Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

Diagnostic Medical Sonography involves the use of high frequency sound waves to provide anatomical and pathological images for interpretation by a physician. Among a sonographer’s duties are obtaining and reviewing a patient’s medical history and clinical data, recording and processing sonographic images, providing patient education related to medical ultrasound and promoting the principles of good health. A Sonographer works in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, offices, clinics. As such, a Sonographer, is responsible for appropriate and quality patient care. At all times, a Sonographer displays and maintains all work ethics in accordance with the standards as established by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Program Goal: 

To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Degrees and Certificates

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S. 

What will I learn?

The use of high frequency sound waves to provide anatomical and pathological images for interpretation by a physician. 

What can I do with this course of study?

Upon completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-Sonography ARRT(S) exam, to become a Registered Technologist - Sonography, RT(S).

What's special about the program?

This program’s emphasis is on the general concentration, including abdominal, Obstetrical and Gynecological sonography. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-Sonography.

Program Accreditation, Registry and Information


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited through The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 


Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree and may apply to take the registry examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (Sonography) to become Registered Technologist - Sonography using the credential, RT (S).

Program Outcomes: (2015-2018)

  • Graduation Rate:  78%
  • Licensure Pass Rate:  98%
  • Job Placement Rate:  95%

THECB Statutory Requirement



Full-time Faculty

Barbara A. Travis, Program Director / Instructor
University of New Mexico, BSRS

Debbie Ortiz, Clinical Coordinator / Instructor
Wayland Baptist University, M.Ed

Yvette Senovsky, Instructor
Charles University of Prague, MD



Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has

  1. Read the web page 
  2. Obtained all necessary documents 
  3. Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

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Prerequisite Requirements:

All applicants must complete college course requirements PRIOR to submitting applications. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or greater. All remedial courses must be completed prior to applying to the program. All applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher to be eligible for consideration. All Pre-requisites must be accomplished with a 2.0 or better and must have been accomplished within the past 5 years.

These courses are: 
    College Algebra  (MATH 1314) 
    Introductory Physics (PHYS 1305)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2404) 

Effective Fall 2013, and based on new federal regulations, students are not allowed to repeat previously passed courses more than once.” It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire how a repeat course may impact their financial aid or veteran’s assistance.


Application and Selection Process

Application Process:


  1. Review all items on the website to assure complete understanding of all requirements, as well as providing all required forms.
  2. Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application form and complete.
  3. Download the Health Science Application Checklist.
  4. Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application checklist.
  5. Download the Volunteer hours documentation form.
  6. Obtain OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL educational institutions to include St. Philip's College and/or other Alamo Colleges. These transcripts must validate that the overall GPA is a 2.8 or higher and pre-requisites courses a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

Applications accepted March 1st - June 1st. 

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Selection Process:

The competitive application and acceptance process is based on a weighted point system, in accordance with the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet.   

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Barbara Travis, BSRS, RDMS (AB, OB/GYN)
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130P