Echocardiography is a specialized concentration within the field of ultrasound applied to heart structures. The cardiac sonographer is a skilled person qualified by academic and clinical preparation to perform echocardiography exams under the supervision of a qualified physician. The demands of the cardiac sonographer requires a working knowledge of detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart and its echogenic appearance as it is presented as a 2-D image, as well as scanning techniques to obtain the optimum image.
The program of study includes thirty-six (36) credit hours of didactic, college laboratory and clinical sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certifying Examinations for Cardiovascular Principles and Instrumentation, Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography.
Echocardiography Gainful Employment Information
Entry-level positions start at $52K while the Western New York Average is $64K.
In the next 10 years, employment is expected grow 24 percent due to the evolution of imaging technology.
Specific Admissions Requirements for Echocardiography Program:
- Candidates for admission to this program must be an Allied Health graduate of an A.A.S., B.S., or Diploma Program (i.e.: 2 years Radiologic Technology education and ARRT, Radiation Therapist, R.N., Occupational Therapist, Physician Assistant, M.D., or D.O. credential)
- A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative average
- Interview with Program Director
- Official transcripts from secondary and post-secondary institutions required
*Diploma Graduates: Transcripts will be reviewed to determine compliance with academic requirements
Minimum Certificate Requirements:
A total of 36 credit hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0.
Physics of Ultrasound I
Introduction to Echocardiography
Echocardiography College Laboratory I
Echocardiography Principles and Instrumentation
Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
Echocardiography Clinical Practicum I