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Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a Glance

image of diagnostic medical sonographers viewing a sonogram

What does a diagnostic medical sonographer do?

  • Performs sonographic exams using high-frequency sound waves to visualize internal organs
  • Uses specialized ultrasound equipment, helps decide which images to use, summarizes technical findings and coordinates work with physicians and other health-care team members
  • Has direct and extensive patient contact
  • Creates sonographic images used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis

What is the career outlook?

  • Excellent job opportunities, with multiple specialties or credentials most in demand and best paid
  • Most jobs in hospitals and clinics, but procedures increasingly performed in outpatient settings
  • 40-hour workweek typical for full-time sonographers, but may include evening, weekend or on-call hours, as well as reporting to work on short notice
  • In Texas: 52 percent job growth projected through 2020; median salaries $30.81 per hour or $64,070annually* 
    Dallas County: median salaries $31.83 per hour or $66,210 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

 Diagnostic Medical Sonography program

Awards and coursework El Centro Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Applied Sciences DegreeX72 
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical CertificateX44 
Although licensure is not required to work as a diagnostic medical sonographer in the state of Texas, many employers may require sonographers to be registered by successful completion of the American Registry f​or Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination. For more information, visit the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers website. 

Measures of effectiveness El Centro

Licensure exam pass rates for students attending**

Licensure/Certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Employment rates for graduates***100%

What are the program prerequisites?

Here is a link to the current course catalog listing all of the prerequisites, courses included and the length of the program.  Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS

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Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Acceptance to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is by a competitive selection process based on a weighted point system
  • Learn more about Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

*America’s Career Infonet 2011 data for diagnostic medical sonographers
**Licensure Data Reporting System from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2012-2013
***Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Perkins 2012-2013​​​​