Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Certificate)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a one-year certificate program that gives you the skills to be a competent entry-level general sonographer. Sonographers, who are also called ultrasound technologists, use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Students who enter the program are often graduates of other allied health programs such as Radiologic Technology, but some enter the program with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisites.

Graduates are qualified to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examination.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.


  • The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a very popular advanced certificate program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and ranked by date of complete application. Review begins every year on February 1 for an August start term. The program duration is one full year from August to August. View the guidelines for admission.
  • All applicants accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiography Programs must be able to meet the program’s technical standards as outlined in the Technical Standards Policy.

This program is offered by the Medical Imaging Department.

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Program Highlights

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

The program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), job growth in this field should be much higher than average over the next 10 years, with 44 percent growth from 2010 to 2020.

Recent employers have included: Albany Medical Center; Berkshire Medical Center; Capital Region OB/GYN; Central Health; Columbia Green Memorial Hospital; Danbury Hospital; Ellis Hospital; Glens Falls Hospital; Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley; Image Care; Memorial Community Hospital; Nathan Littauer Hospital; Oneida Healthcare Center; Rome Hospital; Saint Elizabeth's Hospital; Santa Comprehensive Women's Healthcare; and Saratoga Hospital.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015) noted that median salary for this profession is $68,970.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Margaret Ewart Zapp
Department Chair
Medical Imaging Department
Brahan Hall, Room 026
(518) 629-7123

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309