Mission Statement

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program mission is consistent with the mission and goals of Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is committed to providing students with academic excellence. The administration and faculty are dedicated to providing the highest quality education through didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction with emphasis on the psychomotor, affective and cognitive learning domains. The program is committed to preparing students to take the responsibilities as sonographers, who will provide quality patient care, contribute to their profession and dedicate themselves, as professionals, to life-long learning. These are the foundation of the sonography profession and the program is committed to the education of our students and sonographers in the community.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is committed to the principle that individuals should have the opportunity to develop themselves through education in conjunction with their capabilities and individual interests. The program strives to provide educational experiences through didactic, laboratory, and clinical settings, which meet our students’ diversified learning styles, needs, and goals.

Sonography Program (Cardiac Concentration) Program Learning Outcomes

The successful Sonography Program (Cardiac Concentration) graduate:

  • Will follow legal and ethical guidelines for the practice of Sonography
  • Can create effective written communications to improve communication with patients and colleagues
  • Can function as professionals when interacting with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from their own in the practice of Sonography
  • Can interact effectively with colleagues and patients
  • Can analyze problems and issues in the practice of Sonography and reach well-reasoned conclusions
  • Can apply quantitative reasoning to their practice of Sonography
  • Can identify references and synthesize what is found to analyze issues or respond to questions in Sonography
  • Can explain the scientific concepts and theories that form the basis for Sonography
  • Can use the equipment necessary for the practice of Sonography

  • Program Description

    The Sonography Program- Cardiac concentration is an 18-month(6 quarter) program providing didactic and clinical education in Echocardiography including but not limited to adult transthoracic, transesophageal, stress echocardiography specialty areas. The program is a Cardiac concentration curriculum with an introduction to basic vascular sonography. Clinical education occurs at partnering medical centers and medical offices throughout Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance.

    Upon completion of the program, eligible graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) national registry examinations in adult Echocardiography (RDCS) and for the Cardiovascular Credential (CCI) national Registry exam in Non Invasive Registry (RCS).


    Sonographer Duties

    Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, also known as Sonographers or Vascular Sonographers or Echocardiographers use high-frequency sound waves to image organs, masses, motion of blood and heart, and fluid accumulations within the body. An ultrasound image results from the reflection of the sound waves by the body. The images/Video clips are viewed on a computer screen and are recorded on various digital formats and are used in interpretation and diagnosis by a Radiologists, Vascular surgeons and/or Cardiologists. The technology is advancing rapidly which requires sonographers to be flexible, adaptable team players who are committed lifelong learners. Sonographers assist physicians in the diagnosis.

    Program Faculty

    Program Director/Clinical Coordinator
    Narayana Prasad, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RCS, RVS, RCCS, FASE

    Co-Program Director
    Debra Crandell, BS, RDMS

    Educator / Clinical Coordinator
    Helen Hsu, BA, RDMS, RVT

    Educator / Clinical Coordinator
    Dorsey Ballow, MEd, RDCS, RDMS

    Prerequisite Requirements

    All prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to submitting an application to the program.

    Applicants must be graduates of an accredited 18-24 month Allied Health program with current certification/registration in their health specialties. Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to: Radiologic Technology, Medical Technology, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy.

    - OR -

    Applicants must have a minimum 60 semester or 90 quarter college credits (or an Associate's degree) with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

    All applicants must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better. Courses must be college level and a minimum of 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with a lab (college level)
    • College Algebra
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • General Physics
    • Medical Terminology
    • Introduction to Computers
    • Ethics

    Note: All foreign diplomas and transcripts must include a notarized translation in English and must be evaluated by a foreign transcript agency prior to submission.

    Physical Requirements

    You must be physically able to:

    • Stand/walk up to 8 hours during an 8-hour shift
    • Lift/move a maximum of a 290-pound patient in a 2-person/3-person transfer
    • Must be able to operate and manipulate all sonography equipment
    • Reach forward 18 inches holding an object up to 15 pounds
    • Bend, crouch, or stoop 20 times per hour
    • Push a patient in a wheelchair or gurney 300 feet or further, as required by structural design of the building
    • Move loads of up to 45 pounds 25 times per hour
    • Adequately differentiate sonographic images with subtle gray-scale and color distinctions
    • Adequately distinguish audible sounds in a Doppler signal

    Graduation Requirements

    To graduate with a certificate of completion from any of the KPSAHS programs, students are required to successfully complete all didactic and clinical education courses and hours. In addition, all financial obligations to the program must be fulfilled.

    Programmatic Accreditation

    The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).


    Tuition is $2,530.00 per quarter or $15,180.00 for the entire program (for students beginning in 2013 - does not apply to currently enrolled students). Students must also purchase the required books and uniforms. The cost of textbooks, clinical education materials and lab and registration fees is approximately $1,200.00.

    Please Note: The information provided in this website is subject to change without notice.

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    Related Links

    American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

    Society for Vascular Ultrasound

    American Society of Echocardiography

    Cardiovascular Credentialing International