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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 good fit if you have strong organizational and multitasking skills and want a health career 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.

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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 and a specific obstetric rotation. There are oral, practical and written exams over each organ. 

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 America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.   

Diagnostic imaging specialists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job openings, showing 530 job openings this year at an average salary of $32.40 an hour.   

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, America’s Career Infonet lists diagnostic medical sonographer as number one in its 39 fastest-growing occupations and eleventh in its top 36 careers with the most job openings through 2022. Positions are projected to increase by an incredible 58 percent through the coming decade. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent.  

U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists diagnostic medical sonographer as eighth in its top 36 best health care jobs through the next 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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Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a Glance

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.