Although echo technology is usually offered as a 2-year associate degree program, there are also bachelor's degree programs available. Students can find relevant programs at four-year universities and two-year community colleges and technical schools.
10 Schools with Echo Technology Programs
At these schools, students can enroll in echo technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Certificate||$47,750|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state|
|University of South Carolina - Columbia||Columbia, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,482 in-state, $30,298 out-of-state|
|University of Toledo||Toledo, OH||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$9,547 in-state, $18,885 out-of-state|
|Barry University||Miami, FL||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$28,800|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$15,810 in-state, $22,470 out-of-state|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||Little Rock, AR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,963 in-state, $15,999 out-of-state|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Klamath Falls, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $8,838 in-state,
|Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins, GA||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,674 in-state,
|Weatherford College||Weatherford, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,400 in-district,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following also when looking for echo technology schools:
- Students should try to find programs that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- Prospective students may want 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 consider attending a school that is associated with a medical center where they might like to pursue an internship, such as a major hospital or cardiovascular clinic.
- It can be helpful to find out about the school's laboratory training facilities in order to make sure that students gain experience with industry-standard echocardiography equipment, such as EKG machines, as well as the latest computer analysis software.
Associate's Degree Programs
In associate's degree programs in echocardiography, students take a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical courses. Most programs begin with foundational courses in the biomedical sciences, such as anatomy, physiology and psychology. From there, students take more career-specific classes in topics such as echocardiography, electrophysiology and sonographic physics. In addition, students must complete general education requirements before graduating from one of these two-year programs.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Although Bachelor of Science (BS) in Echocardiography programs begin with the same basic overview of the field as associate's degree programs, students in these four-year programs have the chance to study more advanced topics, like vascular testing and laboratory management. Prior to graduation, students are often required to gain clinical experience through an internship, practicum or externship.
Some undergraduate certificate programs are intended for individuals with no experience in the field who want to take basic courses and prepare for professional certification exams, such as the one offered by ARDMS. Alternatively, some programs are available for registered diagnostic medical sonographers who want to expand their repertoire of skills. Because sonographers already have a strong educational background in the biomedical sciences, these programs offer only a short series of echocardiography-focused classes.
Over the course of an undergraduate echo technology program at an undergraduate institution, students can get real-world training experience and prepare for professional certification exams.