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Get the Skills to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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If you’re keen on being a ‘medical detective’ consider training to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at SUI

72 Week Hands-On Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training Program in Sacramento, CA

Program Description

The student receives eight hundred eighty (880) hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and eight hundred (800) hours of clinical education allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use. The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. In addition, the program prepares students to take their ARDMS examinations. Upon completion of the program, a diploma is awarded. Normal completion time for this program is 72 weeks excluding any holiday and vacation times.


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Topics Covered

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics & Instrumentation
  • Foundation of Sonography
  • Abdomen & Small Parts
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Arterial/Vascular Ultrasound

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Job Outlook

According to the 2020 data from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the annual wage mean for Diagnostic medical sonographers or Cardiovascular Technologists in California is $96,780. SUI students upon completion are eligible and ready to take their ARDMS & ARRT exams. The school also secures clinical sites for students. Many SUI alumni work at Sacramento’s best hospitals. And, there is a projected growth of 12 percent from 2019-2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Make a phone call or text at 916-931-3132 and jump-start your career.

ARDMS Eligibility

Certification through ARDMS can be accomplished through multiple pathways.

General Concentration

SUI DMS General concentration program is designed to meet the requirements categorized by ARDMS as “Pre-requisite #2 :

1. Pass the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination upon completion of a general, medical, or sonography physics class. This is typically completed in the student’s third quarter.

2. Graduate from a program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education (USDOE) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography.

3. Pass the applicable specialty examination(s).

a. General concentration graduates: to earn a credential as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) with Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialties, students must pass two specialty examinations in Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN).

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance. For details please call: 916-877-7977

General Information

Program Hours: 1680 Hours
Program Length: 72 Weeks
Credits: 64 Credits
Instruction: Blended
Credential Awarded: Diploma

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Admissions Requirements

  • An Associate’s Degree (any field) or higher in any discipline.
  • Successful completion (defined as receiving a grade of “C” or higher) of college-level coursework in the subjects below. SUI does not accept Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grades in fulfillment of admissions prerequisites. Courses must be a minimum of three semesters or four-quarter credits.
    • General Physics (topics must include sound waves, heat, light, and motion)
    • Communication Skills (Written or Oral Communication, i.e., Speech, English Composition)
    • Mathematics ( Intermediate Algebra or higher-level course, i.e., Calculus, Statistics)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology

Prerequisite and Transfer Course Self Evaluation

To find out if your course meets the program prerequisite or transfer requirements Click here and access our Transfer Credit Articulation Database for more information. Please visit our Admissions page for program start dates and application window and register for a webinar info session to start your enrollment process.

2020 – 2021 Program Performance (ABHES)

  • 20-21 Graduation Rate 91%
  • 20-21 Employment Rate 91%

Student Retention Rates

Reporting Year Total # of Students Admitted Total # of Re-Entry Students Added to Cohort Total # of Students in Cohort [Admits + Re-Entry] Total # of Graduates in Annual Report Year from Cohort Retention Rate
2020 11 0 11 11 100%

Job Placement Rates

Reporting year Total # of Graduates Total # of Graduates Employed Job Placement Rate
2020 11 10 91%

Credential Success Rate

Reporting year Credential Exam Total Graduate Test Takers Earned from ARDMS Credential Success Rate
2020 Abdomen (AB) 10 9 90%
OB/GYN (OB) 3 2 67%

Program Fees

Student Tuition Recovery Fund Up To $120.00
Application Fee (Non-Refundable): $100
Registration Fee (Non-Refundable): $100
Uniforms (Two Sets): $200
Textbooks (Optional): $1,219.00
Laptop (Optional): $750.00
Tuition: $45,360.00