Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions.
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.
Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.
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:
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.
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Faculty members have professional experience as well as academic degrees, so they can relate to the challenges you will face at work. Instructors work with you one-on-one, helping you to learn new techniques and map career-enhancement strategies.
See profiles of some of our faculty.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.
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If the information on our website doesn’t answer all of your questions about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, please feel free to contact us.