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Cardiac Sonography Associate in Applied Science

Cardiac Sonography – Associate in Applied Science (CSON.AAS)

A cardiac sonographer (echocardiographer) is the allied health professional who, after an extensive and comprehensive educational process, is qualified to perform an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). The primary role of the cardiac sonographer is to obtain diagnostic recordings and measurements from the ultrasound image of the heart, including hemodynamic information. This individual assumes great responsibility for the performance of this exam. The techniques for obtaining the required images and recordings require great skill. A thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics, and pathophysiology is required.

The cardiac sonography program is an online program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the United States. It is a program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The curriculum consists of integrated didactic and clinical coursework with a minimum of 1,136 supervised clinical hours with an approved clinical education affiliate. This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a cardiac sonographer with positions located in hospitals, medical clinics, and other diagnostic imaging facilities. Upon success 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.

There are special admission requirements to the sonography programs, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Entry into a program is competitive and based on a “point system.” Point values are based on grades earned in prerequisite coursework and the interview process.

Applications are processed according to the following:

  • Applications must be received by the Allied Health Office by August 31.
  • Questionnaires will be mailed to eligible applicants.
  • Completed questionnaires must be returned by the stated due date.
  • DMS Admission Committee conducts interviews.
  • Students are notified by mail of application/interview results.
  • Accepted students begin winter semester.

General education prerequisites and related requirement courses must be completed before admission to the program.

Minimum credits69
Minimum cumulative GPA2.0
Minimum grade in all courses2.0
Minimum grade in BIO 132 or BIO 155 or
BIO 253/254, HOC 130 and MOA 120
3.0
Minimum JC credits33
MACRAO AgreementNo

ADO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

ADO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning (4-8 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ADO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, the principles which govern them and their implications for the present and future (3 credits)

Take the following:

ADO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity (3 credits)

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ADO 7: Think critically

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 8: Make responsible decisions in personal and professional contexts (1-3 credits)

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ADO 9: Work productively with others, recognizing individual contributions to group success

Program courses meet this requirement.

ADO 10: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Program courses, HOC 130 or COM 231 or COM 240, meet this requirement.


Cardiac Sonography Related Requirements – (15 credits)

Take the following:

Cardiac Sonography Core Requirements – (33 credits)

Take the following:

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* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit our web site for current assessment options and requirements.

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