Nat'l Registry Recommended
plus 1 summer
prior to entry
Al H A010, Al H A111,
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a technique using high frequency sound waves to create images of specific areas of the body from which pathology may be diagnosed. A competent sonographer must have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, cross sectional anatomy, and pathology, as well as the skills to manipulate a wide variety of sophisticated instruments. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Description of job for which program prepares students
Works as a sonographer in the areas of the abdomen and pelvis, and small parts with introduction to vascular ultrasound.
Required program prerequisites
q Allied Health A010: Health Occupations
q Allied Health A111: Medical Terminology
q Biology A221: Human Anatomy & Physiology
q Math and General Education Requirements (#3 and 4a-d in the College Catalog) for the Associate of Science degree, approximately 18 units
Recommended program preparation
q Counseling A102
Associate in Science Degree
Does this program transfer?
You will need to consult a transfer counselor in Watson Hall to verify the transfer status pertaining to your particular situation.
Procedure for program admittance
All students must complete the course Allied Health A010 – Health Occupations in order to apply to the program. Students are selected and admitted to the program on a first come, first serve basis following completion of Allied Health A010. Students must be admitted to the program in order to enroll in any DMS class.
The program starts in the fall semester every year. All classes must be taken in sequence as listed in the college catalog.
Employment possibilities upon program completion
Hospitals, clinics, private physician’s offices and commercial companies.
Approximately $29-$34/hour, depending upon position, employer and location
Courses within the program which students can take while seeking admission to the program (subject to catalog restriction
q Allied Health A120: Human Diseases
Length of program
Four (4) semesters, one (1) summer session, and one (1) intersession following entry into the program.
Maximum of 24 depending on number of qualified contracted clinical facility spaces available.
All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background/drug screen check. The background check will include County Criminal Records (Past 7 Years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. The drug screening will include THC, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methaqualone, propoxyphene and methadone. If requested by the clinical site, the results of the background/drug checks must be provided to them by the student.
The program requires that students participate in scheduled course clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses. Clinical assignments provide students with hands-on application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory courses at OCC contracted hospitals, medical centers, and/or outpatient facilities. It is the responsibility of each student to provide his or her own transportation to assigned clinical sites.
Just prior to entry into clinical, students are required to complete/obtain:
q A physical examination
q Criminal background/drug screen check clearance
q CPR, HIPAA training, Blood borne pathogen training provided through Al H A115
q Student liability insurance
Students must adhere to appropriate required dress code which may include a laboratory coat, other program specific requirements.
Clinical sites may require drug testing or other blood work. There may be exposure to hazardous materials and infectious pathogens in the clinical setting. Students will adhere to all safety and standard precautionary measures. The student receives no financial compensation for clinical experience, but does receive course units as a required class in the program.
The need for qualified sonographers remains throughout the nation.
Accreditation of Program
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Program Student Learning Outcome
The outcome of the program is to prepare students as competent Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for employment in the imaging field as professionals to meet community needs, and apply the concept of life-long learning through professional growth activities.
Registered radiologic technologists and other allied health practitioners are encouraged to apply.
Cindi Reber-Bonhall, Program Coordinator Caryn Plum, Allied Health Advisor
Allied Health Program Assistant – Jane McLaughlin – 714-432-5729