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Degree Plans - Echocardiology Technology - Echocardiology Technology AAS (Archived)


(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree, Tech Prep)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.ECHO.6/10

The Echocardiology Technology program is a two-year program that prepares students to function as an Echocardiographer. The first year of the curriculum is designated as the Health Occupations Core Curriculum which consists of general education and health occupations core courses all of which are completed before a student applies for entrance to the program. The second year of the curriculum provides intensive didactic and clinical training in the medical specialty of Echocardiology.

The Echocardiology technologist performs cardiovascular examinations to produce a picture of a heart and great vessels using high-frequency sound waves. These examinations are used to diagnose congenital heart disease, valvular disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, and other cardiovascular disorders. Types of examinations include 2D and 3D Echo, M-mode and color flow Doppler, as well as Transesophageal and Stress Studies. The Echocardiographer may work in hospitals, clinics and physicians offices.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Telephone number 727-210-2350) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT, 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4244, Telephone number: 214-206-3117).

Admission requirements include attendance at a Specializing Imaging program information session, satisfactory scores on designated sections of the HESI A2 test, completion of Health Occupations Core Curriculum with a cumulative grade point of 3.00 or higher, completion of all requirements for admissions as a full-time student to the college. Applicants are rank-ordered for admission based on a weighted point system utilizing grade point average on the Health Occupations prerequisite courses and scores on the interview and HESI A2 test. Contact the Counseling Center at El Centro College for general course placement advisement and Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.



HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills 2
HPRS 2231 General Health Professions Management 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra (4)
SCIT 1407 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3


HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
HPRS 2210 Basic Health Profession Skills II 2
HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology 2
SCIT 1408 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


DSAE 2303 Cardiovascular Concepts 3
DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Principles and Instrumentation 3
DSAE 1208 Principles of Echocardiography 2
DSAE 1260 Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 2


DSAE 2404 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology I 4
DSAE 2660 Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6
DSAE 2335 Advanced Echocardiography 3


DSAE 2437 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology II 4
DSAE 2661 Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6
DSAE 2355 Echocardiography Professionalism and Registry Review 3

Minimum Hours Required 70-71

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from any 3-credit hour course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.

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