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:
Superficial structures (Breast, Scrotum, and Thyroid)
Gravid and nongravid pelvis, both transabdominal and transvaginal
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
Clearwater, FL 33763
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
Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Administrative Support: Lorraine Michalak