Program Description

A sonographer is a highly skilled professional who uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of the human body.  Students completing the Bachelor of Sciences in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may choose between two emphases:  General & Vascular or Cardiac.
Students completing either program will join the ranks of distinguished alumni who have graduated from Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions. 
National Credential & Program Accreditation
The LLU Sonography bachelor programs, you may sit for the national boards prior to graduation or after. This LLU program has been fully accredited since October 1985 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.

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Program Length

Twenty-seven (27) months

Possible Careers

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Summer of 2024 Jun 1, 2023 Oct 15, 2023 Jan 10, 2024

Admissions Requirements

  • Previously completed courses that will complete the domain requirements of this bachelor’s degree
  • GPA of 3.0 or better (a higher GPA is more competitive)
  • Eight (8) hours of observation in Medical Sonography (preferably at LLUMC) is required prior to interview.
  • Attend a program information session before the interview
  • Interview

Domain Requirements
Applicants must complete the following subjects at an accredited college or university prior to entering the program. The requirements for meeting these courses may have already been met by completing a prior degree, prior courses, and JRCDMS required courses.

Humanities(Minimum 20 quarter/14 semester units min.)
Choose a minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/history. Included in this minimum must be 4 quarter units of religion per year of attendance at an SDA college/university.
Natural Sciences (Minimum of 12 quarter/8 semesterunits. Must be completed within the past 5 years.)
Please note that the required JRCDMS courses of General/Intro to Physics (no lab required), Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence), and College Algebra meet this requirement.
Social Sciences (12 quarter/8 semester units min.)
Choose two areas from the categories of Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Development, Anthropology, Economics, Geography.
Communication (Minimum of 9 quarter/6 semester units)
Freshman Composition, complete sequence (required), Oral Communication
Health and Wellness (minimum of 3 quarter/2 semester units)
Must include Physical Education (2 activity courses), and Personal Health or Nutrition
Electives (to meet minimum total of 105 quarter/70 semester units)

Please Note: “C minus” grades are not transferable for credit

*All students are required to take and pass the ARDMS SPI exam before completion of the program.


The prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography include completing JRCDMS prerequisites and fulfilling the domain requirements for a Bachelor’s degree:

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The University's medical sonography curricula in both general sonography and echocardiography have been accredited since 1983 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $29,600 $22,275 $6,075
Fees $4,120 $4,120 $1,030
Books & Supplies $1,333 $1,333 $334
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $23,040 $23,040 $5,760
Total $58,093 $50,768 $13,199


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 12 12 3
Food and Housing $3,600 $3,600 $900
Miscellaneous Personal Costs


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.