2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Degree Plan: Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

(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 three common-learning courses below and must have documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessments in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology or an Associate's degree in a related field through an accredited program and current credentials prior to application to the program.

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PHYS 1401 College Physics I 4
DMSO 1110 Introduction to Sonography 1

NOTE: The Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum must be completed, and the student must be accepted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program before progressing to the DMSO/DSVT courses below.


DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1101 Techniques of Medical Sonography 1


DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
DMSO 1366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
DMSO 2341 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology 3
DMSO 1367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


DMSO 2253 Sonography of Superficial Structures 2
DSVT 1200 Principles of Vascular Technology 2
DMSO 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 1
DSVT 2200 Vascular Technology Applications 2
DSVT 2367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Minimum Hours Required 45

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.

© 2024 Dallas County Community College District.