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About the Cardiac Sonography Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.

Information Packet and Information Sessions

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet prior to viewing the online information session; it will contain complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions.

Selection Process and Application Information

Acceptance to either track in the Cardiac Sonography program is via a competitive selection process. The program accepts a limited number of students per entering class, including students pursuing an associate degree (including the Health Occupations Core Curriculum) and certificate applicants who already have an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Selection is based on GPA, a personal interview and scores on the HESI A2 test, a standardized test used to assess basic academic skills needed to succeed in some health care-related programs.

You must apply to either track of the Cardiac Sonography program by Dec. 31 of each year for classes beginning the following June. 

Online and Distance Learning Options

Course work is available in an online format for your convenience. The Cardiac Sonography program is also offered in a distance education format for eligible individuals who live more than 100 miles from El Centro College or other institutions that offer accredited Cardiac Sonography programs.

Contact Pam Farley in the allied health admissions office for more information about the distance education option.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in allied health programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

See all degrees and certificates in Cardiac Sonography.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations

El Centro’s Cardiac Sonography program, established in 1988, is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Cardiovascular Technology of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Our distance education offering has received numerous awards, including a Live On-line Learning Award and a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. The distance learning option shared in a DCCCD Innovation of the Year Award with other allied health programs from El Centro College.

Our Cardiac Sonography program has been nationally recognized in Radiology Today (January 2005), the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (March/April 2006) and the Community College Week Special Report (February 2006) and has also been featured on KERA and NPR radio broadcasts (February and March 2006).

An application for accreditation for El Centro’s Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Program is in the process of being submitted to the JRC-CVT.

Related Programs

Take a look at other Nursing and Health Care programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Developing Skills for Success

As a Cardiac Sonography student, you’ll attend classroom sessions, get hands-on training in our Ultrasound Scanning Lab and go on field trips to enhance your learning experience. Clinical rotations begin the first week of class.

You’ll rotate through a minimum of three clinical facilities during your training, including metroplex hospitals and cardiology clinics, and you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of ultrasound equipment. You’ll take oral, practical and written exams throughout the program.

Cardiac Sonography classes are held in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing at Market and Pacific streets, one block northwest from the main campus. The center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Faculty Profiles

Cardiac Sonography faculty members have relevant degrees as well as experience in the profession, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career.

See profiles of some of our Cardiac Sonography faculty.

Transfer Information

The Cardiac Sonography program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Additional Information

See links to echocardiography-related professional organizations and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Cardiac Sonography program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.