Cardiac Sonography Degree and Certificates

Associate Degrees

The first year of the curriculum for both associate degrees consists of El Centro’s Health Occupations Core Curriculum. You must complete these general education and health occupations courses before you apply for entrance to the specialized portion of the program. The second year of the curriculum provides intensive classroom and clinical training in the medical specialty of cardiac sonography. The Adult Cardiac Sonography A.A.S. can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student.

* The Pediatric track is a three-year commitment, since you must have completed the Adult Cardiac Sonography A.A.S. from El Centro College to enter this degree option. As it is not taught every semester, please check with the program director to see if this degree is currently offered.


You may qualify for one of these certificates if you have already earned a minimum of an associate degree in a designated allied health field or a bachelor’s degree with a major in a science discipline and have substantial patient care experience: 

* As it is not taught every semester, please check with the program director to see if this certificate is currently offered.

Prospective students are considered individually to determine if they have an adequate background in anatomy and physiology, college algebra, pathophysiology, pharmacology and physics. A background in basic electrocardiography (ECG) is also required.


Graduates of the Cardiac Sonography program may take one of two credentialing examinations, both recognized by the American Medical Association, though employers may have a preference: 

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).