Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


NOTICE:  Applications are accepted now for the Fall 2018 cohort.   Be sure to review the prerequisites; there have been some changes.   There is not an application deadline.  Applications are continuously accepted from qualified applicants.  When the number of applications from qualified applicants reaches 20, a wait list will be maintained.

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.


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)
Administrative Support: Lorraine Michalak

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