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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree Program

San Diego, CA

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), also known as an Ultrasound Technologist, you can work with providers, specialists, and surgeons in all phases of procedures. Sonographers specialize in creating images, sonograms or ultrasounds, of structures inside the body. Doctors use these images to help them diagnose and treat many patient medical conditions.*

Learn to Create Ultrasound Images that Can Save Lives

  • Develop skills for producing ultrasound images to help doctors diagnose conditions, guide surgical teams, and more.
  • Gain hands-on experience in our labs and on clinical rotations.
  • Complete your degree in as few as 20-months of study.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career Overview

Ultrasound imagery (also known as “sonography”) first became part of medical treatment in the 1940s. Today, sonographers play an important role in assessing the health of pregnancies, detecting tumors, and create images of other soft tissues, including the major organs and arteries.

San Diego Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Ultrasound Program Overview

Concorde Career College in San Diego offers an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography that can prepare you for exciting career opportunities in this important field. In as few as 20-months, you can gain the foundation of medical knowledge and practical sonography skills you need to get on the path to a career that makes a difference.

Take the Next Step Now

Excited about a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer? Get in touch with Concorde San Diego today to find out if our associate degree program is right for you.

  1. **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics- healthcare occupational outlook handbook, the national projected job demand between 2022-2032 for diagnostic medical sonographers, Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.




National Employment Demand (2022-2032)


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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The San Diego associate degree program prepares graduates for entry-level sonography roles with the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning skills

San Diego Program Objectives

  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to exercise discretion and judgment in performance of diagnostic sonography
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills
  • Demonstrate professionalism and growth in the profession

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Concentrations

  • Abdominal sonography - Extended
  • Obstetrics and gynecology sonography


Semester Credits

Associate Degree

Earn your degree in as few as 20-months

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Curriculum

You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience to help you pursue a career as a sonographer or ultrasound tech. Your coursework is intense and challenging; and your instructors, program director and campus staff are dedicated to support you along the way.

San Diego Program Coursework

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Communication
  • Sonographic Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Physics & Instrumentation
  • Abdominal Sonography
  • Registry Review
  • Vascular Sonography
  • OB/GYN
  • English Composition
  • College Algebra
  • General Physics

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Blended Learning

Concorde's approach to delivering a hands-on career focused diagnostic medical sonography program leverages a blended learning model.

  1. You will complete some coursework and lab assignments conveniently online.
    • With support from a dedicated online success coach to help you get accustomed to virtual learning.
  2. Additionally you will visit the campus to apply theory to practice in simulation labs.
    • With guidance from instructors with real-world experience you will learn to use the tools and instruments, as well interpret scan results. 
  3. The third element of Concorde's blended learning model is practical hands-on application in a health care setting. - the Clinical Experience.
    • Your clinical experience provides  a variety of cases and medical professional interactions - helping you better prepare for a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician.


Lab Hours

Applied Sonography Learning

Leverage theory and general study curriculum in practice through lab work

  • Anatomy & Physiology Labs
  • Scanning Labs


Clinical Hours

Real-world Sonography Application

Taking what you've learned online and practiced in a professional health care setting working directly with physicians and other care experts

Career Outlook

Sonography is a Career of Possibilities

Diagnostic medical sonographers create ultrasound images, aiding physicians in understanding underlying conditions used in preventing and treating conditions.

  • Taking patient medical histories and providing answers to questions prior to a procedure
  • Calibrating, operating and tracking issues with imaging equipment
  • Reviewing images to ensure quality and coverage are adequate for diagnostic purposes
  • Identifying images which show abnormalities
  • Providing reports for physicians and maintaining patient records


Projected national job demand for sonographers from 2022-2032 

Projected National Medical Sonographer Growth

Job demand for sonographers is projected to grow as more patients seek diagnostic care and preventative medicine.

Address and Hours

San Diego Campus

4393 Imperial Ave.
San Diego, California 92113

PH: (619) 908-1963
FX: (619) 220-4177

Campus Hours of Operation

Monday8 am - 7 pm
Tuesday8 am - 7 pm
Wednesday8 am - 7 pm
Thursday8 am - 7 pm
Friday8 am - 5 pm
SaturdayBy Appointment

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.


Accreditation and licensure are an important part of an academic institution’s operation. Visit our Accreditations and Licensure page for more details about our accreditations and licensure.

  1. Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

  2. Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.

  3. Financial aid is available to those who qualify but may not be available for all programs. Concorde does not guarantee financial aid or scholarship awards or amounts.

  4. Clinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes.

  5. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.