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To get started in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. He or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Before you apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you must complete the entire Sonography Core Curriculum. The core curriculum includes selected general education support courses and health care-related courses that provide students with an introductory knowledge of the theory and application of health care concepts.
Potential 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.
Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the online information packet for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Before applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you must complete the entire Sonography Core Curriculum that comprises selected general education support courses and health care-related courses that provide an introductory knowledge of the theory and application of health care concepts. If you hold a minimum of an associate or bachelor’s degree in a health-related field (such as radiography, nursing, respiratory care or an M.D.), with recent direct patient care experience, you may qualify to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program as a certificate applicant. Someone who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in a science discipline (such as biology or physics) may also potentially qualify as a certificate applicant, but will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine direct patient care experience and knowledge of pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Potential certificate applicants should contact the El Centro Health Occupations Admissions Office for specific application requirements.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program accepts 10 students every June. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31 for the class that begins the following June.
Qualified applicants pursuing the associate degree or the certificate are included in the applicant pool and are initially rank ordered by the grade point averages on five designated courses from the Sonography Core Curriculum and the remaining courses from the Core Curriculum. The top 30 applicants are then selected for the personal interview process. Applicants who are interviewed are ranked again via a weighted point system comprised of scores on a personal interview, the HESI A2 test and the applicant’s cumulative grade point average on the entire Sonography Core Curriculum. The 10 top-ranked applicants are selected for the program.
Scholarships are available once you have been admitted to the program. Please check with the program coordinator for details. You may also qualify for other scholarship opportunities; please check with your academic advisor.
All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas/Ft. 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.
Our catalog provides detailed information about courses offered, including prerequisites, links to course descriptions and more. Get detailed information about the courses required for:
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is located in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing, in the Paramount Building at Market and Pacific streets, one block northwest from the main campus. 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:
The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.
The El Centro College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, along with other accreditation review committees, sponsors the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. The El Centro Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was initially accredited in 1987 and was awarded another 10 year accreditation in 2012.
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The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.
Our faculty members not only have academic degrees, they also have real-world experience in the workplace, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you will face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, helping you to learn new techniques and map career-enhancement strategies.
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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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