Build Your Future as a Diagnostic Sonographer
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program prepares students for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examination and for employment in a hospital or clinical setting. Students receive practical training in general sonography (or ultrasound) for use on superficial structures, the abdomen, and pelvis, and in obstetrics.
The Cypress College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Cypress’ Diagnostic Medical Sonography program boasts a pass rate that is regularly 100 percent on the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examination and a post-graduation employment rate of 100 percent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science Degree
Once accepted to the program, it takes 21 months. It is highly recommended that students attend a workshop for more detailed information. The Health Science Workshop Schedule and Reservations link is at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cypress-college-health-science-division-1128417011
The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. The unit cost for the certificate and associate degree will vary depending upon the number of prerequisites needed. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.
Diagnostic Sonographer. Average $55,000 to $90,000 per year.
Graduates are qualified to work in any hospital or clinic.
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science Degree = 78 units (2 years)
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate = 32 units (2 semesters) This program length is after students are admitted into the program, and does not include general education and program prerequisites.
This program requires prerequisites and an application. Here is a link to the program brochure: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/health-science/DMSBrochure2017.pdf.
These courses must be taken before you can apply to the program:
- Radiologic Physics (or a general physics course)
- Patient Care
- Medical Terminology
- Survey of Disease (pathophysiology)
- Anatomy and Physiology
- English or Speech
- Intermediate Algebra (Math 40 or higher)
- Medical Sonography Theory
- DMS 60 Medical Sonography Theory—for accepted students only. This last prerequisite course is taken in the summer before the August start date.
- Cross Sectional Imaging*
*These courses may be taken before or during the program.
Below is additional information that will be useful in deciding if this program is right for you.
- When is the application deadline?
Applications are taken in the month of February for an August start date. Prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application; however, these courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better by the end of the semester in May. These in-progress courses will not be calculated in the GPA for ranking. However, if you do not make it into the program this year, then those courses will be calculated for the GPA the following year.
- Is there a wait list?
No. Cypress College does not have a wait list. If you do not make it into the program the year you applied, then you would have to reapply.
- Can I take courses at another college?
Yes, the prerequisites may be taken at another college, except for the DMS 60 Medical Sonography Theory. Speak to a Health Science counselor to make sure those courses will transfer to Cypress College and meet our requirements.Information workshops are available for potential students. These are given by our Health Science counselor about four times a semester in the evenings. To obtain information on this schedule contact the Health Science Counselor Administrative Assistant at (714) 484-7270.
- How many students do you take?
We accept as many students as we have clinical training sites. Usually this is between 19-20 students each year.
- How are students accepted into the DMS program?
The applicants with the highest GPA in the required prerequisite courses will be higher on the acceptance list. Applicants who have a radiology license will receive more points if they submit a copy of their radiology licenses and have proof of years of experience.
- Will I be provided a training site?
Yes, the college is responsible for assigning the student to an accredited hospital for training.
- What is the schedule like? Can I train in ultrasound part-time?
This program is not 40 hours per week, but it is also not part time. Clinical training is Monday through Thursday, between 24-32 hours per week. Didactic courses are on Friday.
- Are there any night courses I have to take?
There are two courses that the student may take during the program, Cross Sectional Imaging and Ethics. These courses are on Tuesday evenings. They are scheduled back-to-back. Cross-sectional Imaging is the first seven weeks and Ethics the second nine weeks. Again, these two courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the program. However, they will not be calculated in the GPA for application.
- What clinical sites do you have?
Our clinical and hospital affiliates are spread over the entire Los Angeles/Orange County region.
- What is the area of training?
Cypress Colleges provides general sonography training. This includes abdomen, small parts, and OB/GYN exams. Vascular training or Echocardiography are not included in this program.