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Schools for Aspiring Cardiac Echo Technicians

Students aspiring to be cardiac echo technicians or echocardiographers can obtain a degree through the cardiovascular technology programs of many U.S. colleges. Coursework in these programs involves the use of ultrasound machines to create images known as echocardiograms in order to observe the hearts of patients. Certificate programs, associate's and bachelor's degree programs are available.

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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.

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