Echocardiography Program

Echocardiography Program header art

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.


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.

SSC Echocardiography Program Effectiveness Statistics

Retention Job Placement Credentialing Exam
Passing Rate
2021 Graduates 77.7% 100% Data to be provided in
May 2022.
2020 Graduates 77.7% 88.8% 88.8%
2019 Graduates 78.75% 81.82% 81.82%
2018 Graduates 63.64% 85.71% 85.71%
Updated on 2/18/2022. Next update is scheduled in May 2022.

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. (See instructions on the right column.)
  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.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.


Echocardiography AAS Degree (ECG.AAS)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
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)
PHL 102 Humanities Requirement 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester I – Fall
ECG 100 Patient Care Skills 3
ECG 101 Echocardio Fundamentals 4
ECG 104 Echo Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Semester II – Spring
ECG 108 Echo Anatomy II 3
ECG 200 Echo Physics 4
ECG 204 Echo Imaging I 4
Semester III – Summer
ECG 126 Echo Clinical Education 4
ECG 205 Echo Imaging II 4
Semester IV – Fall
ECG 127 Echo Clinical Education II 4
ECG 208 Echo Pathology 3
MDR 115 Medical Law & Ethics 3
Semester V – Spring
ECG 226 Echo Clinical Education III 4
ECG 230 Echo Certificate Review 3
Total Credit Hours: 71

Echocardiography Certificate

Basic Certificate (EKG.BASIC)

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)
ECG-100 Patient Care Skills 3
ECG-101 Echocardiography Fundamentals 4
ECG-104 Echo Anatomy & Physiology 4
ECG-108 Echo Anatomy II 3
ECG-102 EKG Clinical 2
MDR-115 Medical Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 27