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Cardiac Sonography at a Glance

What does a cardiac sonographer do?

  • Uses ultrasound to create images of patients’ cardiac systems called echocardiograms, used by doctors to diagnose cardiovascular problems
  • Presents summary of findings to doctors to use in patient diagnosis, explains test procedures and may assist physicians in performing other procedures
  • Has hands-on work conducting non-invasive procedures, sometimes with critically ill patients, interacting with both patients and medical staff

What is the career outlook?

  • Cardiac sonographers, or cardiographers, usually work in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices
  • Typical five-day, 40-hour work week may include weekends, nights or on-call hours
  • In Texas: 41 percent projected job growth through 2020; median salaries $24.72 per hour or $51,420 annually*
    Dallas County: median salaries $24.22 per hour or $50,380 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

Cardiac Sonography program

Awards and coursework Brookhaven El Centro Mountain View Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
Adult Cardiac Sonography Associate in Applied Sciences Degree X 60 
Adult Cardiac Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate X 35 
Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Associate in Applied Sciences Degree X 60 
Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate X 35 
Continuing Education coursework for specific skills trainingXXX varied
Although certification or licensure isn’t required to work as an cardiac sonographer in the state of Texas, many employers prefer to hire those who’ve obtained voluntary certification through  Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).  Certification can be obtained by successful completion of either the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) board examinations.  For more information, visit the American Society of Echocardiography website

Measures of effectiveness El Centro
Licensure exam pass rates for students attending**

Licensure/Certification through the Texas Department of Health or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Employment rates for College graduates***100%

What are the program prerequisites?

Here is a link to the current course catalog listing all of the prerequisites, courses included and the length of the program.  Adult Cardiac Sonography AAS and Pediatric Cardiac Sonography AAS

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Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Acceptance to the credit Echocardiology Technology program is by a competitive selection process based on a weighted point system.
  • Learn more about Cardiac Sonography.

*America’s Career Infonet 2011 data for cardiovascular technologists and technicians
**Licensure Data Reporting System from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2009-2010
***Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Perkins 2012-2013