Program Details - Sonography Training Program

Goals & Objectives

The following objectives shall be met upon graduation:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and Pathophysiology
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of related imaging, laboratory and testing procedures as they contribute to the clinical evaluation of disease and pathology.
  • Identify sonographic representation of normal and abnormal anatomy.
  • Apply optimal scanning techniques and imaging for specific areas of interest.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of permanent image record processing methods, image processing and storage, billing, and hospital computer.
  • Complete all clinical exam and equipment competencies.
  • Anticipate and provide basic patient care.
  • Maintain patient privacy according to the HIPPA and affiliate guidelines.
  • Knowledge of hospital codes, emergency numbers, fire safety and be prepared for any hospital or natural disaster.
  • Integrate patient history and physical findings to determine appropriate area(s) of interest for obtaining diagnostic examinations and demonstrate proficiency in clinical scanning in all areas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ultrasound instrumentation
  • Demonstrate understanding of acoustical physics, Doppler principles and medical ultrasound principles and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interactions between ultrasound and tissue.
  • Demonstrate knowledge related to biological effects.
  • Exercise professional judgment and discretion in obtaining diagnostic information and correlating findings with supervising physicians.
  • Exercise professional judgment and discretion in communication with patients, co-workers and the public concerning Sonography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, which contributes to the development of diagnostic medical Sonography.

Knowledge of professional organizations, continuing medical education credits, and proper ergonomics

Student Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive on time and attend all scheduled classes and clinical rotations unless the absence is approved in advance.
  • Students must conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
  • Students must adhere to all policies regarding the program and all policies required by each hospital clinical affiliate.
  • Students must maintain a “C” average at all times throughout the program.


  • Mary O’Boyle, MD
    Medical Director
  • Nannette Forsythe, BA, RDMS, RVT
    Program Director

Financial Information

The annual tuition for the program is $13,000. Textbooks cost approximately $800. In addition, Students are required to purchase a professional medical liability insurance policy at a cost of $25. Upon acceptance into the program students are required to have a background check at a cost of $45 and a drug screen at a cost of $45. These screens can be done through UCSD Health System or from another source as long as they meet the guidelines of the program. The results of the background check and the drug screen will be kept in the student's file and the student can review them at any time. A positive result for either will result in withdrawal of the students’ acceptance into the program.

Students are responsible for the ARDMS certification examination fees, all living expenses, and parking fees. No financial aid is available through the University or Health System. All funding must be obtained through other sources.


Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program receive a certificate from UCSD Health System. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics & gynecology and physics examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).