Echocardiography

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.

Echocardiography

Credit Hours

28

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: Electrocardiography Case Study Review - 1 credits
  • DMS 232: Clinical Education II - 4 credits
  • DMS 255: Electrocardiography 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.

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 (www.bls.gov). 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 HLS1@pvcc.edu.