Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Program

The four-semester Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program begins each fall semester. This is a full-time day time program.

AWARD TYPES: Advanced Technical Certificate

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Health Sciences

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence


The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes



Provide basic patient care and practices in general diagnostic medical sonography, including employ professional judgment, ethics and communication skill.


Recognize sonographic appearance and/or Doppler patterns of normal structures, disease processes, and pathologies.


Apply acoustic physics and Doppler ultrasound principles to operate the ultrasound machine.


Perform sonographic examinations according to protocols.

Program Information

A Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer receives specialized training to work with high-frequency sound waves that produce images of soft-tissue structures within the body. The individual provides patient service in a variety of medical settings in which a physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of sonographic procedures.

By assisting physicians in gathering sonographic data, the sonographer is able to obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate diagnostic results.

A sonographer also performs appropriate procedures to record anatomical, pathological and physiologic data.

A graduate of the program is prepared to work in the area of general (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas) diagnostic medical sonography. Employment may be found in hospitals, clinics, and private offices.  In 2008, the average starting salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer was $43,600 according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). With experience a sonographer may advance into the areas of education, management, research and/or marketing.


ARDMS rules

ARDMS rules indicate that ARDMS may take action against an applicant, candidate or registrant in the case of conviction, plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere to any crime. If you are presently charged with, or been convicted or found guilty of or plead nolo contendere to any crime (felony and/or misdemeanor), other than a speeding or parking violation, you may have questions concerning this rule and may wish to obtain clarification as to how it pertains to your circumstances. ARDMS conducts a "pre-application review," for a $125 non-refundable fee, for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. The pre-application review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied for examination and are contemplating employment in the field of sonography and/or enrollment in a sonography program. Go online at www.ardms.org for details on the pre-application review process.



The Diagostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by theThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

2017 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by the calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2015 Pass Rate (# Passed)2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Results

Diagnostic Medical Sonography ATC

Abdomen Certification





95% (19)

Exceeds Standard

OB/GYN Certification





94% (15)

Exceeds Standards, Improved


Class of 2017
Graduated in December
Report ran on on 11-26-18
Accepted 26 students Graduated 21 students

81% Completion Rate

19% Attrition Rate

21 students graduated 20 students earned the ARDMS certification awards (The students must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and a specialty examination to be considered ARDMS) 95% Credential Success Rate
Exam Report

(# Passed exam/#Attempted)

95% Abdominal (19/20)

88% Obstetrics & Gynecology (15/17)

95% Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (20/21)

Global Pass Rate




Employment Report

21 students graduated

12 are employed 57% Employment Rate




There are 1,121 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 23.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 90 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $33.00 hourly, $69,000 annuall



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Elizabeth Ho

Diagnostic Medical Sonography