Cardiac Sonographers, also known as echocardiographers, are health care professionals specially trained to use ultrasound technology in the evaluation of the heart and surrounding structures. Echocardiographers provide valuable diagnostic information to assist physicians in identifying heart problems and associated diseases to expedite patient care.
A career in echocardiography can be very rewarding. Individuals that are interested in meaningful, fast-paced, patient-centered work may enjoy a career in cardiac sonography.
The Cardiac Sonography Program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The program prepares selected individuals through theory, lab, and clinical experience to practice as echocardiographers in a variety of health care settings. The Cardiac Sonography program is a limited enrollment program. Admission into the program is competitive requiring a minimum GPA of 2.75 to apply for admission. The highest ranked students that meet qualification requirements and deadlines will be provisionally admitted first.
|ENGL 101||English Composition I||3|
|MATH 130||College Algebra||3|
|BIOL 201||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 202||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|PHYS 101||General Physics I / Intro Physics 100 PHYS 100||3|
|PSYC 101||General Psychology OR PSYC 201 Lifespan Develop.*||3|
|DMSU 100||Introduction to Sonography**||2|
|Cardiac Sonography-First Semester|
|DMSU 230||Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation||3|
|DMSU 200||Sectional Imaging & Terminology||2|
|ECHO 210||Introduction to Cardiac Scanning||3|
|ECHO 220||Adult Echocardiography||4|
|Cardiac Sonography-Second Semester|
|ECHO 211||Cardiac Procedures||3|
|ECHO 221||Adult Echocardiography II||5|
|ECHO 240||Echo Evaluation of Pathology||4|
|Cardiac Sonography-Third Semester-Summer|
|ECHO 241||Echo Evaluation of Pathology II||2|
|ECHO 250||Clinical Practicum I||5|
|ECHO 251||Clinical Practicum II||5|
|Cardiac Sonography-Fourth Semester|
|ECHO 252||Clinical Practicum III||5|
|ECHO 253||Clinical Practicum IV||5|
|ECHO 260||Capstone/Registry Review||2|
* PSYC 101/PSYC 201 may be taken after admission into the sonography program however completion is strongly encouraged prior to the DMS program.