Purpose: The curriculum prepares students to produce diagnostic images of the heart structures and motion to diagnose cardiovascular changes. The echocardiographer uses special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. The echocardiographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist in body image interpretation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations leading to credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS®).
• Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
• Review an online Diagnostic Medical Sonography information session (DMS) .
• Attend a mandatory DMS Prospective Student Workshop prior to application. Students must bring a copy of the DMS Prospective Student Workshop form with them to the workshop.
• Complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology I-II with a "B" or higher.
• Complete ENG 111 College Composition I with a grade of "B" or higher.
• Complete MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or higher level math with a "B" or higher.
• Complete PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I with a "B" or higher.
• Complete SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare with a "B" or higher.
• Complete all courses used to satisfy the science requirements within 10 years of the semester in which verification of the DMS admission process is completed.
• Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.
Students must maintain a minimum of grade C for each course.
1 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.