Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Would you like to be a part of a challenging, varied medical career field that's one of the fastest growing in the state? You might want to become a diagnostic medical sonographer if you have an aptitude for intellectually and technically challenging work and want a health career with high patient contact.

What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A diagnostic medical sonographer uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to visualize internal organs, soft tissue structures and vessels as requested by physicians to diagnose patients. Successful students are those who are persistent, independent thinkers.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Diagnostic Medical Sonography jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

A Comprehensive Program

El Centro College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is recognized both locally and nationally for its outstanding faculty and exemplary clinical rotations.
Students attend classroom sessions and get practical experience in the ultrasound scanning lab and through clinical rotations in area hospitals and other health care facilities. 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.
You'll get to use a wide variety of ultrasound equipment in clinical rotations, which include a 300-plus-bed hospital, a 100-to-200-bed hospital, a children's hospital as well as an obstetric and vascular specialty rotation. 

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, are in health care occupations.   

Diagnostic imaging specialists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job openings, showing 680 job openings through 2017.   

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, CareerOneStop lists diagnostic medical sonographer as fourth in its 39 fastest-growing occupations and 11th in its top 36 careers with the most job openings through 2022. Positions are projected to increase by an incredible 46% through the coming decade.   

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered exclusively at El Centro College among colleges of DCCCD.

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HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit dcccd.edu/hb1508.

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