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Degree Plans - Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate (Archived)

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(Advanced Technical Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: ATC.DM.SONO.11

The Diagnostic Medial Sonography Certificate Option is for students having at least a previous Associate Degree in a designated allied health field or a B.S. degree with a major in a science discipline. Potential students will be considered on an individual basis to determine if they have an adequate background in anatomy and physiology, math and physics. Upon completion, an Advanced Technical Certificate will be awarded.

The diagnostic medical sonographer performs sonography examinations using high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures including the gall bladder, kidneys, pregnant uterus, and other organs as requested by the physician.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite l970, Chicago, Illinois 60601-2208: Telephone number 312.553.9355) and (JRC-DMS, 2025 Woodlane Dr. St Paul, Minn. 55125; Telephone number 651.731.7244) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Admission requirements include an information session, satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing, rank ordering by grade point, interviews and recommendation letters, and completion of all requirements for admission as a full-time student to the college. Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro College to sign up for the assessment test and Health Occupations Admissions to receive and information packet.



Certificate applicants must complete the two common-learning courses below and must have documented completion of coursework in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology prior to application to the program.

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

NOTE: The student must be accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program before progressing to the courses below.


DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Principles and Instrumentation 3


DMSO 1351 Sonographic Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO 1366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
DMSO 1405 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Cavity 4


DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
DMSO 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
DMSO 2370 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 3


DMSO 2253 Sonography of Superficial Structures 2
DMSO 2262 Clinical - Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2


DMSO 2263 Clinical - Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2


DMSO 2345 Advanced Sonography Practices 3
DMSO 2367 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Minimum Hours Required 44

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.

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