Schools for Aspiring Fetal Echo Technicians

Programs specific to fetal echocardiography may not be available, but students can prepare for these positions by enrolling in certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree programs in general echocardiography.

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Fetal echocardiography is the use of ultrasound machines to create medical images of the heart of an unborn child. Programs in echocardiography are available at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Echocardiography Schools

These schools offer relevant for aspiring fetal echo technicians:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Newman University Wichita, KS 4-year, Private Bachelor's $26,030
Armstrong State University Savannah, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,360 in-state, $15,616 out-of-state
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health Omaha, NE 4-year, Private Associate $13,418
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,838 in-state, $24,825 out-of-state
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private Certificate $37,124
Seattle University Seattle, WA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $39,690
University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK 4-year, Public Bachelor's $4,296 in-state, $17,682 out-of-state
ATI College Norwalk, CA <2-year, Private Certificate $28,825

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for an echocardiography school:

  • Student may want to choose a school that offers fetal echocardiography experience opportunities, such as internships, externships and practicums. Schools with up-to-date, on-campus fetal care centers or related facilities are recommended, but there may also be opportunities at local medical facilities.
  • Voluntary credentialing in fetal echocardiography can be obtained through certification by an organization like the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, so students are encouraged to enroll in programs that meet credentialing requirements.
  • Students who already have academic or practical work experience in a health or science field might consider enrolling in a certificate program in echocardiography; associate degree programs might appeal to students interested in obtaining entry-level positions through shorter academic experiences, and bachelor's degree programs might be useful to students pursuing professional advancement.
  • If you need scheduling flexibility, look for a school that offers online program options.

Certificate in Echocardiography

Certificate programs in echocardiography can be completed in one year and typically are designed for students who already have some experience or education in a related field. The curriculum includes extensive clinical experiences in addition to lecture-based coursework.

Associate Degree in Echocardiography

Associate degree programs in echocardiography typically include clinical experiences and an internship component, both of which offer opportunities to specialize in fetal echocardiography. Along with general education courses, programs include basic courses in medical terminology and sonography.

Bachelor's Degree in Echocardiography

Bachelor's degree programs in echocardiography may offer the opportunity to study fetal echocardiography through coursework, internships, externships, research projects and clinical experiences. Externships are often required.

Aspiring fetal echo technicians can find relevant undergraduate degree and certificate programs that can prepare them for jobs and professional certification. Students can choose between educational options based on their career goals and scheduling constraints.

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