Diagnostic Medical Sonography FAQ

Southern Illinois University



Students in lab


How many students are admitted to the program annually?

A maximum of 20 students per year will be admitted. Classes are held on the SIU Carbondale campus during the fall semester, with the exception of clinical observations performed at area facilities. During the spring and summer semesters, students may be assigned to distant clinical sites for their clinical training.

What are the technical/physical requirements for sonographers?

Sonographers should be able to:

  • Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
  • Push and pull routinely
  • Bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Assist patients on and off examining tables
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence

What are the job opportunities for sonographers?

Sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings. Career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research and commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives, technical advisors, etc. Salaries for sonographers are competitive with or higher than other professionals with similar levels of education.

Are there any extra expenses that a sonography student would incur?

In addition to University tuition, the fees for textbooks and uniforms are approximately $500. The clinical expenses associating with housing, transportation, criminal background check and drug screen will vary depending upon location.