Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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.

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 CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, are in health care occupations.   

Diagnostic imaging specialists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job openings, showing 680 job openings through 2017.   

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, CareerOneStop lists diagnostic medical sonographer as fourth in its 39 fastest-growing occupations and 11th in its top 36 careers with the most job openings through 2022. Positions are projected to increase by an incredible 46 percent through the coming 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. 

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit dcccd.edu/hb1508.