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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Advanced Certificate)

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Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiac Specialization

Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, General/OB Specialization

Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Specialization

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The Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides graduates of comprehensive diploma programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography the opportunity to become eligible for additional specialty disciplines in General, Cardiac, or Vascular Sonography. 

Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities

All students who successfully complete this accredited program will be eligible to write the Sonography Canada National Certification Exams for their chosen specialty. 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. 

Sonographers with multiple specialty certifications qualify for the widest range of future employment opportunities and can pursue advanced practice roles through continuing professional development. Other professional opportunities for the certified sonographer could include administration, management, leadership, teaching, vendor sales, information technology, and research.


One of:

  • Proof of a diploma or bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Proof of Certification with Sonography Canada

And one of:

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the professional attributes of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as reflected in professional, provincial, and federal policy, legislation, and regulations related to a chosen speciality.
  • Produce optimal quality diagnostic images and reports by applying their knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, professionalism, communication, and scientific principles related to a chosen speciality.
  • Manage patient and client interactions proficiently with cultural humility, utilizing best practices in a competent, safe, and responsible manner observing legal and ethical workplace standards related to a chosen speciality.
  • Practice appropriate, accurate, effective communication with members of the public and all members of the health care team within their role and scope as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a chosen speciality.
  • Meet all Sonography Canada entry-to-practice capabilities in a chosen specialty for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.



* General/OB Specialization

** Cardiac Specialization

*** Vascular Specialization

Program Participation Requirements

  • Students must accept assigned clinical site placements, subject to availability and capacity.
  • Students must have yearly respirator mask ‘fit-testing’ done. Students will be responsible for completing this process prior to the first clinical experience and for any associated costs.
  • Students must have completed and be current in Standard First Aid and BLS (Basic Life Support) prior to practicum.  Annual recertification of BLS must be maintained throughout the program. Students will be responsible for the cost of this certification.
  • Students must provide evidence that they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before practicum start. Students are responsible for the cost of testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
  • Students must provide evidence of their immunizations or immunity to preventable, communicable diseases.  Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the College barring the individual from the clinical/practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the clinical/practicum placement and/or a clinical/community rotation.
  • Students must provide their own transportation, meals, and accommodations while completing their clinical placement(s).

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