Program Code: 3306
Department Chair, Allied Health Programs Sharon Whitcraft
Program Director Christina Edward
Faculty Penelope Cobb, C. Edwards
Sonography, better known as diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) at Santa Fe College, is a 5 semester Associate in Science program conducted in cooperation with imaging centers and hospitals in surrounding urban and rural settings. The program correlates classroom theory and laboratory experiences to provide a balance of courses to set the stage for students’ clinical competencies. Students’ clinical competency performance expectations increase with their tenure in the program.
Diagnostic medical sonography is a dynamic entity of the imaging sciences, which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The growth of sonography is projected to continue, which will lead to many employment opportunities nationwide. Salaries are very competitive when compared to other professions requiring similar levels of education. Typically, sonographers are employed in clinics, hospitals, imaging centers and physicians’ offices. Following additional academic preparation, other career opportunities may become available in areas such as education, management, research and technical advisement.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to take the national certification examinations in vascular technology, obstetrics and gynecology, abdomen and breast offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.