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About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

How to Get Started

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.

Information Sessions

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.

Information Packet

Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the online information packet for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Admission Requirements

  • Application and current admission to a college of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
  • View an online Diagnostic Medical Sonography information session 
  • Completion of designated courses from the Sonography Core Curriculum with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 
  • Completion of the remaining Sonography Core Curriculum courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Completion of the HESI A2 test with a minimum score of 70 on each of the required sections (Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, Grammar and Vocabulary/General Knowledge). 
  • Submission of a complete application packet to the Health Occupations Admissions Office by the deadline of Dec. 31 for the class which begins in June of the following calendar year.

Application and Selection for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

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.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

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.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about courses offered, including prerequisites, links to course descriptions and more. Get detailed information about the courses required for:

  • Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate for students who already hold an associate degree in a health-related field (such as radiography, nursing, respiratory care or an M.D.) with recent direct patient care experience.
  • Program Location and Facilities

    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:

    • 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

    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.

    photo of sonography student, instructor and patient

    Related Programs

    Interested in the health care field? You might want to check out other health care-related programs.

    Other Degree and Certificate Options

    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.​​

    Faculty Profiles

    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.

    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.

    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.