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Get Started in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

How to Get Started 

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

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.


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.

Rising Star Program

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.

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.

Related Programs

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Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

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.

Transfer Information

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.

Links to Additional Information

Note: The links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement.

  • The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is an independent, nonprofit organization that administers examinations and awards credentials in the areas of diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, vascular interpretation and vascular technology.
  • The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) was founded in 1970 to promote, advance and educate its members and the medical community in the science of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. There is a student component to SDMS and prospective students are encouraged to explore this website for information on the field.

Contact Us

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.