Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Mission Statement

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.

Application and Contact Information:

A new cohort begins every two years; eg. 2016, 2018, etc. A wait list is maintained when the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available seats.  A maximum of 20 students are admitted to each cohort.  This is based on the number of clinical sites that can accommodate our students.  The clinical sites cover an area as far north as Templeton and as far south as Burbank.

The application acceptance period for the Fall 2018 cohort will begin on July 1, 2016.  The Fall 2016 cohort will be filled from the existing wait list.

Please review the Prerequisites information to determine if you qualify for admittance. 

Health Technologies Office:  Lorraine Michalak 805-730-4166 or michalak@sbcc.edu 


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