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Would you like to be a part of a challenging, varied medical career field that’s the fastest growing in the state? Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a great fit for you if you have strong organizational and multitasking skills and are interested in an allied health field with high patient contact.
A diagnostic medical sonographer uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures of internal organs as requested by physicians to diagnose patients. Successful students are those who are independent thinkers and who like to solve puzzles.
Looking for a quick overview of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program? Take a look at Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a Glance for a short summary of what a diagnostic medical sonographer does and the degrees and certificates El Centro College offers.
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 hands-on 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.) Students use a wide variety of ultrasound equipment in their clinical rotations, which include a 300-plus-bed hospital, a 100-to-200-bed hospital, a children’s hospital and a specific obstetric rotation. Students take oral, practical and written exams over each organ.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered exclusively at El Centro College and includes:
Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the registry examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The pass rate for our graduates on these exams is well above the national average.
To find out more about diagnostic medical sonographers and get information on El Centro’s admission requirements, cost, financial aid and much more, visit El Centro’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Web page.