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.

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Note: AAS applications pending approval.

  • Delivery: Daytime classes
  • Start: Spring Semester
  • Applications Available for ATC: May 28, 2019-September 6, 2019 by 5:00p.m. for spring semester.
  • Application Deadline: September 6, 2019 by 5:00p.m.
  • Location: NAH B-3.304

Advising Sessions

Group advising sessions are held on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm at NAHC West Community Room 1.305 (NAH Campus West Building), 1901 S. McColl, McAllen TX 78503

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is currently in the process of obtaining approval to add an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to begin in the Spring of 2020. Students will be advised on the current curriculum proposal; the Program will not be responsible for any degree changes that may occur during the approval process.

The Program will continue to offer the current Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in conjunction with the AAS.

No Late Entry

Advising sessions will be every Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.  Each session is approximately one hour long.

We suggest you arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for parking.

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 Resources

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
Sepulveda,  Cecilia csepul10 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)