Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)-Resume Tip Sheet

Resume Tip Sheet for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 As a diagnostic medical sonography graduate, you can create a CHRONOLOGICAL resume if you have completed the required clinical experience or have other work experience in a medical setting. (See the article Easy Steps for a Chronological Resume)

Or you can create a COMBINATION resume if you would rather emphasize your categories of skills, along with your education and the required clinical experience. (See the article Easy Steps for a Combination Resume)

Tips for creating key sections of a diagnostic medical sonographer’s resume:

A. Heading

List your credentials like this:

Tatum Hall
Street Address, City, MI 00000
(000) 000-0000
thallemail@gmail.com                          LinkedIn Profile/Customized URL

B. Professional Qualifications
Begin your resume with a summary of your professional qualifications. To write the bulleted statements in this section, be sure to use keywords, requirements and preferences mentioned in the job posting. (For more information see the following articles: Developing Your Qualifications Summary and Beating the ATS.) Below is an example:

● Proficient in performing general, OB/GYN, and vascular exams efficiently in a fast-paced environment while meeting the needs of the individual patient
● Possess excellent technical ability for acquiring usable images with attention to detail
● Display an empathetic, reassuring attitude when dealing with patients who are experiencing pain or anxiety
● Knowledgeable and flexible in using GE, Philips and Siemens ultrasound equipment

Key Terms: compassion, emotional stability, physical stamina, recognize pathology, tailor the study, investigate abnormalities, detail oriented, empathy, flexibility, professionalism, independent, self-motivated

C. Licenses/Certifications
List licenses or certifications granted by a governing body. Look at requirements listed in job posting and choose optimum placement on the resume for this information. Below is an example:


Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential, ARDMS approved                                Obtained 00/0000
*Abdomen (AB) examination, ARDMS approved                                                                                               Pending 00/0000
*Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) examination, ARDMS approved                                                         Pending 00/0000
*Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination, ARDMS approved                                Passed 00/0000
Basic Life Support (BLS) with AED/CPR certification                                                                                       Expires 00/2023
American Heart Association approved

* NOTE: When you have passed both the SPI and a specialty exam, remove them from this list and use the RDMS credential only.

D. Clinical Experience
A diagnostic medical sonographer’s clinical experiences are important examples of professional experience. List your three clinical experiences in reverse chronological order using the following format:


ABC Hospital                                                                              City, MI                                                   Fall 2021/Hours: 528
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Student
● Prepared patients properly for procedures by carefully explaining procedure, positioning patients
● Calculated acquired data and prepared each study for medical staff interpretation

LMN Imaging Center                                                                  City, MI                                                 Summer 2021/Hours: 432
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Student
● xxxxxx
● xxxxxx

XYZ Hospital                                                                                City, MI                                                  Spring 2021/Hours: 544
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Student
● xxxxxx
● xxxxxx

E. Education
Place your education information directly after CLINICAL EXPERIENCE. You may include any colleges at which you have completed courses or from which you have obtained a degree. See the example below which shows how to list your degree:

Baker College                                                                        Owosso, MI                                               Expected graduation 12/2021
Associate of Applied Science                                                                                                                  Honors: Dean’s List
Diagnostic Medical Sonography                                                                                                            GPA: 3.76

IMPORTANT: If applying to jobs before graduation, you can state that all your requirements were completed in November. Include this information in the cover letter or mention it in the interview.


If you had a relevant major or a specific education track, you may list them below your degree. Other optional information: honors and GPA if 3.5+

F. Work Experience
List non-medical work experience with two to three bullets which highlight soft skills. Also, be sure to list related medical experience outside of your clinical experience which would be desirable to the employer (e.g., medical assistant, exercise physiologist, CNA) and highlight transferable skills.

G. Optional Sections


Affiliations/Volunteer Activities
List professional organizations you are a member of, as well as community affiliations and involvement that would be relevant to your field. See the example below:

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS)                                                                                       0000
Michigan Sonographers Society (MSS)                                                                                                                 0000
Blood Services Team Member, American Red Cross                                                                                          0000
● Depending on the length of your resume and your goals, the volunteer activities can simply be a list of the organizations and your titles or can include duties/achievements as in the CLINICAL EXPERIENCE section.

Relevant Coursework
This section may be placed after your education section and should only mention specific coursework required for or desirable for the position. Highlight courses that may not be part of a typical diagnostic medical sonographer’s degree if these courses show important skills for the job. Example: Non-Invasive Vascular Sonography

Revised 30 September 2021


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