Echocardiography education is offered through associate's degree, bachelor's degree and undergraduate certificate programs. These programs are available at two-year colleges and technical schools, as well as four-year universities.
10 Echocardiography Schools
These schools offer programs in echocardiography:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Hudson Valley Community College||Troy, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $5,188 in-state,
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private||Certificate||$37,124|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Klamath Falls, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $8,838 in-state,
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi, TX||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,546 in-district,
|Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins, GA||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,674 in-state,
|Lone Star College||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate|| $1,504 in-district,
|Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$36,114|
|Weatherford College||Weatherford, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,400 in-district,
|Ogeechee Technical College||Statesboro, GA||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,862 in-state,
|Hill College||Hillsboro, TX||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,220 in-district,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an echocardiology school.
- Prospective students may want to look for schools that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- It may be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the professional certification exams offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
- Students may want to look for schools that offer the opportunity to work with industry-standard echocardiography equipment, such as EKG machines.
- Programs that offer internship and externship opportunities for academic credit could be useful for hands-on experience.
Certificate in Echocardiography
Undergraduate programs in echocardiography provide a series of career preparation courses for aspiring echocardiographers. Some are designed specifically to prepare graduates for certain professional certification exams, such as those offered by the ARDMS. While some programs are available for individuals with no previous medical education, others are intended for registered diagnostic medical sonographers who want to redirect their careers toward echocardiography.
Associate Degree in Echocardiography
Associate degree programs in echocardiography can be completed in two years and include a combination of theoretical and clinical coursework. Students take basic science courses in anatomy, physiology and psychology as well as occupational courses in echocardiography, electrophysiology, and sonographic physics. Prior to graduation, they must also fulfill general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree in Echocardiography
Bachelor's degree programs in echocardiography can be completed in four years. They begin with the same foundational science coursework as associate's degree programs, but upperclassmen have the chance to take more advanced electives in topics like vascular testing and laboratory management. Clinical experiences are commonly required and could take the form of internships, practicums or externships.
Undergraduate echocardiography programs provide career-specific preparation for aspiring professionals. Considerations for students choosing between schools include certification exam pass rates and clinical training facilities.