Sonography (Ultrasound) Program

Welcome to the Sonography Program of Red Rocks Community College.

Sonography (Ultrasound) is one of the dynamic, fast-paced, rapidly advancing fields within Medical Imaging. The five semester (21 months), full-time program at RRCC prepares students for entry-level positions in the field. (Download an information packet about the sonography program here.) Please note new general prerequisite course requirements for March 2015 in the information packet.

Due to the recent changes in prerequisites for the Sonography Program, students that are enrolled in BIO 202 during the 2015 Summer Semester will be considered as having a complete application for the 2015 Selection Cycle.  The course must be taken at Red Rocks Community College so that we can verify enrollment at the beginning of June 2015.

The highly skilled professional who performs ultrasound examinations in a clinical facility is known as a sonographer, ultrasonographer, or ultrasound technologist. There are various specialties within the field that include the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, and echocardiography. The sonographer is a key member of the health care team that provides individualized care to a variety of patients utilizing highly technical instrumentation to create and interpret images of the internal organs, tissues, and blood flow.

This career requires people who are highly skilled in performing the tasks of the field. Our students receive an education in the didactic requirements of the field by highly qualified instructors with the advanced certification required.

The didactic courses are supplemented with hands-on lab instruction and practice in our lab facilities at the Arvada campus. In addition to the didactic education students receive, there is a hands-on clinical component within the program that affords students the opportunity to work in clinical environments in the area, under the supervision of qualified staff, while utilizing their learned skills on actual patients.

Areas of Specialization

The Sonography Program at Red Rocks Community College offers students these areas of specialization:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - This track prepares students for the ARDMS examination in the areas of Abdominal and OB/Gyn. These sonographers typically work in a radiology setting at a hospital or outpatient center. Students have the opportunity to choose between the Associate of Applied Science degree option, or the Certificate of Completion option during the final semester of the program.

Echocardiography - This track prepares students for the ARDMS examination in the area of Adult Echocardiography. These sonographers typically work in a cardiology setting at a hospital or physician office. Students have the opportunity to choose between the Associate of Applied Science degree option, or the Certificate of Completion option.

All Red Rocks Sonography students will also receive training in vascular technology which prepares student for work in a Vascular Lab or Hospital setting.

Red Rocks Community College accepts as many as 18 students each year. Admission into the program is extremely competitive and clinical site dependent. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions Page and Information Page to find out more.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is located in the Medical Imaging Education department at the Arvada campus. In order to apply to the Red Rocks Sonography Program, you must have either a two-year degree/certificate in a direct patient care field OR a baccalaureate degree in any field from a US or Canadian College/University as they share accrediting bodies.You will also need the prerequisite courses listed in the information packet.  If these courses are included in your qualifying degree or certificate, you will not need to retake them.

Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Degrees and Certificate:

degrees(More info on degrees here.)

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

Certificate(More info on certificate here.)

  • Vascular Technology

The simple difference between the degree and certificate is the general education course requirements as outlined in the College Catalog.  You will decide between the two when you apply for graduation during your final semester in the program.  Most students that qualify for the program with a degree often have the general education requirements completed prior to admission to the program.

Career Paths / Options in Sonography

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Sonography Educator
  • Research Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Application Specialist
  • Sonography Entrepreneur

Volunteers are needed

To participate as a volunteer in the scan lab: Click here to apply.

***You must complete a background check as part of your application to this program. You can complete the background check at If you have any questions regarding the background check, please contact Customer Experience department at 888-666-7788 ext. 7194 or reach them by email at