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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Program

Program Returns Winter 2023

Diagnostic Medical Sonograph is one of the most dynamic and fascinating careers available in medical imaging. 

  • The sonographer enjoys working with highly technical equipment using high frequency sound waves to view the human body and assist the physician in diagnosis.
  • The Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) is qualified by professional credentialing, academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using high frequency sound waves and related diagnostic procedures.

Characteristics for a Successful Sonographer

The sonographer must maintain a high standard of medical ethics along with requisite emotional maturity.

  • He/she is self directed, highly motivated to increase the level of understanding and knowledge of the field including pathophysiology, disease, and new procedures as they evolve.
  • Additionally, the sonographer must possess excellent communication skills, exercise good judgment, work well with other team members, and can work autonomously.
  • The successful sonographer has the ability to conceptualize in 3-dimensional form, with excellent psychomotor skills, employs intellectual curiosity, uses accurate analytical capabilities, and dedicated to the care of patients.
  • He/she is the health care professional responsible for the acquisition of information to aid with patient diagnosis.

Degree & Program Types

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science

Certificate of Achievement


Program Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has been in operation since 1984.  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).  The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N,
Seminole, FL 33775
phone: 727-210-2350
fax: 727-210-2354

Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard
Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
phone: 443-973-3251
fax: 866-738-3444

A diagnostic medical sonography career is for you if you are a health care professional who cares about people and who also enjoys working with highly technical equipment. If this describes you then join us and become a valuable member of the health care professional team known as the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. 

Application Process

DMS Quick View
Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
Degree/Cert: AS/Yes
Length: 18 months

Number Accepted: 15–20
Application Due: Closed
Prerequisites: Yes — See application.
Approx. Cost of Program: $4,500
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: No
Estimated Annual Salary: $65,000-$90,000



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