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 for the Fall 2018 cohort.
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.
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
Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Application Secretary: Lorraine Michalak