Echocardiology courses are available through certificate and associate's degree programs in echocardiology technology or cardiac sonography, as well as through diagnostic ultrasound technology degree programs. Echocardiography courses are also available through a concentration in bachelor's degree programs, such as radiologic science. All of these programs generally include a combination of classroom study, labs and clinical experiences.
Students in an echocardiology program normally first learn about the anatomy and physiology of the heart, study the diseases that affect it and learn to detect abnormalities. They then learn to operate the equipment used to do stress tests and create images, as well as read test results.
Here are some common concepts in echocardiology courses:
- Congenital disease
- 2-D, M-Mode and Doppler
- Narrowed or leaking heart valves
- Chest pain
- Signs of disease on sonographic images
List of Courses
Beginning Echocardiology Course
Students enrolled in this introductory echocardiology course learn the basic operations of medical cardio equipment for producing echocardiograms, electrocardiograms (EKGs) and sonograms, as well as stress tests and Holter monitor procedures. Students learn basic diagnostic methods, including how to read and understand findings from test results.
Advanced Echocardiography Course
Students learn to run more advanced stress tests and operate equipment for diagnostic imaging procedures. This class features instruction through lectures and discussions; these include an overview of all available non-invasive cardiac procedures. Students practice learned techniques in clinics, labs and other settings.
Evaluation of Anomalies with Echocardiology Course
Students become familiar with anomalies in the heart that could indicate heart disease or other heart health problems by studying diagnostic images. They learn to recognize valvular disease and evaluate the severity of the condition. This course also includes detailed instruction on the anatomy of the heart. By studying how a healthy heart responds to tests, students are able to compare these results with those observed in an unhealthy heart. Other problems that can be detected are discussed as well, including possible issues with unborn fetuses.
Pediatric Echocardiography Course
This course evaluates echocardiography techniques used on young children. Students attend lectures and practice non-invasive procedures. They also learn to interpret results from EKGs and perform procedures to stop problems early. The class also addresses post-operative procedures and pharmacology treatments in relation to pediatric patients specifically.