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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Diploma

Become an in-demand medical imaging professional. Get the skills you'll need to begin a challenging and rewarding career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.

Program at a glance

Credential

Diploma

Area of Study

Health Sciences

Study options

Full-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

No

Length

2 years

At a glance image

A sonography practices taking a scan on a patient

Vital part of healthcare

Start in May!

This comprehensive program will prepare you for an essential role in the healthcare team by producing ultrasound scans used to diagnose, treat, and monitor a variety of medical conditions. Explore core sonographic competencies and one of three specialty disciplines, General, Cardiac, or Vascular.

In demand profession

Certified ultrasound technologists are one of the most in-demand and sought-after diagnostic imaging health professionals. Due to expanding services, rapidly emerging technologies, and increasing patient populations sonographers command top salaries and often find permanent employment opportunities immediately after graduation.

Are you a future Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers and echocardiographers image vital organs, beating hearts, and babies in the womb to provide physicians with technical impressions of findings used for diagnosing, treating, and monitoring a variety of medical conditions.

To succeed in this demanding program and career, you should have strong academic skills, good organizational practices and a sense of social responsibility and caring. You'll be working in a team environment, using your ability to think critically and problem solve while expressing a real desire to serve the public.

You should be an independent learner with the ability to integrate and apply information. Computer literacy is essential since many courses will be taught online.

SONO Online Info Session Slides (PPT)

Applicants for the SONO program must review the Info Session slides or attend an information session prior to completing the SONO Info Session Survey to qualify for program entry. 

HHS Student Handbook 

Current information for School of Health and Human Services students and SONO Program specific handbook

Indigenous Priority Seating

Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions 

The School of Health & Human Services (HHS) offers Priority Seating for Indigenous students in all Health related programs.

Visit Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen - Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) for information on how to apply.  

Any questions about the application process, please contact hhsindigenoussupport@camosun.ca

The Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process, approved by the Board of Governors, supported by the Education Council, and approved by the BC Human Rights Tribunal, welcomes applications from all qualified Indigenous applicants.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

Medical Sonographers in the making 

You'll learn a wide variety of practical and patient care skills. Our program is hands-on, with clinical placements throughout your time at Camosun. You'll learn about the science of ultrasound, anatomy and physiology, your role within the medical profession and how to treat patients ethically and with compassion. Located at our Interurban campus, you'll learn how to perform a comprehensive range of entry-to-practice general, obstetrical, cardiac, and vascular ultrasound scans while building theoretical knowledge for advanced and interventional sonography practice.

Diploma program

You'll experience a variety of approaches to educational delivery including traditional face-to-face classroom instruction, practical simulation labs, courses combining face-to-face instruction with distributed education (online learning) support, exclusively online courses, seminars, and supervised clinical practice.

Graduates who pass their National Certification exams are qualified to work all across Canada providing competent, compassionate, culturally appropriate sonography care and service with the highest level of professionalism in both public and private diagnostic imaging facilities.

Career / Academic Advancement Opportunities 

After successfully completing your program and the Sonography Canada Canadian Clinical Skills Assessments, you’ll be eligible to write the Sonography Canada National Certification Exams for your chosen specialty.

Sonography Canada requires that students have met exam eligibility requirements from an accredited institution. Camosun College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program and Advanced Certificate Program are currently in progress with Accreditation Canada and expect to achieve fully accredited status prior to May of 2023. If you have questions regarding accreditation and exam eligibility, do not hesitate to contact us at hhsinfo@camosun.bc.ca. Sonography Canada’s accreditation and exam eligibility requirements can be found here

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Diploma

$38,476* (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Apply between May 2 and August 19, 2022.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.  

  • Official documentation of all completed or in-progress academic and non-academic admission requirements must be received by 4pm on Sept 16, 2022.  
  • Official documentation of any 'in progress' academic admission requirements must be received by the final document submission deadline: Jan 13, 2023.
  • All academic requirements must be from the last 5 years

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of: *

One of: *

One of: *

One of: *

  • B in Biology 12
  • B in BIOL 143 or BIOL 150 
  • B in BIOL 152 and BIOL 153 
  • B in PNUR 101 
  • B in Biology 12 Camosun Alternative 

One of:

  • B in Medical Terminology MOA 155 
  • Completion of a Medical Terminology course consisting of a minimum of 60 hours with a letter grade of B or higher

And all of:

  • Completed Physical Requirements Online Form
  • Attendance at a program Information Session and completion of online questionnaire.  An online option of the Information Session is available for anyone unable to attend in person
  • 40 hours of volunteer work in a patient-related environment
  • After the document submission deadline, all qualified applicants receive registration and scheduling instructions for their non-academic assessment.  Students may take the assessment one time per application cycle and must do so within the prescribed timeframe indicated by the program.  Students applying to other Allied Health & Technologies programs at Camosun College need only take the assessment once per application cycle.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

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If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your Health and Human Services classes contact hhsinfo@camosun.ca

Faculty/staff profile

Brent Mekelburg

Dr. Brent Mekelburg

Chair, Allied Health and Technologies (AHT)

Born in Winnipeg, Dr. Mekelburg grew up playing hockey on outdoor rinks. Hockey played a formative role in his character development as well as his ca ...

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Matthew Barbas

Matthew Barbas

Instructor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO)

Matthew joined Camosun College in 2019 to develop and teach courses in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. He instructs students in cardiac son ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Dustin Pendergast

Dustin Pendergast

Program Leader, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO)

Dustin joined Camosun College in 2019 to develop and teach the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. He instructs students in ultrasound procedures, ...

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Jana Suraci

Jana Suraci

Instructor Instructor, Allied Health and Technologies (AHT)

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Bridget Mavety

Instructor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO)

Bridget joined Camosun College in 2020 to teach the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Originally from Ontario, she earned a Bachelor of Medicatio ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Lynelle Yutani

Lynelle Yutani

Instructor, Allied Health and Technologies (AHT)

Lynelle Yutani has resided in Victoria, BC as an uninvited visitor to the communities of southern Vancouver Island that are the Traditional Territorie ...

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Alex & Jo Campbell  Centre for Health & Wellness

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For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Health and Human Services

Campus location

Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) 207

Location link

Interurban campus

250–370–4072

hhsinfo@camosun.ca

 

If you have questions about admissions please contact Admissions.