ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Email: info@cardiotech.org
Phone: 281-495-0078
CLINICAL AFFILIATES
Humble Cardiology Associates
Frontera Strategies
Methodist Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
Sugarland Cardiology
CHI St Luke’s Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
CHI St. Luke’s Sugarland Hospital
Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugarland
Memorial Hermann Hospital Northwest
Memorial Hermann Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
Kingspoint Imaging
Houston Cardiology Associates
TH-Park Plaza Hospital
CHCA West Houston Medical Center
The Heart Center
University Of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT
Candidates must have the emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position. Strength must be sufficient to lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs) and to move patients to and from wheelchairs and stretchers. The candidate must also be able to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning.
Additional standards related to the demands of the Echocardiogram Technicians are:
Lifting more than 50 pounds routinely
Pushing and pulling routinely
Bending and stooping routinely
Having full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
Working in a standing or sitting position
Interacting compassionately the sick or injured
Assisting patients on and off examining tables
Organizing procedure in the proper sequence
Accurately performing procedure protocols
Accurately measuring, calculating and analyzing data
Reasoning ability and the ability to synthesize data
Operating within the scope of practice
Maintaining professional conduct and appearance
Maintaining patient confidentiality
Making proper assessments and sound judgments.
GRADUATES CREDENTIALING:
All Graduates are encouraged to write the registry exams offered by CCI and ARDMS at their earliest convenience or within 30 days of graduation. Students are encouraged to write the SPI exam prior to clinical rotation. Graduates who do not hold a bachelors degree prior to entering the program must pass the CCI examination before applying for the Adult Echo registry exam with the ARDMS. Others with a bachelors degree prior to entering the program can write the ARDMS Registry upon completion of the program.

Registry certification is not a requirement by law in most states, however in recent years there has been a greater demand for registered technicians. Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School pays close attention to industry trend, and prepares the graduates for acquiring registry credentials. All student are encouraged to write the CCI exam one month before graduation. Registry credentials are issued by CCI upon graduation.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE
Applications can be submitted to CCI or ARDMS for obtaining credentialing.
PAYING FOR SCHOOL:
Federal Funds are available to students who qualify. Students who are citizens or legal residents of the United States may apply for Pell grant or a Federal loans. Applications are available on www.FAFSA.Ed.Gov. Direction on filling out the application is available on that website.
The school also offers a no interest monthly payment plan to qualified students who do not qualify for federal funding.
VA assisted programs are available to veterans and immediate family members.
Echocardiography is a non-invasive imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to produce a dynamic visual image of the heart. This profession requires application of good judgment, and the ability to provide competent medical services to patients.

Echocardiogram Technicians are also known as Cardiac Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technicians. They are proficient in the use of sonographic equipment.

The Echocardiogram Technician program mission is to prepare competent entry level Cardiac Sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY
Medical Director: Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, MD.
Director: Joan Douglas, MS, RDCS, RCS
Director of Education: Yasser Sherkawy, MD. RCS
Faculty: Ali Abdulkadir, MD. RDCS, RVT, RCS
Faculty: Olajide Labiyi, MS, RDCS
Faculty: Triston Thompson, RDCS, RVT

PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITATION:
CAAHEP

PROGRAM LENGTH:
Five Semesters/20 Months/1878 Clock Hours.

CREDITS/CREDENTIALS:
This program is 73 semester credit hours and offer a certificate upon completion.

ADMISSION:
Spring, Summer, Fall

CLASSES SCHEDULE:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITE COURSES:
Anatomy & Physiology
English Composition
General Physics
Medical Terminology
Mathematics

PROGRAM CORE COURSES:
Medico Legal Issues and Patient Care
Applied Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
EKG I
Pharmacology
Echocardiography Principles
Intermediate Adult Echocardiography Lab Practicum
Pathophysiology
Echocardiography Clinical I
Advanced Principles of Cardiac Evaluation
Advanced Adult Echocardiography Lab Practicum
Cardiac Pathology I
Echocardiography Clinical II
Cardiac Pathology II
Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound
Vascular Ultrasound Lab Practicum
Echocardiography Clinical III
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
An academic year is thirty weeks. The first year is dedicated primarily to lectures, lab assignments, and clinical rotation.
The second and third years are dedicated to lectures, lab assignments and clinical rotation.

CLINICAL ROTATION:
Students are matched with the clinical site for externship based on academic performance, attendance and overall attitude. Students must get a B or better grade to qualify for hospital clinical sites. Clinical site placement is provided for students. Many sites accommodate more than one school therefore students are not allowed to request specific sites for clinical rotation. Students with access to clinical sites must inform the school in advance so that proper arrangements can be made with the site.
COLLEGE ACCREDITATION:
Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School is institutionally accredited by (ABHES) the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
GRADUATION:
To graduate from the program students must achieve a minimum of 2.0 (C) grade point or higher, attend more than 85 percent of course duration, and complete the program within 150 percent of the length of the program.