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Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Diploma

Enroll Now! Start July 2024

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Every year, around 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect.

Smith Chason's Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease program offers a comprehensive understanding of congenital heart disease and pediatric echocardiography. Completable in just 9 months, it equips graduates to work as entry-level pediatric echo sonographers, preparing them for the ARDMS registry exam.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 9-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in On Campus Ultrasound Labs
  • ARDMS (PE) Registry Preparation
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 6 months of Externship Experience
  • Applicants must have graduated from a cardiac ultrasound program or be a registered cardiac sonographer
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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.

Through classroom lectures and hands-on experience, including an externship, students in the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease program will learn:

  • Cardiac fetal embryology
  • Congenital Heart Pathology
  • Pediatric cardiac anatomy/ physiology and hemodynamics
  • Principles of pediatric echocardiographic imaging
  • Scanning protocols using the segmental approach in the diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Pathophysiology & echocardiographic evaluation of congenital heart lesions and acquired cardiac disease in the pediatric population
  • Systematic ultrasound assessment of the pediatric heart
  • How to demonstrate critical thinking and technological skills to meet the needs of a changing, culturally diverse society
  • Entry-level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of pediatric and adult patients with congenital and acquired cardiac defects.
  • Gain hands-on experience alongside your peers in on-campus ultrasound labs utilizing a variety of industry-standard ultrasound machines

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. 

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease diploma 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 judgement, 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.

In addition to meeting the College’s general entrance requirements, Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound program applicants must also:

  • Provide proof of graduation from an accredited Adult Cardiac Ultrasound program, or be a cardiac sonographer registered through ARDMS or CCI.
  • Interview with the Program Director, or the Assistant Program Director.

Entrance Exam  

All applicants for the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound Diploma 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 the Smith Chason College School of Nursing 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