CAMOSUN COLLEGE TO OFFER UP TO 32 SEATS IN NEW DMS DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Vancouver Island’s first Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program, to be offered by Camosun College in Victoria in spring 2020, will mean easier access for students to train closer to home.
Diagnostic medical sonographers are health care professionals who take images of and assess unborn babies, organs, tissues, and blood flow inside the body, providing key diagnostic information to doctors about a patient’s medical condition.
The first intake of 16 students will take place in May 2020 at Camosun’s Interurban campus in the recently opened Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness.
The next intake in 2021 will double the number of students to 32 in the two-year program.
Prior to this year, sonography was only offered at BCIT’s Burnaby campus. In January 2019, government announced a sonography program expansion at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Combined with the new Camosun program, the province has now doubled the number of sonography seats available.
- According to the B.C. Labour Market Outlook 2018, sonographers are a high-demand occupation.
- In 2018, B.C. had approximately 740 sonographers, and there are an estimated 370 sonography job openings expected between 2018 and 2028.
- The median wage rate for sonographers is $37.11 an hour. The top 10% of sonographers earn $48.56 per hour.
Applications are now being accepted. For more information about the program, visit: camosun.ca/sonography