Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


NOTICE:   Applications are continuously accepted from qualified applicants.  Qualified applicants are added to an existing wait list, which at this time extends out to the fall 2022 class.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), sometimes referred to as ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

It is also used to guide needles during biopsies when samples of cells from organs are collected for lab testing (i.e. test for cancer in breast tissue). Unlike x-rays, sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality.

The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform sonographic examinations of:

The Abdomen

Superficial structures (Breast, Scrotum, and Thyroid)

Non-cardiac chest

Gravid and nongravid pelvis, both transabdominal and transvaginal

Job Opportunities

  • Sonography is being used increasingly in acute care hospitals, imaging centers, and physicians' offices; it is used in all medical specialties.

  • The California Employment Development Department projected a 42.6% increase in DMS employment from 2012-2022.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Santa Barbara City College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

CAAHEP mailing address:

25400 US Highway 19 North

Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone:  727-210-2350

Faculty & Offices

Debra Von Bernuth, RDMS, RVT, Program Director

Danielle Terveen, R.T.(R), RDMS, RVT, Faculty and Clinical Coordinator

Bruce Oda, R.T.(R), Department Chair

Department Offices

Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Administrative Support: Lorraine Michalak

Updated 8/2017

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