Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Associate of Science Degree
1840 Clock Hours
Training for the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program is delivered utilizing a combination of didactic and practical teaching methodologies via textbook, lecture, laboratory, and hands-on experience. The instruction is intended for students who wish to seek employment as a Registered Diagnostic Sonographer in the specialty of Cardiac Sonography. Topics covered include cardiovascular principles and physics, cardiovascular evaluation methods, anatomy and physiology of the heart and related systems, pathology in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular disease, and proper imaging technique and protocols. The student will be granted an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the program, meeting all course requirements and fulfilling all financial obligations to Dade Medical College. Students may not be remunerated for externship hours. The program does not object to students working in the field outside of assigned school externship hours, as allowed by the state of Florida and professional organizations that award credentials in the field of echocardiography.
The objective of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is to teach the student how to properly and adequately perform an echocardiogram, demonstrating competency and skill in identification and sonographic evaluation of the heart and its different functions, as well as proper imaging technique and protocol. The program will enable the student to prepare to sit for the cardiac specialty, RCS, (Registered Cardiac Sonographer), a credential awarded by the CCI, (Cardiovascular Credentialing International), immediately upon graduation* and/or RDCS, (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer), a credential awarded by the ARDMS, (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography), which would require twelve months of experience.
*CCI has changed this rule effective for any student enrolling after August 31, 2013.