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Join a rewarding and growing health care profession—become a diagnostic medical sonographer!


Sonography, also known as ultrasound or ultrasonography, is a medical imaging technology that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of inside the human body. Physicians use ultrasound images to aid in diagnosing disease and monitoring conditions. Sonographers are the highly skilled technologists who perform the ultrasound imaging examinations.  Employment Outlook

Why Palm Beach State?

  • The best sonography careers begin with a quality education at a nationally accredited school.  View our accreditation.
  • The Sonography program has been in operation since 2003, and the faculty have more than 50 years of combined experience.
  • Students receive extensive hands-on training in PBSC’s lab and at local clinical sites.  See our students in action.
  • Our completion and job placement rates are among the highest in the nation.  
  • Palm Beach State is one of the most affordable four-year, public higher education institutions in the U.S.

Read the article in Contact magazine about Professor Patty Braga, department chair. Discover how this pioneer in the field started her career and developed the Sonography program.


Admission Criteria

Download the Sonography Program Application packet (which includes admission criteria), or pick one up in the Admissions Office. This packet should not be confused with the general application for admission to the College.

The Sonography Program is a limited access program where potential students must submit information and documentation directly to: Palm Beach State College, Edward M. Eissey Campus, Admissions Office, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

Download the Criminal Background Requirements for Applicants.

Application Deadline: July 8, 2020

Selection Date: July 20, 2020


Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Sonography Program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool. These criteria supersede any other information.

Your criteria for selection can be viewed at Sign in and look under Limited Access Application Status. All communication will be sent to your email account including all acceptance documentation. Please note: Upon completion of the Palm Beach State application process, students will receive notification of acceptance to Palm Beach State College, NOT to be confused with acceptance to the program.

Want to learn more? Open House Info


Open House sessions are required for all prospective sonography students for the purpose of counseling.

Sessions are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of the month in LC117 of Lewis Center from 1-2 pm on the Palm Beach Gardens Campus. No appointment necessary.  Directions/Campus Map

  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 12, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

SonographyThe mission of the Palm Beach State College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to prepare competent, entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

To develop a diagnostic medical sonographer who will:

  1. Apply the principles and theories of ultrasound physics, as well as the appropriate mathematical and algebraic functions to the practice of obtaining high-quality, diagnostic sonograms.

  2. Attain minimum proficiency in positioning and scanning patients and properly setting system gain controls for the sonographic examinations used within the specialty of abdominal and OB/GYN sonography.

  3. Anticipate and provide basic patient care and comfort.

  4. Recognize emergency patient conditions, initiate first aid, and basic life support procedures.

  5. Attain proficiency in the correct use of all technical and medical terms which are necessary for a complete discussion of sonographic procedures.

  6. Develop proficiency in obtaining the clinical history from the patient or the patient’s chart and then develop a preliminary differential diagnosis.

  7. Demonstrate proficiency in recognizing normal vs. abnormal sonographic patterns.

  8. Demonstrate proficiency in recognizing normal vs. abnormal obstetric and gynecologic sonographic patterns.

  9. Demonstrate proficiency in determining whether a sonographic examination is of high quality, and how to improve the quality if it is not.

  10. Demonstrate proficiency in recognizing technical errors and artifacts, and to correct these errors.

  11. Maintain the ethical and profession values outlined in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Code of Ethics.

Contact Info

For additional information, please contact: Professor Patty Braga, Department Chair.

 Department contact information

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Faculty Webpage

Prof. Patty Braga
Department Chair
Faculty Webpage
Prof. Cindy Cicalase
Adjunct Faculty Faculty Webpage
Prof. Janet Jones
Adjunct Faculty Faculty Webpage
Prof. Marcia (Meg) Roy
Adjunct Faculty Faculty Webpage


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