Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Information

Are you fascinated by technology and the inner workings of the human body? If so, a career in sonography may be the right path for you. A medical sonographer is a person qualified to provide patient imaging using ultrasound technology and equipment under the supervision of a medical doctor to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, heart and more.

The diagnostic medical sonography program at San Jacinto College:

  • Prepares students to work in entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities through hands-on laboratory practice and a variety of clinical rotations
  • Trains students to use high frequency sound waves to produce images used for assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. The program concentrates on imaging the organs of the abdomen and pelvis as well as superficial structures and obstetrics
  • Grants students eligibility to apply to take exams for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)

Additional Information

  • Full-time days only (clinical day: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; lecture day: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,)
  • ARDMS SPI pass rate of 100 percent, 2011-2014
  • Clinical site rotations through 12 facilities (including Katy, Texas Medical Center and League City)
  • Typical school calendar is followed (16-week spring and fall terms; 13-week summer term)
  • Tuition, fees, and books are approximately $2,960/year for in-district students. The first semester is approximately $500 extra for immunizations, uniforms, CPR certification and online clinical system.

Career Opportunities

Employment of sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Sonographic technology is expected to evolve rapidly and to spawn many new sonography procedures, such as 3D- and 4D-sonography for use in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis.

Earning Potential

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer average median salary: $74,044 per year1

For more information contact 281-476-1871 or michele.noel@sjcd.edu.


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