A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a person qualified to provide patient imaging using ultrasound technology and equipment under the supervision of a medical doctor to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female and male reproductive systems, and more.
The diagnostic medical sonography program at San Jacinto College:
- Prepares students to work in entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities through hands-on laboratory practice and a variety of clinical rotations;
- Trains students to use high frequency sound waves to produce images used for assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. The program concentrates on imaging the organs of the abdomen, pelvis, superficial structures as well as obstetrics; and
- Grants students eligibility to apply to take exams for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
- Full-time days only (clinical day: 8 AM-5:30 PM; lecture day: 8 AM-4 PM);
- ARDMS SPI pass rate of 92 percent in 2017;
- ARDMS Abdomen pass rate of 100 percent in 2017;
- ARDMS OB/GYN pass rate of 100 percent in 2017;
- Clinical site rotations through 15 facilities (including Pearland, Texas Medical Center, and Galveston);
- Typical school calendar is followed (16-week spring and fall terms; 13-week summer term); and
- Tuition, fees, and books are approximately $2,960/year for in-district students. The first semester is approximately $500 extra for immunizations, uniforms, CPR certification, and online clinical reporting system.
Employment of sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Sonographic technology is expected to evolve rapidly and to spawn many new sonography procedures, such as 3D- and 4D-sonography for use in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer average median salary: $74,044 per year1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017