Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

Our 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.


Career Growth Rate

10% career growth rate for Diagnostic Sonography through 2031 Source

Projected Employment

Projected employment for diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is 140,400 by 2031 Source

Median Income

$75,380 median Diagnostic Sonography income according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Choose Parker


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 – September

State Licensure

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.

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.


At Parker, we hold ourselves to higher standards. Through rigorous standards, constant innovation and an impulse to serve, we elevate health care education. Together, we are in the pursuit of higher health.