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.
Graduates will be clinically and technically prepared to enter the current job market.
Graduates will communicate effectively in the work care setting.
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to perform and identify normal anatomy and pathology for the following examinations:
Superficial structures (Breast, Scrotum, and Thyroid)
Gravid and nongravid pelvis, both transabdominal and transvaginal
*This program is accredited for the General Learning concentration only, which includes the exams mentioned above. While our program touches on vascular exams, we are NOT accredited for the Vascular Learning Concentration.
Sonography is being used increasingly in acute care hospitals, imaging centers, and physicians' offices; it is used in all medical specialties.
- According to The California Employment Development Department, the number of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are expected to increase by 25.9 percent, or 1,500 jobs between 2016 and 2026.
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