Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Mission Statement

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 2014 and Fall 2016 cohorts will be filled from the current wait list.  Check the website periodically for updates.  

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. 2014, 2016 etc. A wait list is maintained when the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available seats.  A maximum of 22 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.


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