• One-year program
  • Clinical instruction
  • Lab sessions
  • Hands-on experience
  • Specialized concentration within the field of ultrasound applied to heart structures

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.

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Specific Admissions Requirements for Echocardiography Program:

  1. 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)
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative average
  3. Interview with Program Director
  4. 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.


Semester 1

15.0 Credits
DMS 306 Physics of Ultrasound I 2
ECH 300 Introduction to Echocardiography 1
ECH 301 Echocardiography I 2
ECH 302 Echocardiography College Laboratory I 1
ECH 303 Echocardiography Principles and Instrumentation 3
ECH 304 Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart 3
ECH 320 Echocardiography Clinical Practicum I 3

Semester 2

15.0 Credits
DMS 406 Physics of Ultrasound II 1
ECH 401 Echocardiography II 4
ECH 402 Echocardiography College Laboratory II 1
ECH 403 Seminar/Research Course 2
ECH 404 Pathology of the Heart 4
ECH 420 Echocardiography Clinical Practicum II 3


6.0 Credits
ECH 430 Echocardiography Clinical Practicum III 6


(HEGIS Code Number 5217)
Program Director:
Ellen Bowman
Office: Room 343



Ellen Bowman




Office: Room 343-Main Campus