Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Sonography

NOTICE:  Applications are not being accepted at the present time for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  The Fall 2016 cohort will be filled from the current wait list.  Beginning July 1, 2016, applications will be accepted for the Fall 2018 cohort.  Be sure to review the prerequisites; there have been some changes. 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), sometimes referred to as ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

It is also used to guide needles during biopsies when samples of cells from organs are collected for lab testing (i.e. test for cancer in breast tissue). Unlike x-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

Job Opportunities

  • Sonography is being used increasingly in acute care hospitals, imaging centers, and physicians' offices; it is used in all medical specialties.

  • The California Employment Development Department projected a 42.6% increase in DMS employment from 2012-2022.

Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Santa Barbara City College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Faculty & Offices

Debra Von Bernuth, Program Director

Danielle Terveen, Faculty and Clinical Coordinator

Bruce Oda, Department Chair

Department Offices

Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Application Secretary: Lorraine Michalak


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