major.


The University is committed to assuring ethical behavior by all its members toward all its members, and all members of the university community are expected to share in this commitment to ethical behavior.

Academic dishonesty is an offense against the University. A student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty has failed to meet a basic requirement of satisfactory academic performance. Thus, academic dishonesty is relevant to the evaluation of the student's level of performance, and is also a basis for disciplinary action. (See University of Missouri M-Book.)

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