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Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Cardiac Concentration

Associate of Applied Science

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Cardiac Concentration

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.

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Application Process

How To Apply

  • Apply for Admission to BridgeValley
  • Have any official high school and/or college transcripts sent to BridgeValley.
  • Choose Pre-Sonography as your designated curriculum
  • Complete required pre-requisite courses
  • Take the TEAS examination and submit results with program application minimum score of 50:
  • Shadow a sonographer and have the sonographer sign the shadowing form to verify your experience DMS Shadowing Form  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer shadowing/observation opportunities. This requirement will be waived for the 2023 application.
  • Sonography Admissions Criteria
  • Write a paper detailing why you are choosing sonography as a career
  • The online sonography application will be available January 17-February 23, 2023 for the Fall 2023 sonography program admissions. NOTE: A sample application is posted for review. Please note all applications are online and paper copies are not accepted. The sample application is posted for informational purposes only. Sample Application


NOTE: The online application for Fall 2023 admissions will be available on this website January 17-February 23, 2023


2023 Sonography Program Application Timeline:

Applications accepted January 17, 2023-February 23, 2023
Application Review and Scoring. Notification of interviews or non-acceptance for those not qualified for interview emailed by: March 9, 2023
Interviews: Week of March 29, 2023
Scoring of interviewed applicants completed and acceptance and non-acceptance letters for sonography programs admission Fall 2023 emailed April 13, 2023
Students must accept or decline (may be provisional) acceptance to the program April 20, 2023


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More About the Program

BridgeValley Cardiac Sonography is delivered on the Montgomery campus  


Kim Shamblin, MPH, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, RT(R)(CT)
Sonography Department Chair
[email protected]
(304) 205-6669

Accreditation Information

ACBSP Accredited

The BridgeValley Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography for General Sonography (Abdomen, Small Parts, Obstetrics, & Gynecology) and Vascular Technology.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355-113th St. N #7709; Seminole, FL 33775; 727-210-2350

RCDMS 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500 Ellicott City, MD 21043 Phone: 443-973-3251
E-mail: [email protected]

Sonography Program goals include but are not limited to the following:

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • To prepare competent entry-level cardiac technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains

Cardiac Cohort 1



DMSU 230 Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation ..... 3 Credits

DMSU 200 Sectional Imaging & Terminology ..... 2 Credits

ECHO 210 Introduction to Cardiac Scanning ..... 3 Credits

ECHO 220 Adult Echocardiography ..... 4 Credits

Semester Total : 12

ECHO 211 Cardiac Procedures ..... 3 Credits

ECHO 221 Adult Echocardiography II ..... 5 Credits

ECHO 240 Echo Evaluation of Pathology ..... 4 Credits

Semester Total : 12

ECHO 241 Echo Evaluation of Pathology II ..... 2 Credits

ECHO 250 Clinical Practicum I ..... 5 Credits

ECHO 251 Clinical Practicum II ..... 5 Credits

Semester Total : 12

ECHO 252 Clinical Practicum III ..... 5 Credits

ECHO 253 Clinical Practicum IV ..... 5 Credits

ECHO 260 Capstone/Registry Review ..... 2 Credits

Semester Total : 12

ENGL 101 English Composition I ..... 3 Credits

MATH 130 College Algebra ..... 3 Credits

BIOL 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I ..... 4 Credits

BIOL 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II ..... 4 Credits

PHYS 101 General Physics I - OR -

PHYS 100 Intro Physics 100 ..... 3 Credits

PSYC 101 General Psychology - OR -

PSYC 201 Lifespan Develop.* ..... 3 Credits

DMSU 100 Introduction to Sonography** ..... 2 Credits

Total : 22

* PSYC 101/PSYC 201 may be taken after admission into the sonography program however completion is strongly encouraged prior to the DMS program.

** Successful completion of DMSU 100-Introduction to Sonography does not guarantee acceptance into the Sonography Program.
NOTE: A drug screen and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in the cardiac sonography program in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and the criminal background check are ineligible for placement at clinical sites and therefore are not able to progress in the CS program.
~Students must take and pass the ARDMS SPI Physics exam to successfully complete the cardiac sonography program~