Echocardiography

Echocardiographer Sonographer working with patient

Degree Type: 

Meta Major: 

The 28-credit Echocardiography Career Studies Cert ificate Program provides educational and clinical training in adult cardiac diagnostic medical sonography, commonly known as cardiac ultrasound. Cardiac ultrasounds, or echocardiograms, use soundwaves to produce images of the heart. This program can be completed in four semesters. Successful graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the following national sonography certification exams:

  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
  • American Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification Boards (ARDMS)

 

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 

28

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • Echocardiography I  -  4 Credit(s)
  • Echocardiography II  -  4 Credit(s)
  • Basic ECG Recognition  -  2 Credit(s)
  • Clinical Education I  -  3 Credit(s)
  • Echocardiography Case Study Review  -  1 Credit(s)
  • Clinical Education II  -  4 Credit(s)
  • Echocardiography Registry Review  -  2 Credit(s)
  • Seminar and Project  -  3 Credit(s)
  • Clinical Education III  -  5 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)

Additional Program Information: 

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

Admissions Requirements: 

Adult Echocardiography applictions are currently closed. 

Pre-Entrance Requirement

Prospective students should hold an AAS in DMS and should also be ARRT, with RT(S)or ARDMS certified.

Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Echocardiographer Sonographer

Employment 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, employment  of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to EMSI data, in our local region the need for Cardiovascular technologists is expected to grow through 2026, where a 30-41% growth is expected. The average salary for this career is approximately $27 -$32 per hour. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive and costly procedures. Third-party payers also encourage the use of these noninvasive measures over invasive ones to reduce cost. In addition, as the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions-such as blood clots and heart disease-will  likely increase. Learn more at www.bls.gov.