Echocardiography Program

Echocardiography or cardiac sonography, is a medical test that uses sound waves of high frequencies (ultrasonic) to create moving and still images of the heart. These pictures show the size and shape of the heart. They also show how well the heart’s chambers and valves and other structures are working. Echocardiography has become an important tool in diagnosing or helping diagnose and so many heart diseases and conditions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a growth of the medical sonography industry of 24% above average from 2014 to 2024. Employment growth for sonographers is also growing faster than average. Mean annual salaries is roughly $63,000 or $30 per hour.

NOTE: Admission to the College does not guarantee admission into the program.

Mission

To prepare competent entry-level cardiac sonographers both in diagnostic echocardiographic knowledge and scanning skills.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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. Graduates of SSC Echocardiography Program will be able to:

  • perform thorough echocardiographic studies with all modalities e.g. two-dimensional, color/Doppler.
  • apply concepts of ultrasound physics when performing echocardiographic imaging.
  • obtain quality images with high efficiency.
  • recognize abnormal echocardiographic findings.
  • demonstrate appropriate ergonomics when imaging.
  • communicate with patients effectively.
  • communicate effectively with doctors and health care staff.
  • maintain a safe environment for themselves and patients.
  • demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and clinical judgment.
  • demonstrate professionalism and willingness to abide by the rules and policies of their workplace.

Employment

Employment rate and the national licensing exam results of the Cohort who graduated in May 2018.

ARDMS and/or CCI exam passing Employment rate
100%* passed 71.4%

*Data will be updated quarterly

Program Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. High school diploma (or GDP) and completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:
    • ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric
    • BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • FAD 205 Emergency Care and Safety or CPR BLS
    • Math placement exam
    • PHY 115 Topics in Applied Physics
    • HIT 102 Medical Terminology
    • PHL 102 Humanities requirement
    • SPE 108 Oral Communication
    • PSY 101 Introduction to psychology
    • BIO 186 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • National League for Nursing (NLN) exam grade.
  2. Submit an SSC application and forward all official high school or HSE/GED® transcripts as well as other college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.
  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 2.7 or higher (A = 4.0). All final course grades will be validated prior to the start of the program.
  4. Submit an Echocardiography Program Application to the program by mail or in person (Room 4457) no later than June 15th prior to the fall semester anticipating admissions.
  5. You will be notified in writing of your admission status no later than July 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.

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.

Echocardiography AAS Degree (ECG.AAS)

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Prerequisites Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
PHY 115 Topics in Applied Physics 3
BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 186 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HIT 102 Medical Terminology 1
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
General Education Requirements (Prior to entering program) Credits
PHL 102 Humanities Requirement 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester I – Fall Credits
ECG 100 Patient Care Skills 3
ECG 101 Echocardio Fundamentals 4
ECG 104 Echo Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Semester II – Spring Credits
ECG 108 Echo Anatomy II 3
ECG 200 Echo Physics 4
ECG 204 Echo Imaging I 4
Semester III – Summer Credits
ECG 126 Echo Clinical Education 4
ECG 205 Echo Imaging II 4
Semester IV – Fall Credits
ECG 127 Echo Clinical Education II 4
ECG 208 Echo Pathology 3
MDR 115 Medical Law & Ethics 3
Semester V – Spring Credits
ECG 226 Echo Clinical Education III 4
ECG 230 Echo Certificate Review 3
Total Credit Hours: 71

Echocardiography Certificate

Basic Certificate (EKG.BASIC)

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Prerequisites Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
BIO 185 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
HIT 102 Medical Terminology 1
MTH 095 Elementary Algebra
(with a grade of “C’ or above, or qualifying score on the Placement test.)
FAD-205 Emergency Care and Safety
(or an Active CPR BLS Card)
Fall Credits
ECG-100 Patient Care Skills 3
ECG-101 Echocardiography Fundamentals 4
ECG-104 Echo Anatomy & Physiology 4
Spring Credits
ECG-108 Echo Anatomy II 3
ECG-102 EKG Clinical 2
MDR-115 Medical Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 27