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-four (24) months

Possible Careers

Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2025 Jun 3, 2024 Oct 15, 2024 Jan 10, 2025

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
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

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Tuition & Fees $32,966 $31,038 $5,822
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$3,350 $700 0

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $15,780 $3,945
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $25,200 $6,300
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $26,400 $6,600
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $9,600 $2,400
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $25,200 $6,300
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $4,200 $1,050
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $4,200 $1,050
    Federal Student Loan Fees $79 $79 $26
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 $525
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.