Students who are interested in cardiovascular sonography can find certificate and undergraduate degree programs in the field. They are most commonly offered by community and technical colleges.
Schools With Cardiac Sonography Programs
These schools offer cardiac sonography programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)**|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, KS||4-year, Public||Certificate||$10,825 in-state, $26,659 out-of-state|
|Kirtland Community College||Roscommon, MI||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,725 in-district, $4,955 in-state, $7,625 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Lackawanna College||Scranton, PA||2-year, Private||Associate||$14,110|
|El Centro College||Dallas, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, NC||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,025 in-state, $6,631 out-of-state|
|Delaware Technical Community College||Wilmington, DE||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,632 in-state, $8,522 out-of-state|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Students should be aware of the certification requirements of many employers. Certain programs, specifically those that lack clinical facilities, may require students to complete up to 12 months of clinical work before becoming qualified to sit for certification. However, as a consequence, these programs are typically shorter in their academic components.
- Students should make sure they meet the program's minimum admission requirements. For instance, students holding a high school diploma may enroll in 2-year associate degree programs in cardiovascular sonography, while certificate programs may only be available to students with an allied health associate degree or 4-year bachelor's degree, or to individuals already licensed in a related field.
- Students who are interested specializing their studies in fields such as echocardiography may look for schools that offer concentration or elective course options in the field, as well as hands-on training with specialized ultrasound and echocardiograph machines.
- It can be helpful to get more information about available clinical opportunities, as those offered on or near campus may be preferable to those that require out-of-town or out-of-state experiences.
- Students may look for programs that qualify students for certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) including titles such as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer or Registered Vascular Technologist. Having these designations may improve job prospects.
Certificate programs in cardiovascular sonography may be completed in 2-3 semesters and are typically designed for students with some academic or professional experience in related fields. Clinical experiences may or may not be required.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs in cardiovascular sonography can typically be finished as 2-year programs and may qualify students to sit for ARDMS certification.
Aspiring cardiovascular sonographers can get relevant training through accredited associate and certificate programs, which may offer specific concentrations and training for professional certification and entry-level jobs.