A Cardiac Sonographer (Echo cardiographer) is a health care professional who uses high frequency sound waves to obtain diagnostic recordings and measurements from the ultrasound image of the heart; this data is used by a physician to diagnose and treat various health care problems. A thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics, and pathophysiology is required. This program leads to an Associate in Applied Science – Cardiac Sonography degree, and prepares the students to be eligible for the Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute (CCI) exam to obtain their registry. There are special admission requirements to the Sonography program; it is the student's responsibility to understand the requirements and to adhere to them as listed below.
To be admitted to the Cardiac Sonography program a separate application is required. Applications can be obtained online and are accepted by the Health Sciences office between February 1 and April 1. All prerequisite and general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, except for Anatomy & Physiology which requires a grade of C+ or better. Students eligible for admission will be ranked by the date in which Cardiac Sonography was declared to be their program of study (either on original application or by the program of study update form). Students will be admitted in cohort groups. Students who are admitted to the program must plan to take the courses in sequence and include summer semester. No waiting list is maintained for this program. Students must reapply each semester if not accepted into the program for the semester requested. The College reserves the right to extend the application period when warranted.
General Education Requirements: 16-20 credits
The following courses are required for program eligibility and must be completed with a "C" or better unless otherwise noted:
Students who have completed BIO 23500 and BIO 23600 with the required grade may substitute these courses for the listed Anatomy and Physiology requirements.
A minimum grade of "C+" is required in all Cardiac Sonography (SON) courses.
Students accepted to the Cardiac Sonography program will be required to submit to a complete criminal background fingerprinting review. A fee for this may be required. Felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions may prohibit admission to the Cardiac Sonography program due to the inability to place students with certain convictions in clinical facilities.
There are abilities (with or without accommodation) that a student in this program must have. Please visit the "Required Program Performance Standards" on the Cardiac Sonography website. Forms are provided upon application to the program.
Prerequisite courses may be repeated one time only in order to obtain the required minimum grade.
The preceding information is applicable for students entering the program in the 2017-2018 school year. Students entering the program in future years will be subject to the requirements outlined in the applicable catalog.
Students must maintain current Professional Provider CPR certification.
Students should seek additional information and/or advising from their academic advisor. For an appointment, please call (989) 275-5000, ext. 280.