Certificate Program (121.5 Quarter Credits / 76 Weeks / 1950 Clock Hours )
The Cardiovascular Technology program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the the Adult Echocardiography and Noninvasive Vascular Study concentrations. Enrolling students need to refer to credentialing agency requirements in order to check credentialing exam eligibility. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to become skilled entry-level cardiovascular technicians, and work effectively in the health care environment. It includes well balanced on-campus classroom hours, on-campus (work-simulated) imaging laboratory component, off-campus integrated patient care clinical experience and clinical externship. Clinical sites include hospitals, imaging centers and doctor’s offices.
Cohort Start Dates:
March 2024 - Morning
September 2024 - Evening
March 2025 - Morning
September 2025 - Evening
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday - Thursday
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
All candidates must be at least eighteen (18) years of age before enrolling.
All candidates must have a valid government issued picture ID and a Social Security card.
All candidates must complete and sign pre-enrollment documents.
All candidates must possess a High School Diploma (High School Transcripts showing graduation date), or copy of General Education Diploma (GED). Foreign graduates must present a certified English translation of required documents and evaluation confirming that the documents meet U.S. equivalency.
Candidates enrolling to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must have at least 40 college credits obtained in the last five years including a higher mathematics, English, and science classes. Foreign candidates in addition must present certified English translation of required documents and an evaluation confirming that the degree meets U.S. educational equivalency.
All candidates must be interviewed by an admission’s representative and/or program director to review and discuss the program and prerequisites needed for enrollment.
All candidates must complete health clearance and immunizations, must have cleared background check and negative drug screening. Results may be required prior to the program acceptance.
All candidates must sign the Enrollment Agreement and pay the appropriate application/registration fees.
Physical and Technical Standards:
Ability to read fine print with or without visual aid.
Ability to assist patients on and off exam tables, wheel chairs, etc.
No limitations in the use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders.
Ability to manipulate dials, buttons, and switches.
Ability to distinguish multiple shades of grey and colors.
Ability to distinguish audible sounds.
Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English to with patients, doctors and other personnel through speech, reading, and writing.
Ability to regularly stand, walk, sit, kneel, squat, bend/stoop, use hands and fingers to handle or feel.
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam, administered by the American Registry for Sonography (ARDMS).
Able to seek entry-level employment in facilities such as hospital’s ultrasound departments, imaging center, clinics and doctors’ offices after passing credentialing exams.
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an Abdomen (AB) specialty, administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Proficient in performing entry-level ultrasound technician tasks and responsibilities.
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an OB/GYN (OB) specialty, administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Awarded a Certificate of Completion of Cardiovascular Sonography program.
To prepare competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for adult echocardiography and to prepare competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for non-invasive vascular study.
Objectives of the Program:
Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
Demonstrate ability to work with varying stress levels and work interruptions.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills during the performance of sonographic procedures.
Demonstrate correct positioning of patients and proper scanning procedures for sonographic examination.
Accurately record all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and the healthcare team.
Demonstrate appropriate patient care and promote overall well-being.
Act in a professional manner within recognized ethical and legal standards maintaining confidentiality.
Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge from classroom in clinicals setting.
Develop self-evaluation and uphold professional development.