Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


NOTICE:  As of February 20, 2014, applications are no longer accepted for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, until after we exhaust the current wait list.  The Fall 2016 cohort will be filled from the current wait list.  Check the website periodically for updates regarding when new applications will be accepted.  

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.
Sonography is increasingly being used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke. It is also used to guide fine needle, tissue biopsy to assist in taking a sample of cells from an organ 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 27.6% increase in DMS employment from 2004-2014.


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

Department Offices

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

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