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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech)

DMS UltrasoundThe Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program at Newbridge College provides students with the technical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to potentially gain entry-level employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Ultrasound Tech working with ultrasound equipment in medical clinics, imaging centers, hospitals, mobile imaging services and other medical facilities.

Program Length

  • Day Classes: 76 weeks
  • Evening Classes: 100 weeks

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Program Course Description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) training program provides the training to develop the skills needed to perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound equipment for diagnosis and interpretation by a Physician.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Diploma. Graduation from this program does not automatically qualify all students to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination; graduates that do not possess a four year degree are likely not qualified for ARDMS until 12 months of paid employment as a Sonographer has been accomplished.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. For more information about Financial Aid options, please visit the Financial Aid page or contact one of our Admissions Representatives.

During the course of this program, students will learn:

  • Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, as it relates to diagnostics and diagnostic imaging procedures
  • An understanding of the ultrasound machine, instrumentation and safety
  • An understanding of the physics of ultrasound, including image formation, knobology, color flow, 2-D scan and display
  • How to perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound equipment
  • Vascular sonography, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, limited vascular anatomy and pathology
  • Gynecology and obstetrics to perform OB/GYN ultrasound procedures

Externship Program

Upon completion of their academic requirements, students participate in an externship program with a health care employer, providing students with real-world hands-on work experience.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Command of English language
  • In addition, students must satisfy one of the following:
    • Interview and obtain a favorable recommendation from the program director, director of education or campus president;
    • (or) be a graduate of a two year Allied Health education program that is patient care related (Allied Health occupations include, but are not limited to, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Radiologic Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse and Surgical Technologist);
    • (or) foreign graduates with a minimum of an Associate Degree or equivalent (all transcripts and documents must be in English and evaluated by a foreign education transcript evaluation organization);
    • (or) an Associate Degree or equivalent from an accredited college

Occupation and Job Outlook

Job growth in the health care industry continues to expand to meet the needs of a growing and aging population in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are among the fastest growing occupations in the country through 2020. Job prospects are expected to be excellent and the demand for employees with these skills is projected to grow by 44% through 2020.*

More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide, published by the Employment Development Department.

Work Environment

Sonographers typically work in healthcare facilities that are clean. They usually work at diagnostic imaging machines in darkened rooms, but they also may perform procedures at patients' bedsides. Sonographers may be on their feet for long periods of time and may have to lift or turn disabled patients.

Some sonographers work as contract employees and may travel to several healthcare facilities in an area. Similarly, some sonographers work with mobile imaging service providers and travel to patients and use mobile diagnostic imaging equipment to provide service in areas that otherwise would not have access to such services.

Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week. Some sonographers work overtime. Also, sonographers may have evening and weekend hours when they are on call and must be ready to report to work on short notice.


Newbridge College Santa Ana and Newbridge College Long Beach are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 250,000 students who annually pursue career education at 800 accredited institutions.

Newbridge College is recognized by the State of California Employment Development Department as a registered provider of Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician training in California.

About Newbridge College

Newbridge College is a career college and vocational school based in Southern California providing traditional on-ground and online distance education. At Newbridge College, we are dedicated to helping students succeed by providing training for health care and business careers with a strong outlook for future growth and employment.

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*Growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2020. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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