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Academic Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography

Enroll Now! Start April 2024

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Nothing in our bodies works without the heart, which makes taking care of it a vital part of our long-term health.

The use of cardiovascular sonography has become essential in the realm of preventative medicine, allowing medical providers to assess the health of that all-important organ: our heart. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease contributed to over 800,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017. In Smith Chason College’s Academic Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program, you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to pursue an in-demand career as a cardiovascular sonographer.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 21-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in On Campus Ultrasound Labs
  • CCT and ARDMS Registry Preparation
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 6 months of Externship Experience
  • No Prerequisites Required
  • Education for A Career in Demand
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We are a true partner in your journey to becoming part of the medical imaging profession.

For over 25 years, the founders of Smith Chason College have made it our mission to produce graduates who display academic excellence with the highest levels of integrity.

The associate degree program in cardiovascular sonography at Smith Chason College features an up-to-date curriculum that combines online and in-person education, including hands-on experience in our lab settings and placement in a qualified externship. In our Associate Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program, students will be taught: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation 
  • Cardiovascular Sonography 
  • Vascular sonography 
  • Diseases of the heart 
  • Preventive and screening protocols 
  • Electrocardiography (EKG) 
  • Problem-solving techniques in the basic concepts and principles of physical science 
  • Entry-level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing cardiac ultrasound procedures 
  • Ethics and professionalism 
  • Gain hands-on experience alongside your peers in on-campus ultrasound labs utilizing a variety of industry-standard ultrasound machines 

Our mission and values at Smith Chason College are about promoting the academic excellence and integrity of our graduates in a way that is supportive and contributes positively to our students’ lives. We are here for you, to get you the healthcare education you need for success. 

At Smith Chason College, our commitment to comprehensive education extends beyond the classroom. Through our externship and clinical programs, we seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience, empowering our students to thrive in their respective fields. Collaborating with esteemed hospitals and clinics nationwide, we offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced mentors. Whether aspiring to become proficient sonographers, MRI technologists, nurses, or healthcare professionals, our students gain invaluable real-life experience, ensuring they emerge as exceptional practitioners prepared to meet the demands of their chosen profession. 

These immersive experiences are typically conducted toward the end of the program, allowing students to apply their accumulated knowledge in real-world settings. Moreover, these opportunities often serve as a gateway to potential job opportunities, enabling students to forge connections and establish themselves within their chosen field even before graduation. At Smith Chason College, we believe in equipping our students with not only the requisite skills but also the practical experience and industry connections necessary for a successful career in healthcare. 

Course Name Course # Lecture Hours Lab/Externship Hours Credit Hours
Algebra I ALG201 30 0 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology I AP100 75 0 7.5
Anatomy and Physiology II AP200 75 0 7.5
Oral Communication OCOM201 30 0 3.0
Written Communication WCOM201 30 0 3.0
Electrocardiography CAR220 50 10 3.5
Cardiovascular Sonography Lecture I CAR221 120 0 8.0
Cardiovascular Sonography Laboratory I CAR221L 0 120 6.0
Cardiovascular Sonography Lecture II CAR222 120 0 8.0
Cardiovascular Sonography Laboratory II CAR222L 0 120 6.0
Medical Terminology MT200 48 0 3.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lecture PHY201 120 0 8.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory PHY201L 0 120 6.0
Vascular Sonography Lecture VAS201 120 0 8.0
Vascular Sonography Laboratory VAS201L 0 120 6.0
Externship Preparation Laboratory I EPL201 0 44 2.0
Externship I (AAS) EXT201 0 470 15.5
Externship II (AAS) EXT202 0 470 15.5

 

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the AAS Cardiovascular Sonography program will:

  1. Apply knowledge of patient medical history, laboratory data and clinical indications to facilitate optimal diagnostic findings.
  2. Provide patient education related to diagnostic testing and promote principles of good health.
  3. Integrate knowledge of cross-sectional and relational anatomy with physiology, pathophysiology, and pathology, as it relates to appropriate sonographic image acquisition for accurate diagnosis by the interpreting physician.
  4. Safely perform diagnostic exams using appropriate sonographic instrumentation techniques and proper sonographer ergonomics with patient positioning in a variety of clinical settings.
  5. Exercise discretion, professional judgement, and ethical behavior when performing diagnostic services and communicating with patients and healthcare professionals.
  6. Apply knowledge and skills to register and complete nationally recognized certification exams.

Class schedules are subject to change. Students will be notified of any change prior to the start of the quarter. Not all schedules are available at all campuses. Speak to an admissions representative to learn more about which schedules are available for your requested start date. 

Weekday/Weeknight:   

  • Mornings: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM  
  • Evenings: Monday through Friday, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM 

Weekend:  

  • Saturday – Sunday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM  
  • Friday – May be required 

All applicants must meet the Smith Chason College General Admissions Requirements and pass the entrance exam to be eligible for enrollment.

Entrance Exam  

All applicants for the Associates Cardiovascular Sonography program must pass the Wonderlic entrance exam with a minimum passing score of 21 at all College campuses.

 

Prepare for Your Future at Smith Chason

Our dedicated healthcare professionals are always ready to impart their knowledge towards your development. At Smith Chason College WCUI School of Medical Imaging, we’re committed to ensuring your education continues seamlessly, empowering you with the essential knowledge and skills to stand alongside them.

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    Campus Ultrasound Labs

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    Offsite Externship and MRI Lab Experience

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    Sit for Your Registries

Take the next step

Find the information you need to apply to Smith Chason College on our Admissions Page.

  • STEP 01

    Connect with an Admissions Advisor

  • STEP 02

    Register for your Entrance Exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your Educational Journey