Diagnostic Medical Sonography at El Centro

El Centro College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is recognized both locally and nationally for its outstanding faculty and exemplary clinical rotations.

Program Location and Facilities

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is located in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing, one block northwest from the main campus in downtown Dallas. The center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.  

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP: 25400 U.S. Highway. 19, Suite 158, Clearwater, Fla. 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: JRC-DMS, 6021 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, Md. 21043, Phone: 443-973-3251, Fax 866-738-3444).

The El Centro Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was initially accredited in 1987 and was awarded a 10-year accreditation in 2012.

Information Sessions and Information Packet 

Upon admission to El Centro College and the completion of an advising meeting, potential program applicants are required to view an online Diagnostic Medical Sonography information session in which the program, application process and acceptance procedure are discussed in detail.

Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session. This packet is your go-to for all the latest details about the progam.

Application and Admission to the Program

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program accepts 12 students every June. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31 for the class that begins the following June.

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotations.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Graduate Outcomes


Graduates ofProgram Retention RateEmployed in Sonography FieldARDMS SPI Registry Pass RateARDMS Abdomen Registry Pass RateARDMS OB/GYN Registry Pass Rate
201310/109/1010/1010/103/3
201410/1010/1010/1010/104/4
201512/1212/1212/1211/124/5
201612/1211/1212/1211/128/8
201711/1210/1111/1111/114/4