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.

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

Echocardiography

Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

Faculty Contact

Program

Career Studies Certificate

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: 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

An eligible applicant must hold a current credential with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  No other criteria are required at this time.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students.  The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process.  Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

No further information sessions are scheduled at this time.

Apply for Admission

 

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal.  Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission.  Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program.  Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application.  If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort open at 8:00am on May 24, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on July 31, 2022.  Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

 

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.