Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree Program
Stautzenberger College offers a comprehensive, hands-on program to help you develop the skills to work as a cardiovascular medical sonographer using ultrasound imaging equipment to “see” inside the body non-invasively.
10 Reasons to Become a Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonographer or Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- It is a very rewarding career. Sonographers can make a difference in the diagnosis and management of patients.
- It is never boring as Sonographers meet different patients with different anatomy and challenges as they get to see inside of the human body evaluating the human organs in their normal and abnormal states.
- Sonography is a growing technology in terms of career track.: 3D, 4D, harmonic imaging, Elastography, breast sonography, musculoskeletal sonography and invasive ultrasound guided procedures and therapeutic applications. Veterinary Sonography is also a growing field.
- Sonography is continuously advancing because of the innovations in computers and software. Machines are more friendly, portable and ergonomic.
- Sonography is becoming more popular for Physicians because of lower cost, minimal patient preparations, minimal time used, and safety in the absence of radiation exposure.
- Sonographers are respected in the medical community because of the value they bring with their skill set in patient diagnosis.
- Sonographer’s potential salary, according to O'Net for the Ohio area, is between $48,160 $79,380 a year. (https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2032.00 -retrieved 9/26/2017)
- There are numerous opportunities for sonographers: in hospitals, diagnostic centers, mobile units, Doctor’s clinics, and Ultrasound machine manufactures (as an application specialist or educator).
- Flexible work schedules are available as many companies like hospitals, doctor’s clinics and mobile ultrasound units hire on part-time scheduling or when necessary. you can work as full-time or part-time
- There are opportunities to advance your career without having to go back to school.
The Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350
Program length – 21 months
The program includes a blend of academic and clinical classes to help you understand the art and science of sonography. You’ll study cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular pathology, EKG interpretation, patient care, and common protocols for cardiovascular exams. The program includes an externship component, which includes a progressive supervised clinical training experience in a clinical environment.
This comprehensive program also includes course work in general education to meet the requirements of an associate degree.
Also known as cardiac ultrasound technicians, diagnostic cardiovascular sonography is one of the most dynamic and fascinating careers available in medical imaging. The cardiovascular sonographer operates highly technical equipment using high frequency sound waves, commonly known as ultrasound, to produce accurate and appropriate anatomic and physiologic images that aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions associated with the cardiovascular system. Sonographers may work in different environments, including hospitals, cardiovascular clinics and independent cardiac testing centers.
Demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 14% with 27,500 new job openings through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16
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