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At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 16 months.

  • Hands-on training in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • Offered at our Bakersfield, CA campus

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now!

About the Program

What Will I Learn?

Ultrasound Techs use special imaging equipment to create images of internal organs. At our ultrasound technician school in California, our Diagnostic Medical Sonography students learn:

  • Fundamentals and professional aspects of sonography
  • Principles and instrumentation of ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound imaging
  • Obstetrics, gynecology and vascular imaging


On the job, sonographers and ultrasound technicians can expect to:

  • Prepare patients for procedures by taking a patient’s history and answering any questions about the procedure
  • Prepare and maintain imaging equipment
  • Operate equipment to get diagnostic images of areas in the patient’s body
  • Analyze images to provide preliminary findings for physicians
  • Record findings and keep track of patients’ records

Career Opportunities

Employers are looking for graduates who are prepared to work as an Ultrasound Technician or entry-level Sonographer in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, radiology imaging centers or clinics. Other career opportunities include working for a registry service or equipment manufacturer.

Program Availability

If you’re looking for sonogram technician programs in California, SJVC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is available at the Bakersfield campus.

More information on pre-requisite courses is available here:

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.  Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read our Career Guide On Diagnostic Medical Sonography

If you love helping people and you are interested in a career in diagnostic imagery, or ultrasound technology, sonography may be a great career path for you.

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