Echocardiology Schools and Courses

Find out what an echocardiology technologist does and where these professionals are usually employed. Get information about training programs and professional certifications. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Echocardiology technologists use very specialized, high tech equipment to examine the heart and blood vessels of medical patients. An associate's degree is typically required for this career, and students can expect to complete a lot of clinical coursework. Most echocardiology technologists work in hospitals or medical centers, but some also are found in diagnostic clinics and doctors' offices.

Training Most commonly, an associate's degree; certificate programs and bachelor's programs are also available
CertificationThe Registered Cardiac Sonographer certification is available from Cardiovascular Credentialing International; American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography grants the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer® (RDCS®) certification.
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* Employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 10%. This is faster than average job growth.

Sources: Cardiovascular Credentialing International, American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Is an Echocardiology Technologist?

Echocardiology technologists are also known as echocardiographers or cardiac sonographers. In this position, you will use ultrasound equipment to analyze the function of the heart. You will prep the patient prior to the procedure to make him or her feel comfortable and you may also be responsible for managing the ultrasound equipment. You will likely find yourself working with doctors to identify the best images for diagnoses.

In addition to your technical skills, you must possess communications skills and effectively interact with doctors and patients. You can work in hospitals, clinics or private offices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals represent the largest employer of echocardiographers (www.bls.gov).

What Education Do I Need?

The majority of educational programs in cardiac sonography are offered at the associate's degree level, although certificates and bachelor's degrees are also available. You might enroll in an associate's or bachelor's degree program in echocardiography or, more commonly, cardiovascular technology. Certificates are awarded in cardiography or cardiovascular sonography. Schools offering these types of programs include:

  • Lone Star College
  • Trocaire College
  • Spokane Community College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • University of South Carolina
  • Howard Community College
  • Loma Linda University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College

What Courses Will I Take?

While enrolled in one of these programs, you will likely take courses in anatomy and physiology, emergency care and patient care. You should also take courses on ultrasound techniques and equipment use. Some programs will provide you with the chance to take courses in specialized areas such as pediatric echocardiography. Specific coursework will include:

  • Ultrasound physics
  • Hemodynamics
  • EKG evaluation
  • Cardiovascular anatomy
  • Ultrasound instrumentation

You can expect your program to require clinical instruction along with classroom instruction. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can find a continuing education certificate that provides the coursework necessary to prepare you for an entry-level position. With a bachelor's degree, you will have a greater opportunity for more clinical, hands-on instruction.

What Certifications Are Available?

You can earn certification from more than one organization in echocardiography. Cardiovascular Credentialing International offers the Registered Cardiac Sonographer certification. Depending on your level of experience, you can be certified in one of five categories. The exam will cover subjects that include use of equipment and characteristics of a healthy and ailing heart. You can also choose to be certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. If you work within a specialty, you can be certified in adult, pediatric or fetal echocardiography.

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