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2024-2025 College Catalog 
2024-2025 College Catalog

Cardiac Sonography, AAS

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Minimum Credits: 69.5
Contact Hours: 92.5-99.5

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 American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS-RDCS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute (CCI-RCS) exams 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.

Admission Requirements:

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. 

General Education Requirements: 16-21 credits

The following courses are required for program eligibility and must be completed with a “C” or better unless otherwise noted:

Minimum Program Credits: 69.5-74.5

Sequence of Cardiac Sonography courses

Program admission required.  Courses must be taken as outlined in the sequence below. 


  • Students may substitute BIO-25000 and BIO-25100 for BIO-23500 and BIO-23600 if previously completed with the requisite grade.
  • A minimum grade of “C+” is required in all Cardiac Sonography (SON) courses, except when the course is Pass/Fail, in which case a “S” grade is the accepted grade.
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated one time only in order to obtain the required minimum grade.
  • Students who wish to apply for the program must meet with their academic advisor in order to begin the application process. Once the advisor releases the student to the health science office, they will be provided with the program application to fill out. Applications are received until May 15th of each year. Late applications will be accepted if seats are available after all on-time applicants have been evaluated. Acceptance notifications will be emailed to students via their Kirtland email account. Note: If applicants exceed the number of available seats in the program, students will be ranked.
  • Students are ranked for acceptance into the program based on: (1) anticipated date of completion of prerequisite course work; (2) G.P.A of required prerequisite courses.
  • Students accepted to the Cardiac Sonography program will be required to complete a preliminary background check. A fee for this is 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.
  • Background check and drug testing of all students will be required prior to clinical site placement.
  • Immunization records, physical examination, and BLS are required prior to clinical placement.
  • There are abilities (with or without accommodation) that a student in this program must have. Please visit the “Required Abilities and Immunizations” information on the Cardiac Sonography website. Forms are provided upon application to the program.

Students should seek additional information and/or advising from their academic advisor. For an appointment, please call (989) 275-5000, ext. 280.

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