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Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography

Enroll Now! Start July 2024

Become a Student

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

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease contributed to over 800,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017. As our country’s population ages, the need for skilled cardiac and vascular sonographers to help us assess and monitor heart conditions is greater than ever. With a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (Echo), you could fill this crucial role in healthcare, producing vital images that serve as the doctor’s view of the cardiovascular system.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 36-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in On Campus Ultrasound Labs
  • CCT and ARDMS Registry Prep – Grads are eligible to sit for the SPI, CCT, and ARDMS
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 6 months of Externship Experience
  • Program for A Career in Demand
  • No Prerequisites Required
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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.

Smith Chason College educates the next generations of sonographers using a combination of online and classroom lectures, in-person hands-on lab experiences, and a capstone 6-month externship. In our Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program, students will be taught:

  • Advanced vascular sonography
  • Diseases of the heart, including structural heart disease and adult congenital heart disease
  • Preventive and screening protocols
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Diagnostic evaluation of adult congenital heart defects
  • The role of cardiovascular sonographers in special cardiac imaging procedures
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • How to solve mathematical and computational problems
  • How to relate anatomy and physiology to the field of diagnostic cardiovascular sonography

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
Algebra II ALG202 30 0 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology I AP100 75 0 7.5
Anatomy and Physiology II AP200 75 0 7.5
Biology BIO300 45 0 4.5
Ethics and Leadership ETH300 45 0 4.5
Pathology PATH300 45 0 4.5
Introduction to General Physics PHY210 45 0 4.5
Psychology PSY300 45 0 4.5
Human Growth and Development PSY303 30 0 3.0
Oral Communication OCOM201 30 0 3.0
Statistics STAT202 30 0 3.0
Written Communication WCOM201 30 0 3.0
Advanced Cardiovascular Procedures Lecture ACP301 120 0 8.0
Advanced Vascular Sonography Lecture VAS202 120 0 8.0
Advanced Vascular Sonography Laboratory VAS202L 0 120 6.0
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
Adult Congenital Heart Defects Lecture CAR301 120 0 8.0
Adult Congenital Heart Defects Laboratory CAR301L 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 Preparation Laboratory Advanced II EPL401 0 52 2.5
Externship Preparation Laboratory Advanced III EPL402 0 52 2.5
Externship I (BS) EXT401 0 470 15.5
Externship II (BS) EXT402 0 470 15.5

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the BS Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program will:

  1. Perform complete diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound exams in a variety of clinical settings using appropriate sonographic instrumentation techniques and proper sonographer ergonomics with patient positioning.
  2. Obtain, review, and apply pertinent medical history and supporting laboratory data to facilitate optimal diagnostic findings relative to the presenting indications.
  3. Integrate knowledge of cross-sectional and relational anatomy with physiology, pathophysiology, and pathology as it relates to clinical correlation and appropriate sonographic image acquisition.
  4. Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health.
  5. Document anatomical structure, physiological function, and pathological findings for the interpreting physician.
  6. Exercise the appropriate level of autonomy utilizing critical thinking, problem solving and emotional intelligence to make judgments and decisions related to patient care.
  7. Model culturally sensitive, ethical, and professional behaviors as a member of the healthcare team.
  8. Communicate findings to varied audiences, using effective oral, visual, and written communication skills relevant to performing a vascular sonography exam.
  9. 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 

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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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

    Study and Register for your entrance exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your educational journey