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“I wish to thank the Sonography Program at DACC for helping me acquire the skills and the credentials which were necessary to meet many of my personal goals. Las Cruces is fortunate to have such a great program.”

—Lydia Tamez

Associate of Applied Science  •  Certificate of Completion

What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create and analyze images of anatomical structures inside the body utilizing high-frequency sound waves. These images are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

Job Opportunities and Salary Range

Local job opportunities may be limited, but the employment outlook nationwide for sonographers remains favorable. Depending on the region of the country and type of employer, earnings can range from $22 to $45 per hour, with the median annual salary standing at $67,530, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2014.

Program Accreditation and Certification

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs since 2005. Graduates of CAAHEP programs are immediately qualified to take national certification examinations.

Special Admissions Criteria and Required College Prerequisites

The program is approximately 21 months in length and is designed to provide students with the academic coursework and clinical internship experience necessary to apply for national certification examinations in the specialty areas of Abdominal and OB/Gyn Sonography.

There are 2 pathways to qualify for this program; depending on your educational background:

  • Certificate Program pathway is for those applicants who have either a 2-year allied health degree (such as radiologic technology) OR a bachelor’s degree in a medically-related science (see prerequisite and admission requirements for specific content).
    Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend these programs can be found by clicking the Gainful Employment Disclosure linkGainful Employment Disclosure


  • Associate of Applied Science pathway is for those applicants whose background does not qualify them for the certificate track. This requires students to complete pre-requisite courses (see prerequisite and admission requirements for specific content).

The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the program and the student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses and overall college GPA. This program is a full time program and all sonography core courses relate to each other and are only offered once during the program and therefore cannot be taken out of sequence. Students must maintain a grade of “C” in all sonography core coursework and clinical internships to remain in the program. Completion of the entire program is required for a student to be eligible to apply for the national registry examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

All students will be required to have personal health insurance to attend clinicals.

For additional information, contact the program office at (575) 528-7047.