Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

Associate of Applied Science: On Campus

Students will learn how ultrasound of the heart chambers, valves, and vessels are conducted by technologists called cardiovascular sonographers.

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Associate of Applied Science: On Campus

Students will learn how ultrasound of the heart chambers, valves, and vessels are conducted by technologists called cardiovascular sonographers.

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12% career growth rate for Diagnostic Sonography through 2029

12%

CAREER GROWTH RATE

15,600 projected Diagnostic Sonography employment through 2029

15,600

PROJECTED EMPLOYMENT

$68,750 median Diagnostic Sonography income according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

$68,750

MEDIAN INCOME

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Why Choose Parker?

  • Essentials
  • Career Preparation
  • Mission
  • Accreditation

Essentials

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Ultrasound of the heart chambers, valves, and vessels are conducted by technologists called cardiovascular sonographers. They use diagnostic sonography equipment to provide patients with competent medical services and physicians with vascular sonograms or echocardiograms. These exams can be done while the patient is resting or after physical activity. The technologists work under a licensed physician and help assist them in an overall diagnosis of the patient.

The DCS program will accept 15 students a year. The number of students accepted may vary from year to year based upon the number of appropriate clinical sites available for clinical placements throughout the length of the program.

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography start date – January

Career Preparation

  • A focused curriculum that allows for students to master one course at a time.
  • Enrollment is limited to a small number of high-caliber students to ensure personalized attention from instructors.
  • Hands-on clinical experience.
  • Financial aid is available to qualifying students.

The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $72,510 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,430, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $100,480. The average Cardiac Sonographer Salary in Texas $76, 453.

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers can work in a variety of settings which include hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, private physician practices, and imaging centers. Full-time sonographers work 40 hours a week which can include evening, nights, weekends and on-call shifts.

Mission

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program at Parker University provides students with the academic and clinical cardiac knowledge to prepare them for a career in the healthcare industry.

Accreditation

Parker University is institutionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Accreditation is a sign that an institution has met an external set of criteria for its institution. Parker University is also accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in General Sonography.

Registration with American Registry for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (ARDMS) requires passing the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination in addition to passing the Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI) exam. Students will be required to pass the SPI examination before graduation. Upon successful completion of the SPI and CCI exam, students will be eligible to take their ARDMS exam.

Parker University is SACS accredited in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. We are also CAAHEP accredited as a General Ultrasound Program.

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