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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Cambrian's accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Ultrasound program will prepare you for entry-level roles in hospitals, medical clinics, and private industry. You'll enjoy wide ranging job opportunities, a higher than average salary, and a career where you'll be making a difference in the lives of patients.

You will learn to safely use scanning equipment and imaging techniques to produce images of a body part or system, skills that can be required throughout the different departments of a clinical facility including the trauma unit, operating room, and intensive care area, as well as the diagnostic imaging department.

To graduate from this program, you must demonstrate scanning abilities, strong communication skills, and critical thinking skills at a level of competency defined by Sonography Canada and within the timelines set out in the curriculum. Also, you will be expected to rotate to one or more sites during your placement component.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • 3 placements
  • One of only four colleges in Ontario to offer this program
  • Hands-on experience working on the latest equipment in Cambrian's ultrasound lab and three hospitals
  • Grads are eligible to apply to write Sonography Canada’s Certification Exam, CARDUP (Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals), and/or the American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification examinations.


You must participate in a relevant clinical experience during the program. Clinical experience is gained at a variety of affiliate hospitals throughout Canada. You must be financially prepared to relocate and support yourself away from Sudbury for the clinical semesters. You will be assigned a clinical site with rotations and additional clinical sites arranged at the discretion of the clinical partners' clinical coordinator.

Success in the clinical placement component is mandatory for success in the program. Failure to demonstrate scanning competency at clinical placement will result in a failure and exit from the program.


Cambrian's program is accredited by Accreditation Canada and their affiliate Health Standards Organization (HSO).

Registration to Practice

Upon successful completion of the program, you will have met all of the competencies in the National Competency Profiles established under Sonography Canada, and thereby be eligible to write the CARDUP (Canadian Association of Registered Ultrasound Professionals) and/or ARDMS (American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification examinations. As a graduate, you will also have the opportunity to become a member of several professional diagnostic ultrasound associations.

Sonography Canada is the professional certification body for diagnostic medical sonography in Canada. Sonography Canada develops, maintains, and delivers the national certification examinations for sonography in Canada. You must complete the clinical assessment examination while in clinical placement.

Sonography Canada is the amalgamation of the Canadian Association of Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) is the professional services society for diagnostic sonographers in Canada. Sonography Canada supplies professional services and liability coverage to Canadian sonographers including the Continuing Professional Development program which manages ongoing professional education for members.

The College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) is responsible for regulating medical diagnostic sonographers as of January 2018. Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology (General Sonography) education program has been approved as one of the accredited programs for sonography.

Limited Enrolment

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 physics (C), (U)

Please note: A minimum of 70% is required in each prerequisite courses


  • computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements

  • Fit mask testing prior to clinical placement
  • Current WHMIS training certificate prior to clinical placement
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate prior to clinical placement
  • Immunization in accordance to the Ontario Hospitals Act

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2020
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
USP 1001Sonography Lab Practice I 2
USP 1106Principles of Sonographic Physics I 4
USP 1110Fundamentals of Scanning 3
BIO 1019Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
USP 1000Abdominal Scanning 8
The following General Education course:  3
Health Wellness 3
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 2
BIO 1250Sonographic Anatomy Physiology II 3
HEA 1022Canadian Health Care 3
USP 1003Sonography Lab Practice II 2
USP 1007Obstetrics and Gynecology I 4
USP 1008Vascular Scanning 4
USP 1206Principles of Sonographic Physics II 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Introduction To Gerontology 3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
LAW 1001Health Legislation Prof. Practice 3
USP 1005Vascular Scanning II 3
USP 1006Sonography Lab Practice III 2
USP 2105Principles/Sonographic Physics III 2
USP 2131Obstetrics and Gynecology II 4
USP 2141Musculoskeletal Sonography 3
USP 2145Neurosonography 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
USP 1009Clinical Practicum I 26
USP 2240Pathology and Anomalies I 1
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 5
USP 1010Clinical Practicum II 26
USP 3140Pathology Anomalies II 1
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 6
USP 1011Clinical Practicum III 26
USP 3240Pathology Anomalies III 1
USP 3250Comprehensive Exam 1
 Term Credits: 28
 Total Credits: 153


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, and private industry.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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