Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)-Resume Tip Sheet


As a diagnostic medical sonography graduate, you should create a career-specific resume which highlights your required clinical experience and other work experience in a medical setting. (Click Diagnostic Medical Sonography ResumeTemplate and use the instructions below to create your resume.)


Instructions for creating a diagnostic medical sonography resume:

A. Heading

     List your contact information at the top center like this:

Street Address, City, MI 00000
(000) 000-0000               thallemail@gmail.com 
LinkedIn (Hyperlink this phrase to your own LI profile.) 

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 Begin Your Resume with Professional Qualifications and 185 Action Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome.) 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, Obtained 00/0000
    ARDMS approved
   *Abdomen (AB) examination, ARDMS approved                            Pending 00/0000
   *Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) examination,                        Pending 00/0000
     ARDMS approved
   *Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination,   Passed 00/0000
    ARDMS approved
   Basic Life Support (BLS) with AED/CPR certification                      Expires 00/0000
     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 0000/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 0000/Hours: 432
   Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Student 

   ● State a skill or accomplishment shown during this clinical that relates to the job
       posting requirements
    ● State a skill or accomplishment shown during this clinical that relates to the job
       posting requirements

   XYZ Hospital                                   City, MI                        Spring 0000/Hours: 544
   Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Student
  ● State a skill or accomplishment shown during this clinical that relates to the job
     posting requirements
  ● State a skill or accomplishment shown during this clinical that relates to the job
     posting requirements

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                                 City, MI                     Expected graduation 00/0000
   Associate of Applied Science                                          Honors: Dean’s List
   Diagnostic Medical Sonography                                      GPA: 0.0

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.

    Name of Organization                        City, MI                         00/0000–00/0000
    Job Title
   • Do not simply list job duties; state an accomplishment or a skill you have shown in this job, beginning with an action verb 

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

Print Article


Article ID: 135872
Tue 12/21/21 4:31 PM
Tue 5/21/24 2:10 PM