Echocardiogram Technician

Program Description

Technologists who use ultrasound to examine the heart chambers, valves, and vessels are referred to as Echocardiogram Technicians or Cardiac Sonographers. This profession requires application of good judgment, and the ability to provide competent medical services to patients using diagnostic sonography equipment. The images created with the use of ultrasound instrumentation are called cardiac sonograms or echocardiograms. Cardiac Sonographers “Echocardiogram Technicians” work under the supervision of a licensed physician. They may perform echocardiogram while the patient is either resting or after physical activity. Data obtained is used to assist the physician with diagnostic decision. Cardiac Sonographers “Echocardiogram Technicians” may administer medication to physically active patients to assess their heart function. Cardiac Sonographers “Echocardiogram Technicians” also may assist physicians who perform transesophageal echocardiography, which involves placing a small transducer in the patient’s esophagus to obtain ultrasound images

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • The program prepares students for an entry level position in Echocardiography labs in various Cardiac Non-invasive and X-ray departments at hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, or private physicians’ offices.
  • The program prepares student how to obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • The program prepares student to perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician;
  • The program prepares student to record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician;
  • The program prepares student to exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services;
  • The program prepares student to demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients andcolleagues;
  • The program prepares student to act in a professional and ethical manner;
  • The program prepares student to provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good healing;
  • The program prepares student prepares students with the necessary skills and techniques to obtain two-dimensional tomographic photos of the heart, measure blood flow velocities within the chambers of the heart with high frequency wavelengthdevice;
  • The program prepares student to use ultrasound equipment to analyze the mechanical functions of the heart;
  • The program prepares student how to recognize cardiac pathophysiology;

At the completion of the program, the graduates will:

  • Have the necessary skills for entry level career advancement opportunities existing in the medical field as cardiac PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Program Description Echocardiogram Technician (Included in the grant of A c c r e d i t a t i o n CAAHEP and ABHES) 39 sonographers (echocardiogram technicians), administrators, cardiac research, or in commercial companies as application specialists, sales representatives, and technical advisors.
  • Acquire appropriate procedure and recordings of physiologic, pathologic, and anatomic data for interpretation by cardiologist.
  • Have the skills to communicate with patients and physicians
  • Develop an understanding with exercising good judgment in the performance of cardiac non invasive procedures.
  • Be able to perform adequate echocardiographic measurements.
  • Be eligible to sit for the CCI credentialing examination.
  • Be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
  • The echocardiogram certificate program prepares the student to function as an entry level cardiac Sonographer in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices or imaging centers. The curriculum structure includes general prerequisite courses. The program is presented in the form of lectures, labs and clinical rotation.

Note: Books and Uniform are included in the total cost of attendance. Students can purchase books from the school or from a book store.

Program Length-Day/Clinical Schedule

The length of the program is 5 Semesters daytime classes only. The maximum time allowed to complete this program is 150% from the start date. A limited enrollment is held to assure a good instructor to student ratio, and include both didactic and clinical training in a variety of environments. Students attend classroom lectures and labs for three semesters Monday to Thursday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:45pm. Clinical rotation is mandatory and begins in the third semester. Twenty (20) semester credits hours totaling 904 externship hours clock hours are needed to graduate from the program. Rotations through the clinics are scheduled during the daytime. Echocardiography Clinical I is scheduled on Wednesday evening. Clinical Labs assignments are done on campus.

This program is offered in January, April/May, and August/September each year.

Professional Credentialing

There are no regulations requiring Echocardiogram Technicians to be registered. Graduates of this program may seek voluntary national certification exams, which are available through and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). These organization have been recognized as credentialing agency for echocardiogram technicians’ certification. Certification may be a condition for employment. The college is not affiliated with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Refer to www.ARDMS.org or www.ccionline.org for information.