Echocardiology Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Training programs in echocardiology, more commonly known as echocardiography or cardiac sonography, are available at the undergraduate level. Read on to learn more about educational options for aspiring echocardiographers.

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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.

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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,
$13,388 out-of-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,
$24,825 out-of-state
Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX 2-year, Public Associate $2,546 in-district,
$3,846 in-state,
$4,808 out-of-state
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA 2-year, Public Associate $2,674 in-state,
$4,810 out-of-state
Lone Star College The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate $1,504 in-district,
$3,184 in-state,
$3,544 out-of-state
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $36,114
Weatherford College Weatherford, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $2,400 in-district,
$3,720 in-state,
$5,280 out-of-state
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA 2-year, Public Associate $2,862 in-state,
$4,998 out-of-state
Hill College Hillsboro, TX 2-year, Public Associate $2,220 in-district,
$2,910 in-state,
$3,310 out-of-state

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.

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