Information About the Program

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scanning techniques for abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, medical/surgical, neonatal, and pediatric patients.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal structures of the abdomen, pelvis, small body parts, and peripheral vasculature arteries and abdominal vasculature.
  • Utilize high frequency sound waves to image arterial & venous peripheral vasculature, abdominal vasculature and extracranial carotid arteries; as well as abdominal organs & small parts.
  • Obtain a certificate in DMS.
  • Achieve eligibility to take the ARDMS registry exams in general Sonography:  RDMS AB and RDMS OB/GYN
  • This is a 21-month Certificate Program in which courses are arranged in a meaningful sequence and must be taken in the order planned. The program begins every other year with the College's Fall Semester. 

    The schedule of program courses in the DMS program at Santa Barbara City College is as follows: 

    Fall semester: Lectures are held on Fridays and Saturdays (possible addition of Wednesdays and Thursdays if RT 120 and RT 250 are needed).  Labs are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (only one lab day is required).

    Spring semester: Lectures are held on Fridays and Saturdays.  Labs are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (only one lab day per course is required).

    Summer semester: Clinical Experience - 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (464 hours).

    Fall semester: Lecture and labs held on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to Clinical Experience for 32 hours per week for 15 weeks (448 hours).

    Winter Intersession: Clinical Experience for 4 weeks (120 hours).

    Spring semester: Lecture is  held on Fridays and in addition to Clinical Experience for 32 hours per week for 15 weeks (456 hours).

  • $6,500 for the 21 month program; this includes tuition, books, uniforms, physical exam, immunization, and CPR requirements, as well as licensing fees.  The majority of the expenses are at the beginning of the program, and students pay college fees each semester. 

  • (from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Plano, Texas. Copyright 1999-2015).

    Sonographers must be able to:

    • Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
    • Push and pull routinely
    • Bend and stoop routinely
    • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
    • Distinguish audible sounds
    • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
    • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
    • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
    • Assist patients on and off examining tables
    • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
    • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence