This certificate provides education to prepare competent entry level adult Cardiac Sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for General or Vascular Credentialed Sonographers currently working in the field of ultrasound.

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  



Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • DMS 150: Echocardiography I - 4 credits
  • DMS 250: Echocardiography II - 4 credits
  • EMS 153: Basic ECG Recognition - 2 credits
  • DMS 231: Clinical Education I - 3 credits
  • DMS 256: Echocardiography Case Study Review - 1 credits
  • DMS 232: Clinical Education II - 4 credits
  • DMS 255: Echocardiography Registry Review - 2 credits
  • DMS 298: Seminar and Project - 3 credits
  • DMS 233: Clinical Education III - 5 credits

Admissions Requirements

Registered ARDMS with relevant work experience. After applying to PVCC, students must ALSO Apply to the Echocardiography Program.

The Program of Echocardiography at PVCC will treat P+ as a C+ (2.5) grade when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions.
        *Students are encouraged to ask for letter grades if planning to apply to the Echocardiography program at PVCC.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all prospective students. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  Registration is required to attend an information session.  The link to the Zoom session will only be provided to people who register.

Information Sessions are currently being held via Zoom.

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Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Monday, February 22, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Monday, March 22, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Monday, April 26, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Program Information

The PVCC Career Studies Certificate in Adult Echocardiography will prepare competent entry-level Adult echocardiography technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Occupational Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a sonographer uses equipment that emits sound waves to penetrate through body tissue ( The sound waves reverberate back to create a computerized image of the body tissue. Echocardiographers are thus the specially trained technologist who work with the cardiovascular system. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and EMSI data, employment of sonographers nationally and in our service region is projected to grow faster than average for other occupations through 2024. The average salary for employees in this field is approximately $24.31 per hour ($50,564 annually). Experienced vascular technicians can earn an average of $34 per hour ($70,720). As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive and costly procedures. Sonographers with specialized credentials in more than one modality, e.g. Vascular Technology, will have a competitive advantage over other sonographers without this additional training.

This program can be completed in four semesters.

Compliance Requirements

Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for clinical internships. Please contact division office for detailed information at