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Echocardiography Program

An echocardiogram, often referred to in the medical community as a cardiac ECHO or simply an ECHO, is a sonogram of the heart. Also known as a cardiac ultrasound, it uses standard ultrasound techniques to image two-dimensional slices of the heart. The latest ultrasound systems now employ 3D real-time imaging.


South Suburban College’s Echocardiography Program will provide students with an opportunity to become entry level skilled technicians in Echocardiography. Technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular ailments. Graduates will be prepared for licensure and work as an entry level cardiac technician. Approval for the Echocardiography AAS Degree by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is pending.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a need from 2000 to 2010 for an additional 16,000 cardiac technicians. Employment growth for sonographers is growing faster-than-average. Salaries for those with less than one year of experience are $20 to $22 an hour in Southern Illinois. Median annual salaries range from $40,000-$53,000.

Program Admission Requirements

The applicant must:

  1. Complete the Prerequisites:
    • ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric
    • BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • FAD 205 Emergency Care and Safety or CPR
    • PHY 115 Topics in Applied Physics
  2. Submit an SSC application/registration form and forward all high school as well as other college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Registration.
  3. Admissions to the Echocardiography Program will be determined by a ranking of the grade point averages (GPA) of the program prerequisite courses. Students will be considered for admissions who have received at least a grade of “C” or better in all program prerequisites and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (A = 4.0). All final course grades will be validated prior to the start of the program.
  4. Submit an Echocardiography application to the program by mail or in person (Room 4457) no later than April 15th prior to the fall semester anticipating admissions. Please visit SSC’s website to obtain an application to the program.
  5. You will be notified in writing of your admission status no later than May 15th.
  6. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Be advised that Biology must be completed within the last 5 years to satisfy the program requirements.

Students must finish all prerequisite courses by December prior to the fall semester of the year you are seeking admission. Students must complete all Echocardiography program courses and general education courses with a “C” or better.

Pre-Requisites Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PHY 115 Topics in Applied Physics 3
Total Credit Hours: 10
General Education Requirements
(Prior to entering program)
HIT 102 Medical Terminology 1
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
PHL 102 Humanities Requirement 3
BIO 186 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Credit Hours: 14

Once admitted into the Echocardiography Program, students will be asked to complete a criminal background check and a possible drug screening, Students are responsible for these fees. Eligibility of internship sites might be dependent on results of the criminal background and drug screening results.

To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Katherine Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2306.

Echocardiography Program Links

General Education Links

For More Information

Download the Echocardiography Program Brochure

For questions regarding the ECG Program, please call the Health Professions Department at 708-596-2000 x 2204.

To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Katherine Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at ext. 2306.

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