Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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NOTICE:  Applications are not being accepted at the present time for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  The Fall 2016 cohort will be filled from the current wait list.  Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2016 for the Fall 2018 cohort.  Be sure to review the prerequisites as there have been some changes.

A maximum of 20 students are admitted to each cohort.  A new cohort begins every two years in the fall semester; 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.  This is based on the number of clinical sites that will accommodate our students.  Our clinical sites are as far north as Templeton and as far south as Burbank. 

 Sonography Prerequisite Options:

1.   Completion of a two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related (RT, RN, PT etc.).

Program must have been:  full-time, 24 months, and included 6 months of clinical experience.


2.   Bachelor's degree 


3.   MD or DO degrees from in or outside the U.S., equivalent to those
       of the U.S. and Canada


In addition to one of the above, the following prerequisites must be completed before applying to the program:
  • Human Anatomy (e.g. BMS 107) 4 units
  • Human Physiology (e.g. BMS 108) 4 units
  • General Physics (e.g. PHYS 105 or PHYS 101 plus PHYS 101L) 4 units course must include a lab
  • Intermediate Algebra (e.g. MATH 107), Statistics (e.g. MATH 117), or higher mathematics course 4 units
  • Written Communication (e.g. ENG 110) 3 units
  • Medical Terminology: (e.g. HIT 135) 3 units - an equivalent course may be found at most Community Colleges.



After acceptance to the DMS program, and before entering, students are required to: 

1.  Attend a mandatory orientation meeting the semester prior to entry (accepted students will be notified individually of the date and time).

2.  Student must have a physical exam done by a physician of their choice using the SBCC physical exam form, which will be handed out at orientation.

3.  Submit results of a current negative TB test, and update annually.

4.  Submit lab results showing proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (the MMR vaccination).

5.  Submit lab results showing proof of immunity to Hepatitis B.  Note:  The Hepatitis B vaccination is given in three doses over a six month period.

6.  Submit proof of having received the Tdap vaccination.

7.  Submit lab results showing proof of immunity to varicella.

8.  Submit proof of having received the influenza vaccination each flu season.

9.  Submit a copy of a CPR card, which must be kept current throughout the program.

10. Complete a background check.

11. Complete a drug screening.


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