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San Marcos, CA Campus

Bachelor of Science in Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography

Enrolling Soon! Next Start Coming January 2025

Become a Student

Improving heart health through early diagnosis can help prevent serious complications.

With the aging population, skilled echocardiographers are in high demand to monitor and treat age-related heart conditions. The Bachelor of Science in Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography program is crafted to meet the evolving demands of modern healthcare providers. Our comprehensive program aims to advance your expertise in the field of echocardiography, enhancing your clinical skills and broadening your employment prospects in both pediatric and adult echocardiography settings.

What to Expect

  • 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(AE) and (PE)
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 9 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.

In the Bachelor of Science in Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography program, you will gain comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to perform advanced echocardiographic examinations. The program spans 36 months, including 1410 hours of externships, where you will receive hands-on education at medical institutions such as UCLA, USC, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Echocardiographic Examination Proficiency: You will learn to conduct thorough echocardiographic examinations using both pediatric and adult protocols, adhering to the latest clinical standards, guidelines, and quantification techniques.
  • Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology: The curriculum covers normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy and physiology, including congenital and acquired heart diseases, to help you accurately diagnose and understand various cardiac conditions.
  • Communication of Findings: You will develop the ability to communicate critical echocardiographic findings through both verbal and written preliminary reports, utilizing precise medical terminology.
  • Professionalism and Ethical Conduct: Emphasis is placed on exercising discretion, professional judgment, and ethical behavior in clinical settings, ensuring you can effectively interact with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Registry Exam Preparation: Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ARDMS examinations in pediatric and adult echocardiography and CCI certification exam. In addition, registry preparation including support registering for the exam and reviews are available for Smith Chason students

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. 

In the Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography program, students will have the ability to complete externship rotations in an adult echocardiography setting and a pediatric echocardiography setting to get experience with both patient types.

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
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
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
Introduction to Pediatric Echocardiography Lecture PED201 120 0 8.0
Introduction to Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory PED201L 0 120 6.0
Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography Lecture I PED301 120 0 8.0
Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory I PED301L 0 120 6.0
Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography Lecture II PED302 120 0 8.0
Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory II PED302L 0 120 6.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lecture PHY201 120 0 8.0
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory PHY201L 0 120 6.0
Externship Preparation Laboratory I EPL201 0 44 2.0
Externship Preparation Laboratory Advanced II EPL403 0 52 2.5
Externship I (BS) Adult Cardiovascular EXT403 0 470 15.5
Externship II (BS) Adult Cardiovascular EXT404 0 470 15.5
Externship I (BS) Pediatric Echo EXT405 0 470 15.5

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the BS Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography program will:

  1. Perform a comprehensive echocardiographic examination utilizing appropriate pediatric and adult protocols, clinical standards and guidelines, and quantification techniques.
  2. Apply knowledge of normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy/physiology, including congenital and acquired cardiac disease, while performing an echocardiogram.
  3. Communicate critical echocardiographic findings via verbal and written preliminary reports, utilizing appropriate medical terminology.
  4. Exercise discretion, professional judgment, and ethical behavior when performing clinical assessments and communicating with patients and healthcare professionals.
  5. Apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities to register and complete the ARDMS and/or CCI certification examinations in pediatric and adult echocardiography.

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 Bachelor Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography program must pass the Wonderlic entrance exam with a minimum passing score of:

  • 325 (Verbal)
  • 275 (Quantitative)

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

    Study and Register for your entrance exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your educational journey