Health Career Profiles

Medical Sonographer

Career Description

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. Sonographers also work in management, PACS administration, education and other non-clinical and non-patient care roles.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

  • Completion of grade 12 with at least five (5) grade 12 academic courses


  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Biology, and
  • One other academic subject
  • No grade lower than 70% in the 5 courses, and an overall minimum grade average of 75%.

Students have the option of a three year diploma or a four year Bachelor of Health Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Upon successful completion of the education requirements, one must write the Core Sonographer Examination and the Generalist Sonographer Examination offered through the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Currently, this profession is not regulated in Nova Scotia but require sonographers to be registered with Sonography Canada. Medical Sonographers in Nova Scotia should consider membership with the Nova Scotia Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

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