Cardiac sonographers use ultrasound to obtain images of the heart, called an echocardiogram. These images can help a doctor to diagnose any blockages or abnormalities in the heart or in the flow of blood within the arteries around the heart. Cardiac sonographers use their knowledge, technical skills and critical thinking ability to see the subtle differences in the anatomy of the heart that physicians, mainly cardiologists, will need in diagnosing the patient. They may also learn other procedures, such as EKG, stress testing, or perform Holter monitor procedures to test the heart.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
Jackson College offers an associate degree in cardiac sonography, necessary to prepare students to sit for board exams. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to apply to the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) for board examinations that will award them the RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer) credential. Cardiac sonography is a second-admit program, meaning that students will complete certain general studies and prerequisites before applying for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and based on a point system. Jackson College’s program is online. Students in the program will complete clinical experiences in local hospitals as part of their curriculum.
Starting wages are about $44,990 a year, with median wages of $65,860.
Sonographers are in demand in today’s job market. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects 46 percent job growth through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.