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

Program Information

The 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. This program can be completed in four semesters.

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.

Compliance Requirements: Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for clinical internships.

Admission 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

Attendance at an information session is required to be eligible for admissions. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  Registration is required to attend an information session.

An in-person information session has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Room 106 of the Keats Science Building. Register for the December 14th session (required for attendance).

An in-person information session has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:30pm on the PVCC Main Campus (A room will be determined at a later date). Register for the January 18th session (required for attendance).

Further information sessions will be scheduled at a later date.

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.

The Echocardiography program will be offered in Fall 2023.  The application process opens on February 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM and the deadline for application is July 31, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.