Effective July 1, 2017, the Diagnostic Ultrasound (DIUS) program currently housed within the College of Science and Engineering will join the College of Nursing. This partnership will create a new venue for cross-program learning and enhance opportunities to educate health professionals ready to collaborate in a complex care environment.
The DIUS program was founded in 1978 by leading sonographer and educator, Joan P. Baker, MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS. As part of the College of Science and Engineering, the program has grown from its first graduating class of two students to 22 to 24 students per year.
The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Diagnostic Ultrasound with either a cardiovascular sonography or general/vascular sonography focus. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
In their senior year, students spend a full 12 months gaining essential hands-on experience during a supervised internship. Students typically divide their internship year between two sites, spending six months at each. There are currently more than 100 internships sites located all over the U.S.
Of the partnership, Dean Kristen Swanson commented, “I joyfully anticipate welcoming faculty, staff, and students from DIUS to the College of Nursing this summer. I especially look forward to the many contributions I know we will make together in fulfilling our mission of educating and inspiring leaders to transform health care for a just and humane world.”