Get Started in the Cardiac Sonography Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Application and Admission to the Program

The program accepts a limited number of students per entering class, including students pursuing an associate degree and certificate applicants who already have an associate or bachelor’s degree.

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

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet
  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 
  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for all allied health programs at El Centro College. Specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs is included in each packet.

Information Packet and Information Sessions

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

Distance Learning Options

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.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations

The Cardiac Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Fla. 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT, 1449 Hill St., Whitinsville, Ma. 01588-1032, Phone: 978-456-5594).      

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 professional organizations related to cardiac sonography.

Contact Us

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