Our comprehensive Cardiac Sonography program at the Sacramento Ultrasound Institute offers hands-on training and expert guidance from experienced faculty. Delve into echocardiography principles, interpret sonographic images with precision, and develop the skills to excel in cardiovascular diagnostics. Join us for a rewarding career in cardiac imaging and make a difference in patients’ lives. Enroll now to unveil the secrets of the heart with unwavering precision and compassion.
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Program Hours: 1720 Hours
Program Length: 72 Weeks
Credits: 120 Credits
Credential Awarded: Associates in Applied Sciences Degree
This program is new and has not had enough time to publish performance rates at this time.
It brings me immense joy to welcome you to a program that is at the intersection of advanced technology and compassionate patient care.
Cardiac sonography is more than just imaging; it’s about understanding the heart’s language and providing insights that can save lives. At SUI, we’ve crafted a program that not only equips you with the technical know-how but also instills a deep sense of responsibility and empathy towards every patient.
Our seasoned faculty, cutting-edge labs, and immersive clinical experiences are meticulously designed to mold you into a top-tier cardiac sonographer. Whether you’re transitioning from another medical field or starting fresh, our program promises a comprehensive and enriching learning journey.
Dive into the world of cardiac imaging with us, and let’s work together to make a tangible difference in cardiac care.
The Cardiac Sonography program consists of 72 weeks of training excluding any holidays and scheduled breaks. The program includes lectures, laboratories, and clinical education. The curriculum prepares students with the theoretical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities required to work in the health allied medical field as an entry-level Cardiac Sonographer.
The student receives eight hundred (800) hours of didactic and lab instruction and nine hundred and twenty (920) hours of clinical education allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use. The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. In addition, the program prepares students to take the ARDMS specialty exam through ARDMS.
The mission of Cardiac Sonography Program at Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is to take a holistic approach to providing a quality educational experience. The program prepares students to take the national board exam, become entry-level echocardiographers, and be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for providing excellent patient care and working on a health care team.
Clinical training is an integral part of the Cardiac Sonography program. Students will gain hands-on experience in real-world clinical settings under the guidance of experienced professionals. This training will enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios, develop proficiency in operating ultrasound equipment, and refine their patient care skills. The clinical training component plays a crucial role in preparing students for a successful career in Cardiac Sonography.
General Admissions Requirements
Cardiac Sonography Admissions Requirements
To find out if your course meets the program prerequisite or transfer requirements. Click here and access our Transfer Credit Articulation Database for more information. Please visit our Admissions page for program start dates and application window and register for a webinar info session to start your enrollment process.
Sacramento Ultrasound Institute's Cardiac Sonography program is accredited by CAAHEP and is approved by BPPE. This accreditation ensures that our program meets stringent educational standards, providing students with a high-quality learning experience and improving their credibility in the job market.
The Cardiac Sonography program is designed to meet the requirements categorized by ARDMS as “Pre-requisite #2“:
Certification through CCI
Earning a Registered Cardiac Sonography (RCS) credential through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) can be accomplished through multiple pathways. The SUI DMSA and concentrated Cardiac Sonography program meet the qualification requirements for RCS5. See Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for more details.
Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,100 openings for diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
The median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $60,570 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,070.
The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $77,740 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $59,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,650.
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Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is dedicated to supporting students’ career aspirations. Our career services team provides personalized guidance to students, assisting them in job searches, resume preparation, interview skills, and networking. We maintain a strong network of affiliations with medical facilities and organizations, offering students valuable opportunities for internships and potential employment after graduation.
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