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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Program

DMS on Hiatus for 2020-2021

It is with sincere regret that I share with you that the DMS program at Foothill College will remain on hiatus for another academic year and will not be admitting a new cohort during the 2020-21 academic year.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, on campus instruction is minimal and primarily limited to a small group of continuing students. We also continue to experience significant challenges in staffing the program.

At this time, we do not have any information about the application status for the 2021-22 academic year.

Ram Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Dean of STEM

Stay Informed

If you would like an update on the status of the Fall 2021 application when we know more, please email Ram Subramaniam at

Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Career

Diagnostic Medical Sonograph is one of the most dynamic and fascinating careers available in medical imaging.

  • The sonographer enjoys working with highly technical equipment using high frequency sound waves to view the human body and assist the physician in diagnosis.
  • The Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) is qualified by professional credentialing, academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using high frequency sound waves and related diagnostic procedures.

Characteristics for a Successful Sonographer

The sonographer must maintain a high standard of medical ethics along with requisite emotional maturity.

  • He/she is self directed, highly motivated to increase the level of understanding and knowledge of the field including pathophysiology, disease, and new procedures as they evolve.
  • Additionally, the sonographer must possess excellent communication skills, exercise good judgment, work well with other team members, and can work autonomously.
  • The successful sonographer has the ability to conceptualize in 3-dimensional form, with excellent psychomotor skills, employs intellectual curiosity, uses accurate analytical capabilities, and dedicated to the care of patients.
  • He/she is the health care professional responsible for the acquisition of information to aid with patient diagnosis.

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our diagnostic medical sonography programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Certificate of Achievement

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has been in operation since 1984.  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).  The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North,
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
phone: 727-210-2350
fax: 727-210-2354

Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard
Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
phone: 443-973-3251
fax: 866-738-3444

A diagnostic medical sonography career is for you if you are a health care professional who cares about people and who also enjoys working with highly technical equipment. If this describes you then join us and become a valuable member of the health care professional team known as the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. 

Application Process

DMS Quick View
Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
Degree/Cert: AS/Yes
Length: 18 months
Start/End: Sept/March
Number Accepted: 15–20
Application Due for 2021-2022: TBD
Prerequisites: Yes — See application.
Approx. Cost of Program: $4,500
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: No
Estimated Annual Salary: $65,000-$90,000



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