Program Details

Program Award Summary
Program Award Approx. Cost
Approx. Length
RDMS Eligible
Nat'l Registry Recommended
4 semesters
plus 1 summer
1 intersession
Gen. Ed.
prior to entry

required for
Al H A010, Al H A111,
Bio A221, Rad Tech A100
DMS A110, Math 30-College Algebra

Recommended preparation:
Coun A105
Catalog Description of the Program 
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a technique using high frequency sound waves to create images of specific areas of the body from which pathology may be diagnosed.  A competent sonographer must have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, cross sectional anatomy, and pathology, as well as the skills to manipulate a wide variety of sophisticated instruments.  

     This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). 

Description of job for which program prepares students

Works as a diagnostic medical sonographer in the areas of the abdomen, superficial structures, obstetrics and gynecology.  Students are given an introduction to vascular ultrasound.

Required program prerequisites

  • Allied Health A010: Health Occupations (on OCC Campus only)
  • Allied Health A111: Medical Terminology
  • Biology A221: Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • DMS A110: Introduction to Sonography (on OCC Campus only)
  • Radiology Technology A100:  Radiologic Physics (on OCC Campus only)
  • Math 30 - College Algebra 
 *General Education Requirements (#3 and 4a-d in the College Catalog) for the Associateof Science degree, approximately 18 units

Recommended program preparation

  • Counseling A105:  Strategies for College Success

Associate in Science Degree

This is an Associate of Science degree program.

Does this program transfer?

You will need to consult a transfer counselor in Watson Hall to verify the transfer status pertaining to your particular situation.

Procedure for program admittance

All students must complete the course Allied Health A010 – Health Occupations in order to apply to the program.  Students are selected and admitted to the program on a first come, first serve basis following completion of Allied Health A010. Students must be admitted to the program in order to enroll in any DMS class.

Program start

The program starts in the fall semester every year. All classes must be taken in sequence as listed in the college catalog.

Employment possibilities upon program completion

Hospitals, clinics, private physician’s offices and commercial companies.


Approximately $50-$65/hour, depending upon position, employer and location.

Courses within the program which students can take while seeking admission to the program (subject to catalog restriction)

Allied Health A120: Human Diseases

Length of program

Four (4) semesters, one (1) summer session, and one (1) intersession following entry into the program.

Spaces available

Maximum of 24 depending on number of qualified contracted clinical facility spaces available.

Background checks

All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background checks, drug screen, and LIVESCAN (fingerprint).   The background check will include County Criminal Records (Past 7 Years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. The drug screening will include THC, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methaqualone, propoxyphene and methadone. If requested by the clinical site, the results of the background/drug checks must be provided to them by the student.

Clinical requirements

The program requires that students participate in scheduled course clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses. Clinical assignments provide students with hands-on application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory courses at OCC contracted hospitals, medical centers, and/or outpatient facilities.  It is the responsibility of each student to provide his or her own transportation to assigned clinical sites.
Just prior to entry into clinical, students are required to complete/obtain:
  • A physical examination
  • Criminal background/drug screen check clearance
  • CPR, HIPAA training, Blood borne pathogen training provided through ALH A115
  • Student liability insurance
Students must adhere to appropriate required dress code which may include a laboratory coat, other program specific requirements.
Clinical sites may require drug testing or other blood work.  There may be exposure to hazardous materials and infectious pathogens in the clinical setting.  Students will adhere to all safety and standard precautionary measures.  The student receives no financial compensation for clinical experience, but does receive course units as a required class in the program.

Employment Prospects

The need for qualified sonographers remains throughout the nation.

Accreditation of Program

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP). 



Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer credential test with ARDMS: Credential Requirements


Program Outcomes

"To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdominal sonography-extended concentration."

"To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the obstetrics and gynecology concentration."



Registered radiologic technologists and other allied health practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Cindi Reber-Bonhall
Program Coordinator
Office: Al H Sc 208 D
(714) 432-5893
Tom Choe
Allied Health Counselor 
Office: CS&D, Room 101C 
The Allied Health counselor only sees allied health students in the spring and fall terms. 

Make a Counseling Appointment online
Alexia Wood
Allied Health Program Assistant
(714) 432-5729