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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 high quality images of a body part or system.  Sonographers use these skills throughout the various 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 are encouraged to write 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. Preference cannot be given to any student based on their circumstances, as placements will be selected by lottery method should more than one students request a single placement site.

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 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) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or (C) or grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 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 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2022

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

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
USP 1001 Sonography Lab Practice I 2
USP 1106 Principles of Sonographic Physics I 4
USP 1110 Fundamentals of Scanning 3
BIO 1019 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
USP 1000 Abdominal Scanning 8
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
BIO 1250 Sonographic Anatomy & Physiology II 3
HEA 1022 Canadian Health Care 3
USP 1003 Sonography Lab Practice II 2
USP 1007 Obstetrics and Gynecology I 4
USP 1008 Vascular Scanning 4
USP 1206 Principles of Sonographic Physics II 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
LAW 1001 Health Legislation & Prof. Practice 3
USP 1005 Vascular Scanning II 3
USP 1006 Sonography Lab Practice III 2
USP 2105 Principles/Sonographic Physics III 2
USP 2131 Obstetrics and Gynecology II 4
USP 2141 Musculoskeletal Sonography 3
USP 2145 Neurosonography 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
USP 1009 Clinical Practicum I 26
USP 2240 Pathology and Anomalies I 1
Semester 5
USP 1010 Clinical Practicum II 26
USP 3140 Pathology & Anomalies II 1
Semester 6
USP 1011 Clinical Practicum III 26
USP 3240 Pathology & Anomalies III 1
USP 3250 Comprehensive Exam 1
 Total Credits153


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 prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • 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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