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Sonography Program (Florida and Minnesota)

Program description


Mayo School of Health Sciences offers a 21-month Sonography Program.

Students who complete the program receive a certificate from Mayo School of Health Sciences. This program is also offered as a collaborative bachelor's degree with the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) sonography track.

The Sonography Program is offered at Mayo's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida. Academic lectures originate primarily from the Rochester campus and are made available to students in Florida using interactive video-enabled classrooms. This system goes beyond traditional distance education and allows live face-to-face collaboration between students and faculty.

The program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a competent entry-level sonographer in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect.

Students have an opportunity to train in specialties such as abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology and peripheral vascular. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply to take national certification exams given by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the specialty areas of abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular technology.

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.


The Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


Minnesota campus

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Primarily, clinical education takes place on the Mayo Clinic campus in the departments of radiology, vascular medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. State-of-the-art ultrasound scanners are available at more than 50 scanning stations throughout the campus.

Florida campus

Students on the Florida campus may be required to spend the first one or two weeks on the Rochester, Minnesota, campus attending various labs and courses.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the interconnected Stabile, Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.

The ambulatory facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary to specialty care and advanced procedures. Mayo Clinic Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient services, including surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid-organ transplant units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities.

Primarily, clinical education takes place in the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Davis Building and off-site obstetrical practices in Jacksonville. State-of-the-art ultrasound scanners are available throughout the Jacksonville campus.

Graduation and certification

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Those completing the collaborative bachelor's degree with UMR also receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree.

Prior to graduation, students are required to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination given by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Graduates are then eligible to take the appropriate specialty certification examinations.


The Sonography Program is a full-time (40 hours a week) program. The learning schedule includes eight-hour days five days a week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 10 students into its Sonography Program. Eight student positions are located at the Mayo campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and two are located at the Mayo campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Class sizes are small to allow one-on-one clinical instruction. Class size is subject to change.

  • Sep 29, 2016
  • ART909087