Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate at South Texas College is an approved program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Guidelines. The program provides educational and clinical experience that result in extensive knowledge in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, use of Doppler imaging, and cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology in the abdomen, pelvis, obstetrics, gynecology, and superficial structures. Throughout the clinical and practicum aspects of the program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced sonographers.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and will be competent to challenge the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) national examination.

  • Delivery: Daytime classes
  • Start: Spring Semester
  • Application Deadline: First Friday in September
  • Location: NAHC


Applications are currently available at:

South Texas College
Nursing & Allied Health Campus, Building B - Office 3-304
1901 S. McColl Road
McAllen, TX 78501

Monday to Friday from 10:30am - 12pm and 1pm - 5pm

The deadline for application submission is September 7, 2018 by 5:00pm.

Advising Sessions

All sessions are held from 1pm to 2pm at NAHC West 3.519 (NAH Campus West Building), 1901 S. McColl, McAllen, TX 78503.

July 27, 2018
August 3, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 17, 2018
August 24,2018
August 31,2018

No Late Entry

No Appointment Necessary

Note:  Please call 956-872-3049 to schedule an appointment if you are not able to attend the dates listed.

Advanced Technical Certificate:

NAH Technical Performance Standards

Application Requirements

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/rad or contact the Radiologic Technology Program at 956-872-3049.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  3. Hold a minimum of an associate degree in a nursing, allied health profession or related field. Degrees that are not in nursing, allied health or a related field will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to application.
  5. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  6. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  7. Submit a completed Program application by the stated deadline.

Students who have met the above requirements may apply submit their application. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Due to program size limitations, meeting application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Program Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is based on a point system score. Selection of students is made one time a year. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on candidate selection process, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049.

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration

Name E-mail Phone Location
Bird, Crystal - Program Chair cbird 956-872-3101 NAHC West 3-303
Cuellar, Linda rcuellar2 956-872-3134 NAHC West 3-311
Anciso, Gloria E. gtrevino_1264 956-872-3197 NAHC West 3-313

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Vacant - Faculty Secretary TBA 956-872-3049 NAHC West 3-304

Work Environment

Sonographers will work in hospital settings and clinic settings.

Salary Data

  • Texas Average Wage: $37.62/hour or $78,250/year (BLS, May 2017)
  • National Average Wage: $35.19/hour or $73,200/year (BLS, May 2017)