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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Degree Program - Associate of Applied Science

To prepare competent entry-level Cardiac Sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

This degree plan is designed to prepare individuals for a career as a Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (Echocardiographer) through classroom study and a supervised clinical experience. The Echocardiography technologist performs cardiovascular examinations to produce a picture of a heart and great vessels using high-frequency sound waves. These examinations are used to diagnose congenital heart disease, valvular disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, and other cardiovascular disorders. Types of examinations include 2D and 3D Echo, M-mode and color flow Doppler, as well as Transesophageal and Stress Studies. The Echocardiographer may work in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) program administered by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC/DMS).

Individuals interested in enrolling in the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program must apply to the program. Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography admission forms, criteria and admission procedures are available from the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program. Applications are due by April 1st of each year. Admission to the program is based upon academic success. Applicants to enroll in the program will begin in Summer I semester.

A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for graduation listed on the degree plan. Students successfully completing the program will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. Applicants may obtain additional information relating to the program by contacting the program director.

Graduates of an associate degree in a health field may complete an Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. The advanced certificate is designed to allow health care professionals an opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills to become a cardiac sonographer.

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program and the Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, students will be eligible to take examinations for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification in the specialty area of Adult Echocardiography (AE).

The number of students accepted into the program is limited to space available in clinical agencies.