Program Description

The diagnostic medical sonography certificate is an 18-month program. This program is only for students who already have a Bachelor’s Degree or an Associate’s Degree in a science or Allied Health field, or ARDMS or CCI Registry.  You may choose from a General Sonography, including Abdomen and Obstetric/Gynecology, or a Cardiovascular Sonography, including Vascular Technology and Echocardiography (sonography of the heart) Certificate. It is designed to produce competent, compassionate, and responsible ultrasound professionals and leaders. This program prepares students to operate ultrasound diagnostic equipment in a medical setting. Training includes patient positioning, organ location and interpretation of images. Before beginning our sonography courses, students need to have completed college courses, such as human anatomy and physiology, algebra, psychology, and English. Students may also need to complete a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Diagnostic medical sonographers work closely with physicians and are responsible for operating ultrasound diagnostic equipment, which uses sound waves, to generate images of internal organs. Hands-on experience with diagnostic medical sonography equipment is provided in the program. Courses may include:

  • Sectional anatomy
  • Ultrasound physics
  • Abdominal sonography
  • Echocardiography for adults
  • OB/GYN sonography
  • Vascular sonography

According to the BLS, 2014 median pay is $30.07/hour ($62,540 per year), with “Much Faster than Average” growth.


  • Introduction to Sonography: Normal Structure and Function, (3rd ed.)
  • Color Atlas of Ultrasound Anatomy
  • OB/GYN Registry Review
  • Abdomen Registry Review
  • Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography, (8th ed.)
  • Workbook for Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography
  • Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography, 7th Edition
  • Echo Registry Review
  • Understanding Ultrasound Physics, (4th ed.)
  • Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography (6th Edition)
  • Vascular Registry Review

Some of the resources and equipment available for students:

Library, including Textbooks, Reference Books, Medical Journals

Computer & Internet

Ultrasound machines including, among others:

    • GE Logiq 9
    • Acuson Sequoia
    • HP Sonos 5500

Stress Test Machine

EKG Machines