Certificate Program (121.5 Quarter Credits / 76 Weeks / 1950 Clock Hours )
The Cardiovascular Sonography program at Medical Career Institute is programmatically accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Enrolling students need to refer to credentialing agency requirements in order to check credentialing exam eligibility. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to become skilled entry-level cardiovascular technicians, and work effectively in the health care environment. It includes well balanced on-campus classroom hours, on-campus (work-simulated) imaging laboratory component, off-campus integrated patient care clinical experience and clinical externship. Clinical sites include hospitals, imaging centers and doctor’s offices.
To prepare competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for adult echocardiography and to prepare competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for non-invasive vascular study.
- Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
- Demonstrate ability to work with varying stress levels and work interruptions.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills during the performance of sonographic procedures.
- Demonstrate correct positioning of patients and proper scanning procedures for sonographic examination.
- Accurately record all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and the healthcare team.
- Demonstrate appropriate patient care and promote overall well-being.
- Act in a professional manner within recognized ethical and legal standards maintaining confidentiality.
- Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge from classroom in clinical setting
- Develop self-evaluation and uphold professional development.
All candidates must be at least eighteen (18) years of age before enrolling.
All candidates must have a valid government issued picture ID and a Social Security card
All candidates must possess at a minimum a High School Diploma (High School Transcripts showing graduation date), or copy of General Education Diploma (GED). Foreign graduates in addition must present certified English translation of required documents and evaluation confirming that the documents meet U.S. equivalency.
All candidates must be interviewed by an admission’s representative and/or program director to review and discuss the program and prerequisites needed for enrollment.
All candidates must complete and sign pre-enrollment documents.
All candidates must sign the Enrollment Agreement and pay the appropriate application/registration fees.
College Degree or College Credits, Admission’s Assessment Exam, Health Clearance and Immunizations, Cleared Criminal Background Check, Negative Drug Screening Results are required prior to the program acceptance.
Additional Admission Requirements
Candidates applying into the Cardiovascular Sonography program that do not possess a college degree must have at least 40 college credits obtained in the last five years.
Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher educational level are exempt from the admission assessment exam. All other candidates must complete and pass the admission assessment exam.
Consideration for acceptance into the program includes a review of applicants college transcripts, admission assessment exam results and letters of recommendation.
Physical and Technical Standards:
Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English to with patients, doctors and other personnel through speech, reading, and writing.
Ability to assist patients on and off exam tables, wheel chairs, etc.
Ability to regularly stand, walk, sit, kneel, squat, bend/stoop, use hands and fingers to handle or feel.
No limitations in the use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders.
Ability to manipulate dials, buttons, and switches.
Ability to distinguish audible sounds.
Ability to distinguish multiple shades of grey and colors.
Ability to read fine print with or without visual aid.
At the completion of the program,
the diligent student will be:
Proficient in performing entry-level ultrasound technician tasks and responsibilities.
Awarded a Certificate of Completion of Cardiovascular Sonography program.
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam, administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an Abdomen (AB) specialty, administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Establish eligibility to test for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential with an OB/GYN (OB) specialty, administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Able to seek entry-level employment in facilities such as hospital’s ultrasound departments, imaging center, clinics and doctors’ offices after passing credentialing exams.
Data is based on the 2017-2018 Reporting Period
Retention Rate: 94%
Credentialing Rate: 82%
Placement Rate: 82%
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