Echocardiography Program

The Academy of Ultrasound offers Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs, Echocardiography programs and Vascular Ultrasound programs.  These sonography training programs serve technicians working in Radiology, Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound departments.

 NOTE:Prior to making an application, you should have an Associate degree or higher, in a patient-care related field or at minimum the following prerequisites:

  • English Composition
  • College level Mathematics
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

If you already hold credentials from ARDMS or CCI in another sonography modality you may qualify for a shorter program.

If unsure if your education meets these requirements, contact us and we will be delighted to discuss your individual situation.  We have programs to allow you to complete the above prerequisites during your program.

What is Echocardiography?

Echocardiography is an Allied Health Field that utilizes high frequency ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of many varying disorders involving the heart and cardiovascular systems.  The sonographer is a respected member of the health care team that works directly under the supervision of physicians to deliver health care to patients.

Why choose Academy of Ultrasound’s Cardiac Ultrasound Program?

  • All classwork is in a Distance Learning (on line) format.  Clinical education can usually be arranged close to students home.
  • Hands on Scan Lab training is provided by instructors one on one with each student.
  • Students work closely with ultrasound faculty.
  • Academy of Ultrasound faculty are active, registered and working techs in their field of expertise.
  • Academy of Ultrasound’s location allows for affiliation with large medical centers, private doctor’s offices and clinics, and smaller community hospitals.
  • Students can receive a large variety of clinical experiences.

What is the role of the Echocardiographer?

The role of the sonographer is vital both in outpatient and inpatient settings.  Roughly one half of sonographers work in hospital settings.  The sonographer generally spends more time with the patient than most other health care providers.  Ultrasound is a rewarding blend of patient care with highly sophisticated technology.  Ultrasound is often regarded as the most “operator-dependent” imaging modality.  The ultrasound field has rapidly expanded in the last thirty years.  Specialties include adult, pediatric, fetal and other miscellaneous procedures.

The sonographer obtains, reviews, and integrates pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.  He/she also performs appropriate procedures, and records anatomies, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.  He/she records, analyzes, and processes diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.  One must also provide patient education related to medical ultrasound, promote principles of good health, act in a professional and ethical manner, and demonstrate kind and compassionate communication skills with patients and colleagues.

What income range can I expect?

Median entry-level salaries are between $50,000 – $60,000 per year.  If travel is a desire then the salary range becomes $60,000 – $75,000 per year or more.

COURSES

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY CORE REQUIREMENTS –

( 83 credits) 

Quarter I

DMS 111 Anatomy,  & states of the sonography patient

DMS 112 Introduction to Sonography

DMS 113 Introduction to Cardiovascular Principles

DMS 114  Patient Care and Ethics

Quarter II

PHY 121 Basics of Ultrasound Physics

ECHO 122 Comprehensive Adult Cardiac Sonography I

ECHO 123 Cardiovascular Principles II

ECHO 124 Principle of Hemodynamics I

Quarter III

PHY 231 Comp Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation

ECHO 232 Comprehensive Adult Cardiac Sonography II

ECHO 233 Hemodynamics II

ECHO 235 Valvular Diseases

Quarter IV

ECHO 241 Cardiomyopathies and Disease States

ECHO 242 Adult Congenital Echocardiography

ECHO 243 Pediatric Cardiac Sonography I

ECHO 244 Advanced Cardiac Testing

Quarter V

ECHO 251 Pediatric Cardiac Sonography II

ECHO 252 Cardiac Clinic I

ECHO 254 Cardiac Scan Lab

Quarter VI

ECHO 261 Registry Preparation

ECHO 262 Cardiac Clinic II

ECHO 263 Career Counciling and Preparation

*This is a suggested curriculum and subject to change.