Cardiac Sonography - AAS Degree
If you are interested in being an integral part of a medical team, using state-of-the-art equipment, and providing vital imaging services to physicians, consider a rewarding career in cardiac sonography. Those who work in this career are known as echocardiologists.
What is the Role of a Cardiac Sonographer?
These medical professionals are specially trained to use hand-held devices that produce and record images of the heart's chambers, valves, and movements. These devices, known as transducers, use sound waves that move through a patient's chest to create multidimensional pictures and video imagery. This work may also include assisting a doctor who inserts a probe down a patient's esophagus for related images. Trained and certified echocardiologist may assist in operating ultrasonography machinery, too.
Doctors utilize these images as an important part of the diagnosis and treatment process, which can help saves lives.
These experts in cardiac sonography can expect to earn a median pay of $67,080 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is expected that over the next decade there will be a need for an additional 18,000 of these medical professionals, indicating excellent job outlook and opportunities.
Cardiac Sonography Degree Program Overview
With a combination of online training, residential classrooms, and clinical hands-on training, you'll be prepared to begin your career in less than two years with the Cardiac Sonography Degree Program at our Houston Northwest Campus. The designed program length is 96 weeks.
This program integrates classroom theory, laboratory training, and the practical clinical experience you'll need to be qualified to begin your career in echotechnology . You'll learn the skills you need to be prepared for the Cardiovascular Credentialing Exam as well as lifelong employment in the medical industry.
Financial aid is also available for those students who qualify. Friendly staff is available to help you determine eligibility and guide you through the application process.
What Skills will I Learn in the Cardiac Sonography Program?
With a CS degree, you’ll gain in-depth understanding and technical capabilities in echotechnology. You'll benefit from hands-on training and personal mentorship that results from working closely with seasoned medical professionals.
CHCP's Cardiac Sonography program teaches professional skills that include:
- Proper echocardiogram procedure
- Ability to obtain and record accurate patient history
- Capability to perform cardiac ultrasounds
- Understanding of oral and/or written summaries of technical findings
- Methods for assisting physicians in medical diagnosis
- Compassionate and effective interaction skills with patients
Echocardiologist Credentialing and Accreditation
Upon completion of the Cardiac Sonography Degree Program, you will be prepared for professional certification, which most employers will expect when hiring diagnostic imaging technologists. Certification is available through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
In order to receive credentials for this career, it is necessary to graduate from the program and pass an examination. Since each credential is specialized, many technologists will recent at least one or more certification. Employers also often require applicants to earn a basic life support certification as well.
Licensure is final step for some echocardiologists to qualify for employment in some states. The requirements vary by state, so it is important to contact your local state medical board to learn more.