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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

ATTENTION! The new Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a new curriculum which still includes HPRS courses.
Are you fascinated by medical science? Do you want a career with variety? Would you like to be a part of an exciting and challenging profession? Are you ready for a well-paying, high-demand job in one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation?

Then a career in diagnostic medical sonography may be for you! It’s a great fit for people who have strong organizational and multitasking skills and who are interested in the medical field.

A diagnostic medical sonographer, or ultrasonographer, performs sonography examinations using high-frequency sound waves, obtaining sonographic data necessary for a physician to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Our successful students are independent thinkers who like to solve puzzles.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program? Take a look at Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a Glance for a short summary of what a diagnostic medical sonographer does and the degrees and certificates El Centro College offers.

What You’ll Learn

El Centro College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is recognized both locally and nationally for its outstanding faculty and exemplary clinical rotations. (Clinical rotations are work-based learning experiences, where you are able to practice what you've learned in a real-life setting, under the supervision of a professional.)

Our students attend classes two days a week and perform clinical rotations three days a week, allowing them to apply their academics to hands-on clinical practice. The pass rate for our graduates is well above the national average for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) board exams.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College offers an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Students who already hold an associate degree in another allied health discipline may earn an Advanced Technical Certificate in Sonography.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography medical board exams and may sit for the physics, abdomen and obstetrics and gynecology registries. Students will also have a working knowledge of vascular sonographic exams.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of Program Retention Rate Employed in Sonography Field ARDMS SPI Registry Pass Rate ARDMS Abdomen Registry Pass Rate ARDMS OB/GYN Registry Pass Rate
2013 10/10 9/10 10/10 10/10 3/3
2014 10/10 10/10 10/10 10/10 4/4
2015 12/12 12/12 12/12 11/12 3/4
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.