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. Univ of Min
Director/Faculty: Joan Douglas, MS, RDCS (AE), RCS, ASU
Director of Education/Faculty: Dr.Yasser Sherkawy, MD. RDCS (AE), RCS, RDMS (AB/OB/GYN/RVT), Alexandra Univ.
Faculty: Olajide Labiyi, MS, RDCS (AE), Univ. Of Ibodan, HICCUS
Faculty: Triston Thompson, RDCS (AE), RVT, HICCUS
Faculty: Dina Dubose, BS, RVS,RVT, CCT, Brazosport College, Alvin Community College
Faculty: Jessica Murphy,BS RDCS (AE), RCS, CCT, RRT, UT Houston Alvin Community College
Five Semesters/20 Months/2268 Clock Hours.
This program is 73 semester credit hours and offer a certificate upon completion.
CREDENTIALS: RDCS or RCS
Spring, Summer, Fall
Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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.
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.
Retention Rate: 90% Credential Rate: 100% Placement Rate: 82%
Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School is institutionally accredited by (ABHES) the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. https://www.ABHES.org
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.
PROGRAM PREREQUISITE COURSES: Anatomy & Physiology English Composition General Physics Medical Terminology Mathematics PROGRAM CORE COURSES: Medico Legal Issues and Patient Care Sonographic 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
Applications can be submitted to CCI or ARDMS for obtaining credentialing.
Houston Cardiology Associates
Bellaire Family Physicians
The Heart Center
Northwest Memorial Hermann Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
University Of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston
HCA Kingwood Medical Center
Kingspoint Imaging Houston Medical Imaging Pearland
CHI St Luke’s Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
CHI St. Luke’s Sugarland Hospital
Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugarland
Memorial Hermann Hospital Pearland Humble Cardiology Associates ,
Methodist Hospital (Texas Medical Center)
Houston Methodist Physicians Sugarland Cardiology
Memorial Hermann Hospital
| 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. and the Adult Echo specialty registry exam immediately after graduation.
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.