Echocardiography technology training is offered at multiple education levels, including career certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs. Prospective students may receive training in this field through programs in cardiovascular sonography or diagnostic medical sonography.
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
Here are some considerations to make before selecting a program:
- Prospective echocardiograph technologists may wish to choose a bachelor's degree program if they wish to advance into management positions.
- Individuals who already have some education in the healthcare field may find that a certificate program fits their needs.
- Students may wish seek out accredited programs that offer preparation for testing with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International, since many employers prefer to hire credentialed echocardiography technologists.
Echocardiography Technician Certificate
Career certificate programs in echocardiography technology train students to operate EKG equipment to conduct non-invasive procedures on individuals with heart problems. The certificate programs usually address general clinical training and specific training in working with echocardiography equipment.
Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate degree programs in this field often allow students to concentrate in cardiac ultrasounds. Clinical practicums are also required. Associate degree programs usually require general education courses in communications, social science, humanities, mathematics and science as well.
Bachelor's Degree in Echocardiography
Echocardiography bachelor's degree programs include an in-depth examination of multiple echocardiography procedures through clinical and classroom training. Students are often expected to take general education courses in written communications, advanced mathematics and social science. Some programs require students to complete a series of externships during their senior year.
By selecting an accredited school that provides training that is consistent with their educational background and career goals, aspiring echocardiography technologists can prepare for professional certification and an entry-level job in the field.