Aspiring cardiac echo technicians can get relevant training at multiple levels. Programs are available at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.
Schools with Cardiovascular Technology Programs
Students can study cardiovascular technology at these schools:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arkansas Tech University||Russellville, AR||4-year, Public||Associate||$6,192 in-state, $11,352 out-of-state|
|Augusta Technical College||Augusta, GA||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,644 in-state, $4,780 out-of-state|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Boston, MA||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,576 in-state, $8,520 out-of-state|
|Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins, GA||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,674 in-state, $4,810 out-of-state|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state|
|Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga, TN||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,973 in-state, $15,373 out-of-state|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,598 in-state, $7,554 out-of-state|
|Delaware Technical Community College - Stanton/Wilmington||Wilmington, DE||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,632 in-state, $8,522 out-of-state|
|Florida SouthWestern State College||Fort Myers, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$3,401 in-state, $12,979 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when researching programs:
- Echocardiography programs may offer instruction on different medical equipment, such as ultrasound machines, magnetic resonance imaging machines or computed tomography machines.
- Students are encouraged to first look for properly accredited programs to be eligible for the certification examination; one group offering certification exams is the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). In order to gain specialized certification, students may try to find schools that allow them to focus academically in areas such as adult, fetal and pediatric echocardiography, as well as vascular technology.
- Students should explore hands-on training opportunities offered on-campus.
- Students might also consider programs offering off-campus experiences, such as internships and externships, that provide students a greater amount of clinical diversity than campus-based facilities can offer.
Certificate in Echocardiography
Certificate programs in echocardiography are commonly offered as continuing education programs for students already holding associate or bachelor's degrees and can be completed in as little as one year.
Associate Degree in Echocardiography
Associate degree programs in echocardiography take two years to complete and may transfer easily into bachelor's degree programs due to shared general education programs and similar medical classes.
Bachelor's Degree in Echocardiography
Bachelor's degree programs in echocardiography can be completed in four years and may lead to positions of authority or leadership in the field. Students can expect to take basic science courses as well as cardiology-specific classes.
In an accredited echocardiography training program, students can get the training they need for an entry-level job in the field, especially if they choose a program that allows for comprehensive hands-on training.